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Freshman Michael Gabriel To Perform With Nassau Pops

Manhasset High School freshman Michael Gabriel was recently accepted to the Juilliard School Pre-College Program as a double bass player. The highly competitive program, which runs all-day Saturdays from September to June, has recitals throughout the year.

This summer, Gabriel will perform with adult musicians in the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra at four concerts. Last summer at 14, he also played four concerts with them and was the youngest performer in their orchestra.

The bassist has not only played at two concerts at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center with the Children’s Orchestra Society under conductor Michael Dadap, but has also performed at the Tilles Center, at NYSSMA, and at charitable events, such as a recent concert for Sandy Hook at John Jay College.

Gabriel has been playing the double bass since fourth grade in Shelter Rock Elementary School. He currently studies privately with bass teacher Tomoya Aomori and is in the Chamber String Ensemble in Manhasset High School under the direction of Carolyn Shyr.

This summer, Gabriel will be performing with the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Louis Panacciulli on July 24 at Valley Stream Village Green, July 26 at Mineola Park, July 31 at Plainview/Old Bethpage Park, and August 4 at Morgan Park in Glen Cove.

News

Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders. 

 

“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”

A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus. 

 

“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.

Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”


Sports

On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.

In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.


Calendar

Champions for Charity

Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, December 6



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