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Letter: An Open Letter To Rev. Vincent Cooke

As the Assistant for Strategic Planning, Society of Jesus, New York Province, you have not as yet responded to my phone call and message to the Provision main number.

Many, including myself, recognize the inherent legal right of the Jesuits to “cash in” on their assets and had viewed the sale as “nothing we can do about it” because no one was able to match the $35-37 million sale to the mainland China development group now in contract...until NOW.

The latest new proposal has been made to the Jesuits—written directly to Fr. Cooke, not only matching the contract sale price but also willing to add the cost of termination of the current sale contract. Real estate purchase contracts in this dollar range always include “out clauses” or predicated on the purchaser receiving the municipality’s approval for the proposed development. The alternative written proposal clearly asked Fr. Cooke or his representatives to meet with them. Instead this Catholic organization invoked a veil of secrecy. Fr. Cooke apparently will only answer phone calls and email from Newsday. The Jesuit NYC provincial office silence is deafening and disheartening, and their reply that “no alternative offer has been made” is simply playing semantics. While clearly the Jesuits have shown NO interest in saving the mansion they were given, nor the social service the facility now provides, I pray there is an epiphany. Now that an alternative purchase that keeps this historical Brady mansion and its spiritual based programs, I anticipate this community will escalate every possible effort to get the Jesuits to meet and discuss the alternative offer. It is written on each dollar the Jesuits receive that “In God We Trust,” and many of us now pray that God is providing divine intervention on the Jesuit NYC Provincials to do the right thing—cash in on their asset while preserving a historical site and providing spiritual based social and wellness services.

We recently accomplished with the Christ Episcopal Church in Manhasset to not only preserve local history but the social/spiritual services their Parish House facility provides. The same is achievable for Inisfada but discussion and communication is of the essence to make it happen. I do look forward to assisting in that goal.

Richard Bentley, President

Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations, Inc.


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.”


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.


Champions for Charity

Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, December 6


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