When Mark Shackel heard trees being removed from Manhasset-Lakeville Water District property on Columbus Day, he assumed the work had to do with Hurricane Sandy.
Construction continued into the night, giving local residents their first look at a new, 190-foot radio communications tower which looms over houses on Eakins Road in Manhasset.
“They did it on Columbus Day, there was no warning,” said Shackel, who lives on Eakins across the street from the tower.
On a cloudy, cool and comfortable Saturday afternoon, Manhasset High School hosted its annual homecoming parade and football game. The parade had begun at 2 p.m. as the school’s marching band made it way down Plandome Road, en route to the football field on Manhasset Avenue.
The band was accompanied by the school’s cheerleaders. Then the jubilant student body of each grade followed with loud cheering along with the distribution of skittles candy to the viewers. The procession filled the streets with vibrant colors as the students also shot confetti into the air and blue and orange balloons were scattered around the street.
The weekly regimen for a handful of Manhasset High School science students drastically differs from last year’s, with in-class lectures and at-home reviews considered things of the past. Honors chemistry teacher Wendy Galfunt is replacing them with online videos and hands-on activities, piloting a thoroughly “flipped classroom”--in which lessons or lectures are delivered outside of class through video, so that teachers can spend class time helping students understand.
Galfunt previously struggled to balance class-wide instruction and personalized guidance in a given period, but thanks to the implementation of vodcasts, dedicates much of her time to the latter.
Local residents were horrified to see this looming tower spring up over the Columbus Day weekend and immediately contacted the Manhasset Press.
“We, the residents, didn’t know about this,” said Mark Shackell, who lives on Eakins Road. “We’re quite disturbed.”
Despite years of delay from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Manhasset resident Sue Auriemma refuses to give up her fight to ensure that all U.S. manufactured vehicles are built with and equipped with rearview cameras so that children are no longer at risk for being backed over.
“I never imagined that my child and I would ever experience the trauma of a backover accident,” said Auriemma. “Now I know firsthand how easily it can happen; my mission ever since has been to ensure it won’t happen to someone else.” Auriemma explained how important the camera safety feature is. “It’s impossible (given the height factor of SUVs) to see through metal and know what’s directly behind the bumper.”
Manhasset High School has an exciting opportunity to win $100,000 and a concert by superstar Kelly Clarkson and promote safe teen driving techniques all at the same time.
Celebrate My Drive is a one week program that runs from October 18-26 to coincide with Teen Driver Safety Week. It’s free to register at www.celebratemydrive.com and anyone age 14 and up may cast a daily vote during that week for Manhasset High School. The more votes the school garners, the better the chances are of winning.
Local Republicans are urging Interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan to schedule a final vote on the town budget before the Nov. 5 election.
For the past two years, Supervisor Jon Kaiman submitted a budget that falls below New York State’s tax cap then after Election Day submitted a budget that breaks the cap, said Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio, a candidate for supervisor. Kaiman resigned Sept. 23 after submitting a draft 2014 budget.
The cast and crew of the new hit NBC TV series The Blacklist sneaked into Manhasset last Wednesday, spent a full day quietly filming scenes just off Plandome Road and packed up and left town before most residents found out they had even been there.
Except for a few traffic cones and a Nassau County Police squad car at the entrance to George Street from Plandome and another car and set of cones at the intersection with Onderdonk Avenue, beginning around 9 a.m. there were no signs that anything unusual was happening on the one block long street or that a crew of about 75 had positioned its film equipment in front of the unoccupied house at 66 George.
In the coming weeks there will be constant reminders in the media that the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy is near, and what better time for residents to update their information with the local emergency alert service?
Peter Forman, commissioner of the Port Washington-Manhasset Office of Emergency Management, says residents can either sign up or update their contact information for free emergency alerts at www.NorthShoreAlert.org.
Residents across Nassau County are being hit with sharp school tax rate increases, leaving politicians pointing fingers and school administrators blaming a broken property assessment system, and specifically, valuation reductions on commercial properties.
The latest school tax bills, reflecting the higher rates, were mailed to Manhasset residents last week.
District figures show the school tax rate for Manhasset homeowners increasing by 4.52 percent.
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