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Kick Off for the Gold Coast International Film Festival

Written by Pat Grace Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00

On a red carpet under the marquee of Manhasset’s Clearview Cinemas on May 10, Regina Gill, executive director of the Gold Coast International Film Festival, and Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman formally launched the first Gold Coast International Film Festival.

From June 1 – 5 an influx of thousands of theatergoers is expected, some will ride the rails from the city to the Clearview Cinemas in the suburbs of Port Washington, Manhasset, Great Neck, Herricks, and Roslyn. Additional screenings will take place at the Nassau County Museum of Art, Adelphi University, Hofstra University, and the Great Neck Arts Center. A total of 43 feature films and 20 shorts have been selected—and some are premieres.


Cellular Tower at DPW Bayview Garage Not Likely

Written by Pat Grac Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00
Leg. Judi Bosworth (D-Great Neck), along with Eric Monroe, President of Bayview Civic Association, and Richard Bentley, president of the Greater Council of Manhasset Civic Associations, hosted an information session at 7 p.m. on May 12, at the Manhasset Public Library for all residents interested in hearing about the proposed Bayview Garage, Manhasset cell tower. Mike Kelly from the Nassau County Real Estate Planning and Development Department along with Brad Hemingway, president and Randy Weichbrodt, CEO of Beacon Wireless were there to provide information about the proposal, which is scheduled to come before the Nassau County Planning Commission on June 9. Approximately 40 residents who attended had the opportunity to ask questions.

U Have 2 C This Store

Written by Pat Grace Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00

The Gibson, when open only a week, had already attracted, surprisingly, shoppers from surrounding towns. Brothers David and Afshin Haghani’s newest store in town is located near Dunkin’ Donuts on Plandome Road. “We are in a community with immediate texting, immediate phone calls,” Afshin said. “If shoppers find something they like, or something a friend might like, they text and photograph on the spot and send it to a friend saying, ‘Look what I just bought. You must see this store!’”

So in the first few days—“no curtains on the dressing rooms, no sign out front yet,” laughed the brothers, people from other towns were walking in asking what was the name of the store.


NC Legislature Holds First Hearing on Redistricting Proposal

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00

Republicans and Democrats Disagree

Over Interpretation of Section 112 of

Nassau County Charter

The members of the Nassau County Legislature can all agree on what Section 113 and Section 114 of the county charter mean; however, as residents at the first hearing on the 2011 county redistricting proposal (put forth by Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt and the Republicans who currently control the legislature) learned very quickly, Section 112 is a very different beast. Much of the discussion at the Monday, May 2 hearing involved questions of interpretation of the county charter- or, if it was a question of interpretation at all.

Sections 113 and 114 require a redistricting commission to be established one year and eight months prior to the 2013 election, with the final plan to be adopted in 2013. Section112, which deals with the subject of redistricting according to census data, is the justification for the Republicans’ controversial plan to redraw the district lines this year, subject to revision in 2013. While Democrats have criticized the plan as a transparent power-grab by Schmitt and his party, County Attorney John Ciampoli stated that the presence of Section 112 makes the redistricting immediately necessary for legal reasons.


Residents Speak Out Against Redistricting Plan at May 9 Hearing

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00

Calling the May 9 redistricting hearing “contentious” would be a gross understatement. While many of the residents and elected officials who took the podium criticized the plan logically and eloquently, there was a lot of screaming and yelling in the chamber. While the audience in the chamber was diverse in every respect, many members of the minority groups whose current alleged under-representation the redistricting plan is supposedly intended to correct, were present to tell Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt-in no uncertain terms-that he does not speak for them.

Minority Leader Diane Yatauro also did not mince words: “This hearing is nothing but a farce...I can tell you how most of this self-serving ‘Republican Protection Plan’ will play out today, over the next week. Here’s what will happen: We know that Peter Schmitt will claim to be the great protector of the minority community…” (the rest of this sentence was inaudible due to audience laughter). “Just as they were spending millions of dollars to defend the NIFA fight, but to no avail, as the Republicans were shot down in court, we’re expecting the same action. And that’s where this will end up again- in court,” Yatauro said.


Adena ‘Dean’ Anderson: Woman Behind the SCA Fair

Written by Deirdre F. Curtis Friday, 06 May 2011 00:00

SCA Fair Is This Saturday, May 7

The name Adena “Dean” Anderson may not be familiar to most Manhasset residents, but the children of Manhasset – indeed, the entire community – owe her a debt of gratitude. Without Dean Anderson’s initiative and community spirit, the SCA Fair might never have come to be.

Dean moved to Manhasset with her husband Albin and their two children, Carolyn Anne and Tommy, in 1941. From the time she arrived in town, Dean was an active and involved member of the community. Dean was the President of the Ruth Circle of the Lutheran Church, and Albin, as chairman of the Lutheran Church’s building committee, was instrumental in the construction of the church on Northern Boulevard, which was completed in 1946. Both Dean and Albin were active in Scouting with their children, and Dean was a Girl Scout leader and a member of the Board.


Red Light Cameras: Crossing the Line and ‘Amber Time’

Written by Pat Grace Friday, 06 May 2011 00:00
The New York State Legislature allowed 50 locations for red light cameras and is in the process of completing installation of them. Early in March the legislature endorsed two bills in the assembly and senate to increase the number and locations of red light cameras to 100. Motorists have been grumbling about the $50 tickets with the $15 surcharge. Some even suggested entrapment, saying the amber light had been shortened to snag more motorists.

“Not so,” said Chris Mistron, Nassau County’s Coordinator of Traffic Safety, who had been involved in the research for the red light cameras. “This is not an ‘I gotcha program,’ he stressed, rather, “It was set up for purposes of greater safety— to reduce accidents and fatalities. The program is geared to encourage people to change their behavior.”


Cardillo Guest Speaker at Greater Civics Meeting

Written by Pat Grace Friday, 29 April 2011 00:00

New York State Senator Jack Martins was at a meeting April 14 with Barbara Donno, his recently appointed Community Liaison for the Town of North Hempstead, and asked if he might accompany her to the Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations that evening. The guest speaker was School Superintendent Charlie Cardillo, presenting highlights from the 2011-12 proposed school budget.

Martins indicated, after spending the day in Albany, that he appreciated the opportunity to meet the “Greater Council” members and to hear Superintendent Cardillo’s presentation.


Dust Off Your Dancing Shoes, Manhasset Has a Dance Studio

Written by Pat Grace Friday, 29 April 2011 00:00
A dance studio was installed several weeks ago, but Josephine Perrotta has operated a business in Manhasset, on and off, for years. Stopped at the light at Northern Boulevard and Plandome Road, captive motorists curiously study the ball gowns in the window of Acre Couture, 69 Plandome Road.

Dancing and ball gowns are joined at the hip, but it wasn’t until designer Perrotta was asked to design an outfit for a ballroom dancer that she saw the possibility of a successful pairing. Her friend, dancer Patty Banibianco, was unable to find a gown to her liking and accompanied Ms. Perrotta to an Arthur Murray event to introduce her to the type of apparel dancers wear in competition.


Manhasset Public Library Budget Hearing

Written by Pat Grace Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00

Library Election Results

The 2011-12 Library Budget Passed

Yes:  244

No:   121

 Robert A. Carrozzo was elected trustee for a 5-year term

Robert A. Carrozzo - 271

David Ehrlich - 99

The total voting machine count was 413, apparently some only voting for candidates, some only voting for the budget.


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