After class president Amit Vora led the flag salute, a vocalist and member of the class of 2010, Sarah Welsh, sang the Star Spangled Banner to initiate the commencement. Amit Vora then returned to deliver his greeting to all who attended the commencement ceremony. Then discussed how diverse the Class of 2010 really was, a notion that would be repeated throughout the night. “Our class is filled with people who are incredibly hard workers and the success of our class members shows that. We have geniuses, people who have won amazing academic awards, great athletes, great musicians, great actors, and simply all around good people.” He also cited the class’ reputation as fun-loving when he mentioned that the members of the class of 2010 are “diligent, hardworking students who know when to have a good time.” He then went on to thank teachers, especially Mr. Novak, class advisor to the graduating class, custodians, and family members for all the time and help they had devoted to the class of 2010 over the years. In a memorable side note, Amit Vora, Demitri Dedousis, class secretary, and Jonathan Gillis, created their own twist to the introduction of Superintendent Charles Cardillo by unveiling a picture of him when he was in college.
As part of its Parents Who Host Lose the Most Underage Drinking Prevention Campaign, Manhasset CASA is proud to feature the work of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. In its efforts to educate the Manhasset community to the health, safety and legal consequences of underage drinking, this week’s article “Behavior and The Teen Brain” has been provided by the Partnership to explain how the process of a teen’s brain development impacts their behaviors and decision making abilities:
“From early adolescence through their mid-20s, a teen’s brain develops somewhat unevenly, from back to front. This may help explain their endearingly quirky behavior but also makes them prone to risk-taking.
The first time an event is held is rarely its best showing, but it will be difficult to top the First Annual Philanthropic Children’s Fun Run held Saturday, June 19, that began and ended at Waldmann/Polliwog Pond, for all children in town ages 2-12. There were 150 runners, although it seemed like more, and the run raised over $5,000. Those funds will primarily benefit The Max Cure Foundation for pediatric cancer research.
The Max Cure Foundation was begun about 3 years ago by the Plotkin family. David and Annemarie Plotkin had two children then, Alexander and Max, who, in May 2007, was diagnosed with a rare lymphomia just one day before his 4th birthday. Max spent that birthday in Sloan Kettering and for two years underwent intensive chemotherapy, but since June of 2009 his cancer has been in remission.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that a North Hills cardiologist has been convicted of illegally installing a hidden camera in the office bathroom of his Manhasset doctor’s office to secretly view patients and employees without their knowledge.
If you googled your child, what would you find? This was one of the many questions explored at the Nassau Counselors’ Association—Counselors, Administrators, Parents (CAP)—Conference held April 23, at the Ruth S. Harley University Center on the campus of Adelphi University in Garden City. A chapter of the New York Counseling Association, the NCA is an organization formed to meet the professional needs of individuals working or interested in counseling and human development by presenting a wide variety of programs and activities in these fields.
On June 2, Moody’s Investor Services revised Nassau County’s rating outlook to negative from stable while retaining the current Aa3 rating. The Aa3 rating with negative outlook affects $1.3 billion of the County outstanding and guaranteed debt. The “negative outlook” could also result in a future rating downgrade with accompanying higher borrowing costs to the County.
The American Legion Manhasset Post 304 proclaimed the theme of this year’s parade “Honoring Women in the Service.” The three-day Memorial Day weekend was filled with sunshine and began early Saturday morning with Legionnaires and Boy Scouts, with their parents, flagging the veteran’s graves at the Pinelawn National Cemetery. Some 30 to 35 Scouts from the Post sponsored Boy Scouts of America Troop 97 and Cub Scout Pack 101, together with the Legionnaires, and with great reverence and respect, placed small American flags in front of each veteran’s grave. On Sunday morning, Legionnaires and the Women’s Auxiliary attended ecumenical services at Christ Episcopal Church. The service was conducted by the Reverend David Lowery with more than 40 Post and Auxiliary members in attendance.
On February 25, the Manhasset Board of Education announced that it had reached a global settlement of all issues with the Manhasset Education Support Personnel Association (MESPA) in relation to MESPA’s lawsuit on the district’s outsourcing of transportation in July 2005. At its June 1 meeting, the board of education approved agreements with the individual members of the district’s former transportation department:
United States Senator Charles E. Schumer, joined by local residents and officials, announced that first-ever mandatory regulations were issued on Monday, May 24, that will set minimum altitudes and establish mandatory flight patterns for helicopters on Long Island that have long disrupted the quality of life of residents.
The proposed regulations are the result of years of work by Schumer, dating back to 2004, waging a relentless campaign at all levels of government, to rein in rogue helicopters flying at exceptionally low altitudes, creating deafening noise in local communities. The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), issued Monday, will be followed by a 30 day public comment period. “These regulations are the culmination of years of work to protect Long Island residents from intrusive and disruptive helicopter noise that has impinged on the quality of life of families throughout the Island,” said Schumer. “Residents will finally have some peace and quiet and not have to worry about being jolted out of bed or interrupted at dinner. These regulations will make it clear, enough is enough.”
After undertaking a comprehensive polling of its residents, the Village of North Hills has decided to put on hold plans to construct a Culture and Exercise Center.
“If it wasn’t going to be used, we didn’t want to do it,” Mayor Marvin Natiss said of the proposed center.
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