One Manhasset-Lakeville fireman will not be marching in the Memorial Day Parade this year. Joseph A. Koncick, who was born in Manhasset in 1917, passed away last November 2009 at the age of 92. His long life was spent in Manhasset with his family and friends, he was an employee with Munsey Park School for 50 years, and served as a volunteer fireman for 70 years.
If there is a fire, do you first put out the flames or try to find their source? Most agree in Nassau County that the current system by which property taxes are assessed and grieved is a crisis of “fire” proportions – with a quarter of a billion in taxpayer dollars wasted each year and well over $1 billion in existing debt - but officials and interest groups have begun arguing heatedly over how to fight it before the whole county goes down in the blaze.
This year’s SCA Fair was held on Saturday, May 1 under perfect skies. It was wonderful to see the many smiling faces of children and adults alike as they enjoyed the exciting rides, challenging games and delicious food. From the Petting Zoo to the SCA Bakery to the authentic fair cuisine, the 2010 SCA Fair offered something for everyone. There was extraordinary entertainment by Manhasset’s very own talent. The wide variety of vendors under the Big Tent offered a multitude of wares. Fairgoers enjoyed sifting through the Attic Treasures to find some new treasures of their own and browsed the many books for sale. All told, this year’s Fair was one of the most successful ever.
Trapani Fine Art and Picture Frame, located at 447 Plandome Road, hosted its Grand Opening artists’ reception on Saturday evening May 15. The gallery owner, Al Trapani, and his staff, welcomed hundreds of enthusiastic guests to a night of fine art browsing, music, and refreshments.
The League of Women Voters provides an invaluable community service running “Meet the Candidates” nights during important local elections. They were to be forgiven a little campaigning themselves May 4 at the library before they introduced four candidates for two seats on the Manhasset Board of Education. They solicited new members to carry on the work of the league and, despite the name, invited men to join too. After introducing Rita Tanski, timekeeper, each candidate gave an opening statement, answered questions from the audience, then delivered a closing statement.
Candidates for a seat on the school board are Craig Anderson, Karen Haunss-Sapinski, M.D., Greg Johnston and Regina Rule. Each candidate thanked the League of Women Voters and the community before delivering their opening remarks.
The Citizens Advisory Committee on Finance (CACF) unanimously supports the proposed Manhasset School District Budget of $83,512,677 for the year 2010-2011. The budget represents an increase of $2,418,398 (or 2.98 percent) over the prior year. The budgeted increase in expenses is expected to be paid for by a $902,346 (or 1.23 percent) increase in the property tax levy and a $1,516,052 (or 19.02 percent) increase in revenues other than property taxes. The proposed year-over-year budget increase of 2.98 percent takes into account that: (i) all current instructional programs will be continued, (ii) all extra-curricular and interscholastic athletic programs will be maintained at this year’s levels, (iii) there are an additional 58 students (1.86 percent) projected to be enrolled in the district for the next school year, and (iv) there will be no increase in the class size guidelines.
The Village of North Hills is studying a proposal to construct a 17,000 sq. ft. Cultural Center. The proposed center would be built on a two-acre site on the Long Island Expressway South Service Road, between New Hyde Park and Shelter Rock Road.
The proposal has run into opposition from some village residents, who stated their concerns at a recent village meeting.
Gov. Paterson wants to sell wine in supermarkets. Both the Senate and Assembly have removed it from their budgets, but the governor kept it, claiming it will be a moneymaker.
The crowd at Young’s Fine Wines and Spirits on April 6 disagreed. Small business generates well over 90 percent of jobs and the governor’s proposal, they believe, will put many local liquor stores out of business. Young’s co-owner, Ed Wassmer, welcomed politicians, neighboring liquor store owners, locals, vineyard owners from out east—the list of concerned individuals on hand supporting him in the fight against the proposal was long—and each had his own reasons for opposing the sale of wine in grocery stores (WIGS).
Toren Volkmann could easily have been anyone’s teenager in Manhasset—motivated, bright, athletic, attractive, he had it all. But he partied too much and over the years it took its toll. He stood before the audience of about 70 parents and school administrators at the high school auditorium on April 15 as a recovered alcoholic, featured speaker and co-author, with his mother, of From Binge to Blackout.
At this Town Hall Meeting, “Teens Don’t Just Drink...They Drink to Excess,” Manhasset Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA) joined hundreds of community coalitions nationwide to alert parents to the risks of underage drinking and inform parents and the community how to take action to stop it. Cited often, for the sake of comparison, is the nation’s changed outlook on smoking. Now that smoking is a documented health risk individuals, of their own accord, have quit. It was said it is now known that between ages 12 and 23 the brain develops tremendously.
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