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Chamber Member of the Week: August 29, 2013

Saturday, 31 August 2013 00:00

Inside The Armoire

One of the latest stores to open in Manhasset is Inside the Armoire, specializing in fine lingerie, sleepwear, loungewear and swimwear. “After seeing a need on the North Shore of Long Island for expert fittings of foundation garments and quality underpinnings, I started my business in Locust Valley in 2011,” says owner and local resident Karen Papadopoulos, “and I decided to move it closer to home for several reasons.” Among the reasons she cites for choosing Manhasset are population density, demographics, proximity to other boutiques and its reputation as a premier shopping destination.

Joining the business since the relocation is another Manhasset resident, Cori Bayardelle. “The people of Manhasset are not just customers to us. They are our neighbors and friends. We enjoy being part of, and contributing to, this tight-knit community,” says Papadopoulos. “This vibrant community has embraced Inside the Armoire and we are proud to be established here,” she adds. It was evident to her, she states, that local businesses support each other and create a positive business environment.


Americana Sparks Electrical Fire

Written by Elizabeth Johnson, Friday, 30 August 2013 00:00

On Sunday, August 25, at 8:50 p.m. the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the Americana Manhasset shopping center at 2110 Northern Boulevard. Deputy Chief Mark Kiess arrived on the scene first and found heavy smoke in the basement. The routine fire alarm response became anything but routine. The initial alarm was immediately upgraded to a “structure fire” and all five Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Companies and the ambulance unit were called to the scene. The parking lot was filled with emergency vehicles.

Firefighters from Company One searched for the source of the smoke while the Company Three stretched a precautionary hose line.  A fire was found in a large electrical panel that housed battery backup devices.  

Multiple dry chemical extinguishers were used to extinguish the burning materials. Then the crews set up numerous fans to ventilate the basement, which was filled with smoke and had elevated levels of carbon monoxide.  

The Port Washington Fire Department also responded to the mutual aid call, and provided a Firefighter Assist & Search Team (FAST). The Nassau County Fire Marshal’s office is currently investigating the cause of the fire. According to Fourth Deputy Chief Kirk Candan, all fire units were released from the scene by the Incident Commander Deputy Chief Michael Farrone within one and half hours.

Americana’s owner, Castagna Realty, had no comment.


International Travel For Students

Written by Aliza Schauder, Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

Long Island’s claims to fame – beaches, amphitheater concerts and the Hamptons – are particularly relevant during the summer months, but that didn’t stop several Manhasset students from skipping town … even though they had just returned days or weeks before!

The allures of volunteer missions, internship opportunities and family visits led four college students to escape the local gridlock for international experiences that would forever change their perspectives on life. Although they are now re-acclimated to New York’s fast paced culture, these voyages remain on the forefronts of their minds.  This is the first article in a two part series.


Core Curriculm Results Are In

Written by Aliza Schauder, Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Math scores rise,

English scores fall

Manhasset’s students put their content area knowledge – and test taking skills – up for evaluation in April, and according to Superintendent Charles Cardillo, fared better than their counterparts in nearly every other Long Island school district.

In fact, according to Manhasset’s calculations, its students ranked second, only falling behind their peers in Jericho.

Cardillo is pleased with his students’ comparative successes, but is keenly aware of the statewide plunge in scores.


The Impact Of Gift Of Life

Written by Andy Newman, Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00

While visiting a terminally ill patient at St. Francis Hospital in 2011, Munsey Park resident Angela Lostritto, needed to step out of the room, gather her thoughts and get a cup of coffee. She had no idea, when she arrived at the hospital’s coffee shop that the direction of her life was about to change so dramatically.

Lostritto saw what appeared to be a press conference and party going on and she was angry. “I’m really mad at this point,” Lostritto recalled, “because I’m thinking of the serious condition of the patient I just left. I see all this commotion and it looks like they’re having a party.”


The Calm Before Conservation … Or The Storm?

Written by Aliza Schauder, Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00

Building’s fate unknown

Inisfada’s fate is seemingly in the hands of the Manhasset Bay Group, Inc., and the shroud of secrecy surrounding the five-month-old corporation’s intentions is leaving many activists to fear the worst: demolition of the Gold Coast mansion resting on the 33 acres that the New York Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) sold for $36.5 million.

Richard Bentley, president of the Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations, Inc., said the Jesuits absolved themselves of “moral and ethical obligations” to ensure preservation of the 87-room relic that Genevieve Brady donated to them in 1937.


The MacLennan Pharmacy Since 1948

Written by Joy Robinson, Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

Local Gem Still Running Strong

Anthony and Peter Mercaldo have a lot in common. Today, they are both pharmacists sharing the same business role serving the Manhasset community. According to younger brother Peter, both excelled in science and math and life just lead them down the very same path – 588 Plandome Road to be exact – home to local pharmacy favorite: MacLennan.

“Who better to work with than your own family,” said Peter. “I’ve obviously known Anthony my entire life so I know what to expect and he’s a pleasure to work with,” added Peter who smiled when he said he can probably finish his older brother Anthony’s sentences. Anthony owned another pharmacy on the south shore, but once they learned MacLennan Pharmacy was on the market, the brothers seized the opportunity and went into business together in 1994.


Americana’s Architectural Presence

Written by Aliza Schauder, Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00

Construction site

to house

Hillside Staircase

The southwest corner of Northern Boulevard and Searingtown Road is home to numerous drivers making their ways to and from the Long Island Expressway, and for much of the summer, a construction site on the property of Americana Manhasset.

Longtime shoppers may remember a staircase at that location. It was removed approximately 10 years ago, when Waldbaums – not Gucci – was visible from the street. Americana officials and designers from the Oehme van Sweden landscape architecture firm are now working to replace the timber and gravel version with a contemporary addition.


Chamber Merchant of the Week: August 16, 2013

Saturday, 17 August 2013 00:00

Steiner’s Pastry Shop -

Fine Continental


Franz Steiner’s eyes light up when he talks about baking. He says he loves the daily creativity of baking special requests for the many events in people’s lives, and he even loves making the daily freshly-baked favorites that people love and keep coming back for—pecan rings, breads, Irish Soda Bread, pastries, pies, cakes and cookies of all kinds. He says “the most popular items are jelly donuts and Melt-a-Way coffee cakes.”

When growing up in Austria, it was expected that as the oldest son in his family he would enter his father’s profession. “We lived above my father’s bakery and I loved spending time downstairs with my father at work,” says Steiner as he fondly recalls those early days helping his father and learning from him.


Diving Boards To Be Installed at Christopher Morley

Written by Marilou Giammona, Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00

Defunct three-tier

diving platform remains

The Nassau County Department of Public Works is poised to install new diving boards at Christopher Morley Park, but the county is not ready to take the plunge with regard to the multi-tiered diving platform.

Up until this summer, Morley’s diving pool had two operable diving boards, one high and one low. “Right now there is only one [diving board] that is being used,” said a pool official who requested anonymity. “There used to be two [but] they removed the high board. We ordered new ones, they just haven’t been installed yet.”


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