Artificial turf, the synthetic “grass” on sports fields throughout the country, remains a “hot” issue. The pros and cons have been debated for years: Do the benefits of the fields outweigh the concerns, or vice versa? Do the fields enable more kids to enjoy much-needed exercise, despite inclement weather? Or, do they endanger the health of children or the environment? And, has a final, comprehensive, definitive study, which considers all of the factors, already been completed or is it still to be done?
The Manhasset American Legion Post 304 previously announced the theme of the parade this year “You did your job-you saved our way, Our life and freedom you preserved, We’ve thanked you less than you deserve…”
Dr. Samuel R. Bierstock. The day dawned clear with sparkling sunshine-cool and comfortable. The Memorial Day weekend began on early Saturday morning with the flagging of veteran’s graves at the Pinelawn National Cemetery. Legionnaires were joined by the Post-sponsored Boy Scouts of America Troop 97 and Cub Scout Pack 101 with their parents. Together, they placed small American flags in front of each veteran’s grave in their assigned section of the cemetery. On Sunday morning, Legionnaires and the Women’s Auxiliary attended ecumenical services at the Church of Our Saviour Lutheran Church conducted by the Reverend Ray Ormand.
Mayors of five Manhasset Villages joined mayors from across Nassau County in blasting New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s local government consolidation plan. The five villages are all members of the Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA), which is comprised of 64 incorporated villages in Nassau County representing nearly 450,000 residents. The proposed legislation could make it easier for disgruntled residents to bring about a referendum which could ultimately result in the dissolution of a village.
(Submitted by the New York State School Boards Association.)
Voters throughout New York State approved a record 97.3 percent of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 19, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association.
Initial statewide results gathered by NYSSBA early Wednesday indicate voters have passed 611 school district budgets. The number of budgets defeated was 17.
“School boards were faced with gut-wrenching budget decisions this year,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “But it is clear that parents and taxpayers understood that districts worked very hard to keep taxes down while trying to maintain programs and provide a quality education to students.”
On March 8, Rocky Pacent, Manhasset PAL Baseball/Softball Girls Travel Coordinator, lost his six-month battle with cancer. Rocky worked tirelessly for Manhasset PAL. The Rocky Pacent Softball Fund plans to realize one of his dreams by constructing a state-of the art girls’ ball field in Manhasset. The field will serve middle and high school girls’ softball teams, as well as boys and girls in PAL programs. Improving the Manhasset High School “lower field” will benefit Manhasset baseball and softball players of all ages.
The field is in dire need of repair. Due to poor drainage, any rainfall renders the field unplayable for days. This spring 75 percent of the scheduled PAL boys and girls games have been cancelled due to this unplayable field. Five of the six Varsity Softball home games required relocation to the opposing teams’ fields. There are other problems with the current field: poor fencing, insufficient bleacher space, and no player benches.
The “Sidewalk Sweep” on Saturday to launch the “Community Courtesy Campaign” of the Coalition for a Safer Manhasset was a tremendous success. The 8 a.m. start at Coach Realty, compliments of Diane Harragan, produced a sea of balloons that a group of dedicated volunteers prepared and distributed all along Plandome Road from Northern Blvd. to Webster Avenue. The slight drizzle at the beginning of the event did not deter volunteers from stepping up to their assignments.
Saturday, May 9 was a special day for the Manhasset baseball community. Sponsored by the MHS Booster Club, Manhasset PAL Baseball, and The Indians Rock Field of Dreams Committee, the Day of Baseball ushered in a new era for Manhasset’s baseball players young and old. Paying tribute to all those who contributed to making the dream a reality, the well-attended event served to dedicate the new varsity baseball field as well as showcase the play-off bound girls varsity softball and also play-off bound boys varsity baseball team.
The Manhasset School Board’s proffered budget of $81,094,279 for 2009-2010 represents just a .87 percent increase over 2008-2009. The board, as is required by law, has also set forth a smaller contingency budget in the amount of $80,642,369 that would be adopted in the event the proposed budget is defeated. Many have asked how this is possible if the law provides for a contingency budget that may contain increased spending of as much as 4 percent.
The short answer is that is what the Education Law provides. While a school board has the right to impose a 4 percent increase in spending in the aftermath of a defeated budget, it also has the discretion not to do so. And that is what the Manhasset School Board, and other school boards across Long Island, is doing. It is simply not the case that when voters defeat a school budget that, as proposed, is less than the statutory limit, the contingency budget automatically defaults upward to the statutory limit. If the voters defeat a proposed budget that is, as is the case with the Manhasset school budget, less than the statutory cap, the budget ultimately adopted--also called an austerity budget--will, in fact, be less than that proposed budget.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has a slogan – “Going Your Way.” But it should possibly be changed to “Going in Your Pocket.”
The Senate Democratic Majority has voted to support a bailout of the MTA with a payroll tax that will be applied to all businesses in the areas the MTA serves including Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Pat Grace, editor of the Manhasset Press, was recognized May 1 at the Fair Media Council’s luncheon where Dan Rather was the keynote speaker.
Pat received the Folio Award for winning in the print category for a feature story under 2,000 words for her Oct. 16, 2008 article “Gift of Life’s Legacy Comes Full Circle.”
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