The Manhasset Youth Council’s Summer Program, which consisted of six day-trips and an overnight trip to Philadelphia and Hershey Park, had a highly successful and fun-filled month of July. Anthony Blyskal, program director, reported that a total of 162 enthusiastic middle and high school students participated and that he and assistant director Steve Gilroy were always surrounded by smiling, happy faces.
New York City attractions are always important parts of the program, and this year’s three city trips featured ten varied venues. The first trip was to an evening performance of Matilda, the highly acclaimed new Broadway musical. Lucy Pavlovich commented, “Matilda was amazing; I want to see it again” and Jenna Tishler noted that “the cast was so talented, and the show was so very funny.”
The familiar gridlock at the intersection of Manhasset Avenue and Plandome Road may be fixed in time for the upcoming school year--if the Town of North Hempstead can create a dedicated right turn lane for drivers before students return to their classrooms and the infamous crossing.
Town spokesman Ryan Mulholland said this project took six years of planning, and with delivery of an engineer’s report expected any day now, officials hope to begin its final phase: construction.
“We just manage each call one at a time, and we’ve had quite a few,” said Donald Alberto, superintendent of the North Hills Building Department.
One of Manhasset’s oldest landmarks—Christ Episcopal Church on Northern Boulevard—is slated for a major facelift, according to Rev. David B. Lowry.
Parishioners established the church in 1802 and its current chapel—the third in the congregation’s history—stands on a former cow pasture. Its cemetery provides a resting spot for individuals who belonged to prominent local families (Van Wyck, Nostrand and Whitney, to name a few), as well as George Washington’s physician. The chapel even houses the oldest church window in America, created in France between 1290 and 1310.
The Manhasset Park District is stepping up enforcement in its Long Island Rail Road parking lot.
It can take 10-15 minutes for Manhasset commuters to leave the parking lot in their vehicles because people picking up passengers clog the lot by waiting in their vehicles in a no standing or idling zone, said Manhasset Park District Commissioner David Paterson at the July 22 meeting.
To urge people to move along, the parking lot features new signs, as well as a Park District code enforcement officer two to three nights per week. Standing or idling in the parking lot is a $70 fine.
Everyone in Munsey Park has gotten a wave and a smile from Wilson “Willie” Mead, no matter what job he is in the middle of. “If you give a smile, you’re going to get one back,” the 56-year-old said. He has been working for the Village of Munsey Park as a utility worker since 1990, and when he retires this September, a void will be felt around the village. Willie is a fixture in the community and is always around to help you out. When the seasons change, Willie can be found mowing the lawns, blowing leaves, picking up branches or plowing snow. As maintenance worker, he is up early to raise the American flag at numerous sites in Munsey Park, which holds special meaning to this Marine veteran. He works side by side with Jim McInnis, labor supervisor. During Super Storm Sandy, Meade protected the Pekin ducks in Copley Pond and got the village back on track after the storm.
No one would be surprised to learn that he has volunteered to read to the students of Munsey Park School because he cares about the kids and the community. He read Elsie the Snowplow to entertain them and give them tips for safety in the snow.
Get ready for boot camp. Nassau County residents Jonathan Sabino and Freddy Rodriguez are opening a new gym at 601 Plandome Road in Manhasset.
Scheduled to open in late Fall or early September, Manhasset Fitness Center will feature classes that incorporate boot camp and obstacle race training with mixed martial arts conditioning, said Sabino, of Port Washington. The gym will also include separate areas for traditional weight training equipment, personal training and recovery classes such as yoga.
Work has commenced on the former Filene’s Basement location next to Marshall’s at 1400 Northern Boulevard. The building will showcase Nordstrom’s Rack, opening in spring 2014.
“Manhasset is the perfect location for our new store,” Chris Johnson of Nordstrom’s publicity department states. “Nordstrom’s Rack will offer the discerning client the power of Nordstrom’s at a good value.”
The loss of Manhasset School Special Education Administrator Jodi Shapiro came swiftly. “The untimely death led to a very emotional response from many in the Manhasset school community,” said Charlie Cardillo, superintendent of Manhasset schools. “Jodi had a tremendous passion for her job which was reflected in her tireless commitment to the special education children in both elementary schools.”
Shapiro died early on Saturday morning, July 13, 2013 shortly after an unexpected diagnosis of advanced cancer. She was 39 years old. Services were held the next day at Gutterman Funeral Home in Woodbury.
Early on a Sunday morning in June, The Port Washington Volunteer Fire Department (PWFD) and the Nassau County Firematic Water Rescue Association hosted a water rescue operations training course.
Although Manhasset-Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department (MLFD) Company’s #1 crew regularly gathers for weekly company training, water rescue operations training is not the norm. As many as a dozen fire departments from across Nassau County, which are likely to be mobilized for water rescue incidents, arrived at Bar Beach with their special operations apparatus at about 7:30 a.m.
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