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.
Her opponent is Republican Dina De Giorgio, of Port Washington.
The Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting in the Manhasset secondary school board room on July 11. Regina Rule, after three years on the Board, was elected President. Carlo Prinzo, formerly president, was elected vice-president. Rule served as vice-president leading up to this election.
Board appointments included Charles Cardillo, superintendent, Carol Catanzaro, district clerk, Brian Lonegan, district treasurer, and Rosemary Johnson, deputy treasurer.
High school students Sidney Klainberg, Sadie Donnelly, Jackie Nikakis, Priya Alagesan, avnd Alice Donnelly, along with moms Harriet Nikakis and Merilyn Donnelly, arrived early Saturday morning to tend to the Manhasset Secondary School’s vegetable garden. All were eager to decompress after two weeks of finals and year-end school projects. While the girls reminisced about the school year just ended and chatted about summer plans, they were busy in the garden.
The morning was spent sweeping walkways, weeding (much needed thanks to recent rains), staking snap peas and pole beans, pruning an overgrown bush, planting a few small azaleas, watering, and raking feathers from the mulch. Best experience of the day - admiring the new addition to the tomato patch – pineapple plants!
Town Clerk Leslie Gross sat down with Anton reporters last week to explain why she’s running for re-election, her switch to the Republican ticket and why she’s the most knowledgeable person for the job.
Gross is up against Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink for Town of North Hempstead town clerk, a position she has held since 2007. Since then, she has been a part of several initiatives, including drug testing for taxi drivers, extending office hours twice a month, and the Hometown Heroes program.
Manhasset residents are looking forward to safer, smoother travel through the dreaded triangle formed by North Plandome Road, Plandome Road and Stonytown Road. The intersection will be re-engineered this summer to install a traffic light, extend the pedestrian walkway on Stonytown Road and reconfigure the roadway.
The intersection was originally a country road for travel to and from Port Washington. Active development of the area in more recent years has not only increased traffic volume, but also changed the flow. Originally, the intersection was designed for right-of-way to vehicles traveling westbound on Stonytown Road to Port Washington, or eastbound on Plandome Road toward the town of Manhasset. Now, however, the predominant traffic flow is north-south on Plandome Road and North Plandome Road. Large vehicles have no alternative route due to the height restriction of the Long Island Railroad overpass on Stonytown Road.
The fate of the Jesuit-owned retreat house known as Inisfada, just off Searingtown Road in the Village of North Hills, is a topic of much discussion and unanswered questions for Manhasset residents. The 93-year-old, 87-room mansion is reportedly under contract to be sold to a Hong Kong developer, who, some speculate, will demolish the building to make way for high-end homes.
Many residents have more than just questions; they are raising objections. “The historical value of it is certainly at the top of the list, followed immediately by the last thing Manhasset needs is another housing development,” said Richard Bentley, president of The Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations Inc.
Each Wednesday, vendors arrive early from all over New York to set up their tents at Christophe Morley Park for the local farmers market, sponsored by the Long Island Growers Market. They come with their trucks, trailers and Chevrolet Suburbans, packed with produce and wares, selling fish, pasta, cheese, baked goods, flavored oils, pickles, and nut butters. The market is a treasure trove of delicacies, anchored on each end with vegetable and fruit farmers, like Terry from Orient.
As the satisfaction of winter comfort food departs, leaving you yearning for something new, different and fresh, relief can be found there in Stephanie William’s indulgent artisanal nut butters, selling for $6 to $9 per jar, or Trevor Byan’s “3 Nuts” brand of fresh bakery items, farm fruits and honey from the apiaries on his farm at the Orchard of Conklin’s in Pomona, N.Y. Check out Masaki Momo’s new “MOMO dressing” or the fresh fish catch Meredith Daniels offers from F.V. Lady, South Hampton.
Father Christopher Costigan has been assigned to the position of Associate Pastor of the Church of Saint Mary, effective June 26, announced Reverend Monsignor John J. McGann, pastor.
Father Christopher Costigan was raised in Oceanside and attended Saint Christopher’s Church and Elementary School in Baldwin. As a 1998 graduate of Chaminade High School, Costigan attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated with a degree in government and international studies in 2002, minoring in philosophy and theology. He worked for one year as an emergency medical technician, entering the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington in 2003 to study for the priesthood. He was ordained on June 14, 2008 and was assigned by Bishop William F. Murphy to Saint Bernard’s parish in Levittown.
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