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Plandome Road Merchants Association Checklist

The monthly meeting of the Plandome Road Merchant’s Association was held on Feb. 27 and hosted by John Russo and Diane Harragan of Coach Realtors.

Ed Wassmer, of Young’s Fine Wines and member of the parking sub-committee, opened the meeting and an extensive discussion about parking ensued.  With the help of Councilwoman Anna Kaplan, the new revised parking signs on Orchard Street have been installed. Hopefully, this change will alleviate some of the parking problems. Additional side street parking will be discussed at another meeting.

Wassmer stressed that the Chamber and the Plandome Road Merchants Association (PRMA) must work closely with civic groups to enable change to happen and to encourage new business owners to open on Plandome Road. The stores and the community are not separate-they are symbiotic.

Marion Stainkamp, of Town & Country Flowers and chair of the Business Card Exchange, announced it has been scheduled for April 18 at Chase Bank on Plandome Road.  The format is “speed networking,” a fun, popular and proven way of getting to know a number of businesses in a short amount of time.

Plans for beautifying Plandome Road with the annual hanging flower baskets were announced. Community participation in the program is encouraged and each pole will have a sign stating the donor’s name, and names will also be listed in the Manhasset Press.

Diane Harragan of Coach Realtors and Adopt-a-Pole chairperson, and Alex Otis, of Manhasset Florist, who provides the plants, discussed the plant and color selection and noted the hanging date will be in time for Memorial Day. The Town of North Hempstead will water the plants as it has done in the past. Mr. Otis, who is overseeing the plants from seedling to hanging said, “We will probably have patriotic color petunias.”

Tom Fountain, of Manhasset Delicatessen, reported that a list of PRMA goals was being reviewed and will eventually be presented in its final form. These goals will be shared with the residents via the Manhasset Press. Merchant volunteers will personally visit their neighbor businesses to canvass them with a questionnaire as to their interests, requests, suggestions and ideas in conjunction with PRMA.

Chairman Wassmer discussed the current and future goals of this committee of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce—including the logo, continued association with the Manhasset Press, marketing opportunities such as coupon books, merchant cards, business card holders, etc. Chamber president Les Forrai spoke about the upcoming spring newsletter, which will be an eight-page magazine.

The PRMA has chosen a logo to identify its membership and represent its efforts to improve all the businesses in Manhasset’s downtown area. The 3/50 Program is alive and growing in Manhasset. Please continue to shop locally and help keep Plandome Road merchants in business.

The next meeting of the Plandome Road Merchant’s Association will be held on Monday, March 19, 8 a.m. at Minuteman Press, with Chamber president Les Forrai hosting. All merchants are invited and encouraged to attend.