Written by Pat Grace Friday, 22 May 2009 10:35
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.
The students that participated on Saturday were delighted to accept the pizzas and sodas that John from Villa Milano donated as a thank you for their involvement. This recognition from John was greatly appreciated by all who feasted on the delicious pizzas. The young lady volunteers reported that they received kudos from merchants and were even presented with a flower from Town & Country Flowers as a thank you. Mary Michalos said participating “was great and that a lot of people said thank you” and she, too, was delighted to received a flower from the flower shop.
Another volunteer offered, “We had a good time, enjoyed what we were doing for Manhasset and liked being part of the event.” Joan, a weekend visitor from Ireland, spent the whole morning sweeping and enjoying every moment. Barry, a new resident, kept coming back for another assignment because he was enjoying the experience. They were true gifts and inspirations for the organizers.
The volunteer team of 53 students and adults did an incredible job of inviting the merchants to participate with them in sweeping their sidewalks and street gutters. Every merchant was presented with a long-handled dust pan as a gift from CSM for participating in this event. The “Sidewalk Sweep” coincided with the Town of North Hempstead Clean up Day so the town donated T-shirts, gloves and trash bags to all volunteers.
David Hagnani of Gallery Couture, with support of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, introduced the 1st Annual Sidewalk Sale. Several merchants displayed their merchandise and Al Trapani of The Frame Shop put up a tent to protect his artwork from the questionable weather. CSM thanked them for their show of spirit. The Manhasset Park District hung the real flower planters and the American Legion replaced all the American flags in time for Memorial Day.
CSM wants to acknowledge and thank the elected officials that stopped by to welcome and recognize the volunteers and thank them for doing such a great job: Senator Craig Johnson, Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth, Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Town Councilwoman Kitty Poons, and Town Councilman Fred Pollack. Their interest in the event was very much appreciated.
Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, on hand for the clean up effort with his son, said, “This is the sign of good things ahead, a community working with local business, government and concerned citizens to make the town cleaner. He added that the school recycling program is now active in 8 of 11 schools, and mentioned the town won a video award regarding that program. The video is on Youtube, just go to Google and enter “Clean Citizen North Hempstead.”
With the emphasis being on pride in community, along with courtesy and ownership of our actions in this, everyone’s hometown, the Coalition for a Safer Manhasset hopes that this awareness will transcend into a safer Plandome Road for all who traverse there.
Elise Ledda, co-founder Coalition for A Safer Manhasset, impressed with the turnout, said she did not expect so many people, of all ages, to show up. The Plandome Road Cleanup was scheduled between 10 a.m. and noon. Ledda said it was such a success they were practically finished in under an hour.
The “Community Courtesy Campaign” runs from May 16 to May 24. If everyone, the committee said, could perform just three courtesies per day it would make this beautiful town a better one, not just for the week, but always. The CSM committee gave heartfelt thanks to the many volunteers that made the event so successful and has posted photographs of the event around town.