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Letter: Haber For County Executive

Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Who is Adam Haber? My wife and Adam’s wife have been friends for 10 years, but he and I were not part of their circle. I was busy working, running my company and trying to be a good father in between.

In 2008 my business took a huge hit when the economy slowed down. Sales dropped 60% overnight. In the past my company, which makes handmade furniture and curtains, has taken hits and bounced back after a few months. Nothing prepared me for the next few years of struggle.


Letter: Plandome Decries Water Rates

Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Since 1992, the Manhasset-Lakeville Water District (MLWD) has been the sole source of water used and consumed by all residents and businesses in the Village of Plandome. The Village purchased water from MLWD under a 20-year contract that expired at end of 2011, and now purchases water from MLWD under a three-year contract that commenced in January 2012. The Village has been investigating alternate options for its water supply, but at this time remains a fully captive customer of MLWD.  

MLWD recently notified the Village that it is raising its rate for water supplied to the Village of Plandome from $4.20/1,000 gallons to $4.84/1,000 gallons, an increase of more than 15 percent. MLWD further indicated that it is making that increase retroactively effective, back to January 1, 2013.


Letter: Student Supports Adam Haber

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

As a student I have seen first hand how my school functioned under a budget crisis. Activities and extracurricular classes were being cut just as well as teachers. Knowing that the budget may not have passed, many sport teams would’ve been cut and personally, I would’ve been devastated if I wasn’t able to play field hockey in the up coming fall season. Having these extra curricular activities, like sports, clubs, and classes have brought new friendships and experiences, not just for me as well as my peers. Having the opportunity to be a part of a team or club is just as important as sitting in a classroom; it gives students something to look forward to outside of a school that they aren’t able to practice while learning in a classroom. To prevent another budget dilemma please vote for Adam Haber as Nassau County Executive in the Democratic Primary on September 10th.

Sophia Urban


Letter: A Wife’s Response

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Wow!!!! After the intense rambling of finger pointing and personal attacks I hardly noticed your letter’s contents!! I too Mr. Rule am a long time Manhasset resident whose family bought in Munsey Park around the same time your family did. My dad bought here for the quick commute to the city, not for the school system, since I went to private school and my husband attended St. Mary’s. My husband also taught college for several years and many of our friends are teachers. It is a noble profession and certainly one to be respected. However, I do not believe it has a monopoly on dedication or professionalism. John and I have been in the business world much the same amount of time as you have been an educator with many high-end clients. Never once did I feel because I work with people who are higher earners than we too should be able to afford to live where they live.

OK, Mr. Rule, so his statement of you’re getting your entire health care paid for was an honest error BUT I would take 78% of our health care paid for by the taxpayers any day over 100% that we now pay! I too know many Manhasset residents and John is not trying to educate any of them. But, the majority are footing the bill for a few and that is just NOT fair!!!


Letter: Schizophrenia And Medical Marijuana

Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

I believe that we must recognize, for the benefit of our children, grandchildren, family members friends, etc., that there are scientific researches that conclude a connection between the social use of marijuana and schizophrenia. I direct your attention to an op-ed article that appeared in the July 1, 2013 issue of the Wall Street Journal written by Samuel T. Wilkinson, who is a resident physician in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. His credentials are impressive.

The disastrous medical and mental consequences resulting for the indiscriminate and social use of marijuana is something that we had better comprehend and understand.


Letter: Use of Plastic Gloves at Food Establishments

Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

You know those plastic gloves that food servers use?  Well we all know their sole purpose is to ensure the health of your customers, not to keep servers’ hands clean. I can’t tell you how many times servers use these gloves to handle money and touch registers before handling customers’ food. Perhaps you should assign one person to handle the money and the other(s) to handle the food? Or possibly remove the gloves when handling money and use new gloves for the next customer? The worst I’ve seen is a food server mopping with plastic gloves on and then stopping to help a customer never having changed their gloves. If you work in a food establishment, own a food establishment or simply are a customer, please make a difference and share this.

Susan Ferrari


Letter: A Teacher’s Response

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

I read with great interest the letter from John Penn that appeared in the June 13 issue of the Manhasset Press. As a graduate of Manhasset High School, a long-time resident and a Manhasset teacher with 40 years’ experience, I have a rather unique perspective on the workings of the school system.


Letter: A Senior Citizen’s View

Thursday, 04 July 2013 00:00

Now that a budget is in place for the coming year, I would like to give a senior citizen’s perspective on views important to current parents.

While most of us did move here with school age children, we came with the intent to make Manhasset our home for life.  We were attracted by the beauty of place (especially in spring), the convenience to major highways as well as the LIRR and airports, the diversity of houses of worship, many private and parochial schools from which to choose, higher education options, excellent medical care, and a variety of parks, beaches and shopping all within easy reach.  It was the perfect place for all the stages of life. Yes, our homes do have a dollar value, but we think of them as our homes, not as investments.  The price the real estate might fetch will only matter when our estates have to liquidate them.


Letter: School Recollections

Thursday, 04 July 2013 00:00

As the stresses over the budget fade into summer, and graduates toss their caps to the sky, I’m overcome with emotion.  A few years ago, when my first child left for college, my reaction was similar to most parents who go through this: tears and more tears. While undoubtedly, that knot in my stomach will tighten as the next departure draws near, today I am filled with pride for what my children have accomplished and gratitude for the educators who helped them reach their goals.   

On graduation day, when I shouldn’t have been thinking budget, for a few moments it was all I could think about!  Looking at the beautiful campus, flashes of the last 16 years raced through my mind. I realized how lucky my children are to have been embraced by the faculty of this amazing school district.  I can’t put a price on the education and support they received from the staff members of the Manhasset School District.


Letter: Love Story

Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

With so much angst in the air these days, I would like to share a love story with you. My wife, June, and I had our first date in January 1958. At the end of that evening, I said good night as she opened the front door of her house. As I descended the steps, I turned, hoping to get one last glance of her. To my joy, she had also turned her head in what I thought was a similar hope. Immediately, she rationalized her turning, “Oh, I was worried about the loose brick at the bottom.”

Thus, the unforgettable first step in a romance about to enter its 54th year. Every day since then, I marvel at her beauty, wit, grace, and charm. And it doesn’t hurt that she comes from wealth.

Joe Viverito


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