Manhasset SEPTA’s adaptive program designed just for tweens and teens to learn about training at the gym is a great hit with the fourth season ready to start on March 9. The Meet Me at the Gym program piloted in Jan 2012 and was filled over capacity with 17 special needs middle and high school students. Returning in 2012-13 with a generous grant from the North Shore Autism Circle, the program is now accepting participants for the spring sessions. The program, offered free to all children 12 years old and up, is held on Saturdays from 4 -5 p.m. for six weeks in the Manhasset High School training room. The free program is accepting participants and ‘big buddy’ training helpers and welcomes all families on the North Shore and Long Island to join.
Meet Me at the Gym pairs special needs participants with big buddies as work out partners, while at the same time, teaching how to use all the gym equipment for an hour-long training session. Run by Power Pals’ adaptive physical trainer Chris Speziali, the program is custom created to provide vital knowledge about proper training technique while facilitating social interaction with workout partners.
During the week of Jan. 2, both Munsey Park (MP) and Shelter Rock (SR) Elementary Schools welcomed local luminaries to “Guess Who’s Coming To Read,” an annual program in which members of the community read books to children in grades K-3. As per tradition, the identities of the readers were unknown to the students until the readers walked through their classroom door, making this highly anticipated event even more fun and exciting.
The Geraldine J. Baker Memorial Scholarship for Breast Cancer Research, coordinated through the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer (MWCABC), provides an exciting opportunity for a rising junior to spend part of this summer working beside world-renowned researchers at a state-of-the-art facility, examining aspects of breast cancer research. This year’s winner will intern at Cornell Weill Medical College in New York City. The scholarship was established in memory of Gerri Baker, an educator and long-time Manhasset resident who lost her courageous fight against breast cancer in 2008, to encourage interest in breast cancer research among high school students.
Molly DePietro, Kenneth Hyde and Lisa Middleton attended the Feb. 12 Manhasset Board of Education meeting to speak about the Tower Foundation’s anticipated donation to the district of $250,000 to be used for Phase 2 of the Manhasset High School Library Renovation. The board expressed their appreciation and thanks to the Tower Foundation for their munificence and support of the district.
Also attending the meeting were Frank Coughlin, Jr., representing PAL, who spoke of the cooperative effort made by the Diane Whipple Foundation, the Indians Rock Community Foundation, Manhasset High School Booster Club, the Manhasset Soccer Club and the Nassau County Police Activity League (PAL), to donate checks totaling $366,520.00 to be used for stadium field renovations and related improvements at the Manhasset Secondary School. On this occasion, Cardillo, Prinzo and Rule, representing the board, thanked the organizations responsible for the charitable gifts that were bestowed upon the district.
Cast - Katie Barns, Yiannis Biniaris, Kellyann Bock, Alexandra Bowman, Kimmie Brogan, Amanda Capra, Raymon Candelario, Madeleine Conner, Emily Cruz, Gavin Friedman, Delphine Glick, Katherine Godfried, Chelsie Howell, Nina Krishnamurthy, Natalie Labib, Regan Lavin, Erin Love, Kevin McAleer, Sarah Mills, Amanda Naccarato, Gabrielle Orthos, Kerry Quinn, Emma Rainson, Hunter Savignano, Lauren Schwartz Jacqueline Siffer, Chris Stratakis, Isabel Vigliotti, Fallon Walsh and Jenna Weitman
Crew - Chris Benedetti, Nandita Desikan, Brigid Ferris, Christina Rubertone, Rachel Sloan, Nadia Sbuttoni, Adam Smotkin and Brianna Yarrington
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