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Update From Kaplan

It was evident Councilwoman Anna Kaplan had done her homework when she reported to a standing room only crowd at the March 13 Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations.

Plandome Road

When Plandome Road was repaved the yellow line to make a left turn onto Northern Boulevard from Plandome Road was painted too short. Once warm weather arrives, Councilwoman Anna Kaplan said, it should be extended by an additional two car lengths.

Regarding the Plandome Road Visioning Project, the town, she said, is waiting to hear from the DOT as to the specifications of the projected work, for example, where it will begin and end. To the relief of her audience, Kaplan added, “We do have the OK.”

Additionally, along Plandome Road, new garbage cans have been ordered and in the summer planters and flowers will be a welcome addition. The town, she said, is on board to water them. Kaplan thanked Sabereh Samet, her legislative aide, and Lois Silva, Silva Real Estate, for canvassing the town delivering a letter from her office-requesting shopkeepers, in effect, sweep and shovel so “shoppers feel welcome to use the sidewalk.”

Post Office

Kaplan acknowledged the frustration of mail trucks and other vehicles parking in such a way as to block motorists who wish to use the drive-by mailbox located on Orchard Street. It will be moved, Kaplan indicated, although she did not specify when. Rumors have circulated that the post office on Maple Place in Manhasset would close, and a storefront on Plandome Road would be maintained. When Ed King, who holds the lease on the building, was reached by phone he said he is not aware of any plans for change. King indicated the lease expires in October when it will be renegotiated.

Onderdonk Avenue

Residents in the area of Onderdonk Avenue requested a stop sign as a traffic calming measure to deter motorists rushing to make a train. The dangerous behavior is widespread they had complained. Kaplan explained that she had received calls and letters in opposition to the request; that it was unsafe to place a stop sign between the two existing lights.

Bayview Avenue

Kaplan indicated the town was investigating a grant to fund a walkway. One complication is ownership of the property along the road.  A transfer of property occurred when the town took over ownership of Manhasset Valley Park from Nassau County. Research is ongoing, she indicated, as to what property is still in the county’s name.

Manhasset Valley Park

Snowstorms in February halted construction at Manhasset Valley Park, although it has resumed, Kaplan reported, hopefully to be completed by April 27 in time for the scheduled grand opening between noon and 1 p.m. Kaplan said one of the new fields will be named in honor of Jim Brown who has been invited to throw the first ball. Children from the EOC will perform and popcorn and cotton candy will contribute to the festive atmosphere.

Christ Church

Construction has begun on the Christ Church property. March 12 the blue house was demolished, a member reported, and another affirmed that a bank would be built on the site.

News

In response to the county’s fly-by-night decision to remove 176 old oak trees along Seaman’s Neck Road, earlier this month, New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon has issued a letter to Nassau County Department of Public Works Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias regarding constituents’ concerns with the appearance of the roadway.

In his letter, Hannon asks Commissioner Shah-Gavnoudias if the removal of the trees were under the jurisdiction of LIPA or PSEG.

“If not, I would like to know who made the decision to remove these trees and why,” Hannon states. “I request you review this case and take whatever course of action necessary.”

U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz of Levittown joined the military in 1962, enlisting straight out of high school. While he would never see combat, Meyerowitz served as a boilerman aboard the U.S.S. Dewey amid the United States’ blockade of Cuba.

“They gave us our orders,” Meyerowitz said, “turn any vessels away. If not, blow ‘em out of the water.”

During the blockade, Meyerowitz said he only encountered one ship, which they warned to turn back. Just a kid at the time, Meyerowitz said it didn’t occur to him at the time, how the country could have been on the verge of nuclear war.


Sports

Christopher Joseph of Levittown was recently selected to play on the United States world university hockey team in Italy this year. A 2009 MacArthur High School graduate, Joseph was captain of his high school team for two seasons, leading them to two championships. Joseph would later go on to play junior hockey for New York Apple Core and the New Jersey Rockets junior ‘A’ team.

Joseph’s parents, Hal and Theresa, along with his brother Robert and sister Kristin said they are very proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and are cheering him on as he heads off to Italy.

Farmingdale State College had four players named to the 2014 D3baseball.com All-New York Team. Senior outfielder Edward Bergmann of East Meadow, earned First Team honors, while junior shortstop Anthony Alvino of Lindenhurst was named to the Second Team. Junior outfielder Michael Marino of Franklin Square and sophomore pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway also earned Third Team honors this year.

Bergmann batted a team-leading .421 this season and also led the Rams in hits (53), runs scored (42), doubles (8), on-base percentage (.503), stolen bases (30) and held a perfect fielding percentage. Nationally, Bergmann ranks 4th for stolen bases per game (0.88), 10th in stolen bases, 23rd in both on-base percentage and batting average and 29th in runs scored per game (1.21).


Calendar

BOE Planning Session

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Bad Seed Auditions

Thursday, Aug. 28

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs

Friday, Aug. 29



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