Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00
As DJ Mike, kept the music spinning at the “Club MAX” Carnival Aug.10 on the grounds of Shelter Rock Elementary School, Roni Jacobson, director, referred to M.A.X. as “a perfect little program, a treasure tucked away in the Manhasset community.”
She should know as this is her 18th year with the Manhasset Afterschool Xperience, Inc. which is held in both elementary schools. Jacobson ws originally hired to work for M.A.X. at Munsey Park Elementary School and thought she would be there for just one year. She taught the M.A.X. classes and then became director. Jacobson explained “it is a manageable program where homework is the priority during the school year, fun is the focus in the summer.”
Jacobson said she also works full-time as director of an assisted living facility, but added, “M.A.X. is my love.”
At the winter program, they recognize parents have difficult schedules, and they strive to support them by giving them the knowledge that their children are in good hands. M.A.X. offers students grades K-6 healthy snacks and homework time, as well as, a choice of arts and crafts, cooking, sports, and games.
At Club M.A.X. in the early morning, there is one hour reading and younger children look at picture books. “It works well and is important,” the director said,”all the students have summer reading.” Jacobson said she supervises, but it’s the teachers who make the program the success it is. Most of my teachers have been on board for the past four to five years.
The M.A.X. program is tuition based and there are many seasonal options. The program is non-profit and tuition charged offsets teacher salaries, transportation, administration salaries, snacks and supplies.
In 1985, Manhasset residents recognized the need for a safe, self-enriching and fun program for afterschool hours. Together they worked to create and design a club-like environment for their children that program is M.A.X. - the Manhasset Afterschool Xperience, Inc. and today according to their website:
M.A.X. is one of the first 10 registered pograms in Nassau County.
M.A.X. is recognized as an outstanding program by Nassau County, The New York State Assemby, the Town of North Hempstead, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension.
M.A.X. is licensed by New York State.
M.A.X. is a member of the Nassau County Child Care Council.
Friday, 17 January 2014 00:00
Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders.
“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus.
“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.
Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.
In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.