Written by Christopher Nesterchuck, Manhasset@antonnews.com Wednesday, 04 September 2013 00:00
Elimination of the school district’s elementary music programs due to budget cuts was not music to seventh grader Aden Horowitz’s ears. Aden, age 12, an avid violin and piano player, and a recent a graduate of Shelter Rock Elementary School, learned of the district’s plans through friends while on the bus to school.
“Kids were saying, did you hear about the budget cuts, they’re cutting the music program. I was so devastated because I had had such a great experience. I felt like I needed to do something”, lamented Aden.
Losing elementary music programs is not an option for Aden. So, as a member of the Reconstructionist Synagogue of North Shore in Manhasset, Aden decided to make saving the Manhasset music program her mitzvah project. Students who reach their 13th birthday – the age at which they have a bar/bat mitzvah – are required to choose a project aimed at making the community or world in which we live a better place.
“I want to do something great for the community,” said Aden. With the help of her mother, Lisa Zornberg, a lawyer, and Mary Margiotta, a fellow Manhasset parent, Aden founded the “Manhasset Save the Music Fund”, a not-for-profit association formed for the express purpose of supporting music programming in the Manhasset public schools. According to the school district $13,000 is needed to fully restore Jazz ensemble and Chamber Chorus for the 2013-2014 school years. To date Aden has raised $6,000 in checks and pledges, a resounding achievement in a very short time.
“I’m logging in each pledge and check and sending a thank you note to each donor,” Aden said proudly. Aden hopes to present a check at the Board of Education’s meeting in September.
As a result of the June 2013 budget vote, Shelter Rock and Munsey Park elementary schools were forced to reduce the districts well-established music programs – fourth grade band and orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Chamber Chorus. “Quote from Dr. Ambrosia” Jazz Ensemble has existed in the Manhasset School district for nearly 30 years. Students in the fifth and sixth grades must audition for the Ensemble, which performs at the spring concert and annual SCA fair. Chamber Chorus has also been a mainstay in the Manhasset Schools. For 15 years, Chamber Chorus has been training sixth graders in advanced vocal music. Up to 100 students perform annual concerts including the December holiday concert, the spring concert, and at charity events for the elderly at nursing homes. Over the years these programs have been instrumental in enriching thousands of students in the performing arts.
But for Aden, the music must go on. No stranger to music, raised by musical parents Lisa Zornberg and Matthew Horowitz, Aden began playing the piano in kindergarten. “My parents always played piano in the house, so I thought that was awesome”, chimed Aden, whose younger brother Ethan, age 10, will enter fifth grade and also plays the piano and trumpet.
Anxious to expand her musical talents, Aden while at Shelter Rock, took bow in hand and learned to play violin with Mr. Quinn. As a Jazz ensemble piano player, for Aden and her friends, it was nothing but fun, “The jazz band was really great because we practice after school with kids in a small room, playing cool music,” sparkled Aden, a nod to the joys of bonding with fellow musicians performing, something not easily taught in a classroom. “We perform at the SCA and everyone gets to see how cool it is”.
Perhaps most fitting to Aden’s challenge is a bust of Beethoven, resting on her family’s upright piano, a subtle reminder that through adversity, Beethoven overcoming deafness, one can achieve anything. With help from her family and friends, Aden hopes to strike a chord with the community. As she writes her symphony for saving these cherished programs, she is committed to safeguarding the sounds of music. “In Manhasset, we shouldn’t be saying ‘oh well’ or ‘too bad’ in response to our best school programs being cut. We should do everything we can to save them.”
Johann Sebastian Bach is quoted as saying, “It’s all easy to play any musical instrument, all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” Aden seems to be touching all the right keys.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:48
Preparations are underway for the Annual Christmas Tree lighting to be held this Friday, Dec. 6 at Mary Jane Davies Park on Plandome Road. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.
Workers have been busy decorating the gazebo with garland and lights to make the this year’s celebration the best yet. Sponsored by the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, The Town of North Hempstead and the Manhasset Park District, the event will feature holiday music performed by the Manhasset High School Brass Choir.
The program will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the blessing offered by Rev. Dr. Steven D. Pierce of the Community Reformed Church. The winners of the poster contest will be announced during the ceremony followed by the anticipated lighting of the Manhasset Christmas tree. The Manhasset Parks Department will be dispensing hot chocolate and treats, too.Santa Claus will make a ‘surprise’ appearance on Manhasset-Lakeville’s Fire truck and volunteer firefighters will be handing out candy canes to girls and boys. Come on down and celebrate the beginning of the season.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
It seems as though the real estate market is not the only thing hot in Manhasset. A number of new stores are popping up throughout the community making Manhasset the go-to location for business. On Plandome Road, facades are being renovated to add a fresh new look. The change is updating the appearance of the existing storefronts and causing the opening of new businesses. The exterior facade of Vincents Cleaners, Tony’s Shoe Repair and Manhasset Hair Stylists are brand new both front and back. The renovation beckons customers to come in to shop on a new trendy main street.
Last week a new tenant moved into the space that adorns the renovated new storefront called ivivva. ivivva is a new store from lululemon featuring clothing for young girls age 4 to 14. And the trend continues. Just this weekend, two new businesses, Adelina Boutique and Barrel Grapes, and new members of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce opened their doors here. They held grand opening events on Friday and Saturday night.
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.