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Nicholas Center Tends School Gardens

It all started last spring when Melissa Slobin, Speech teacher and Heather Botelho, Life Skills teacher expressed interest in the newly installed vegetable garden at the Manhasset Secondary School. The Life Skills students came out to the garden to weed and plant tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers once a week during fourth period speech class. After the school year ended many of the students enrolled in Nicholas Center for Autism’s Employment and Social Skills Summer Program located in Port Washington.

Allison Schear, Director of the Summer Program, and Planet Manhasset agreed to a 6-week gardening program at the Manhasset Secondary School. About 15 students and teachers came over twice a week to water, weed and tend to the garden. Thanks to their effort the harvest was successful and shared with a local food bank. Everyone enjoyed it so much (in fact it was their favorite summer activity) that they voted to return again next summer.

Three school vegetable gardens are the initiative of the SCA ‘s Planet Manhasset, and was brought to fruition by the garden committee comprised of parents: Merilyn Donnelly and Connie Parsons, Manhasset High School, Iliza Bartels, Manhasset Middle School, Zari Ginsburg, Shelter Rock Elementary  and Angela Classi, Munsey Park Elementary.

Please visit the website, www.manhassetsca.org/SCAResources/PlanetManhasset, for future volunteer opportunities.

News

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.”

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.”


Sports

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.

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

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.


Calendar

Champions for Charity

Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, December 6



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