No Surprises in Local Elections
While the recent mid-term elections had major implications on the national level, there were no surprises in local races in the Manhasset area. Voters returned incumbents to their seats in Congress, the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly. They also re-elected them with large margins. Gary Ackerman, for example, was re-elected with 93 percent of the total vote. This was in part because his Republican opponent's petitions were sufficiently invalidated that he had no opponent on the Republican line.
Organization to Help Children Who Lost Parents on 9/11
Thousands of children who lost a parent on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 are rediscovering what it means to be a kid again with the help of Tuesday's Children - a unique not-for-profit organization that offers exciting special events programming, a family support network and mentoring programs. Under the leadership of its founder, Chris Burke, a former employee of Cantor Fitzgerald whose brother Tom was killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center, and with the generous support of such organizations as the National Football League, National Hockey League, Anne Klein and Bank Parabas, the organization has made an 18-year commitment to each and every child directly affected by the tragedy.
Fifth Grade Girls Defeat St. Williams
With lead Coach Bob Henrickson and first string player Berit Henrickson out of town, the St. Mary's 5th grade girls basketball team started out at a disadvantage over the girls of St. Williams. With Coaches John Boylan, Peter Longo and Bill Samela on the sideline, the girls got off to a rocky start. They were down by four at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Brittany Carrol, with amazing passes from Stephanie Gallo, scored three baskets in a row! This was followed by a basket and a foul shot by Caitlan Samela. The score at halftime was in our favor at 9 to 8. With the help of Laura Cornachio and Julia Boylan, Christina Longo scored in the third and fourth quarters. Claudia Rogers and Christina Vivinetto did not allow the opponents to get another opportunity to sink a basket and the final score was 13 to 8. Ali Cisek and Jessica Bushard kept the ball away from St. Williams at all times. These girls get better every week.
On The Bay
Mother nature seems to be playing tricks on us. Two weekends ago, when frostbiting season began, the weather was cold, damp and about 20 degrees lower than the normal temperature for the early part of November. One could say that, even for a frostbiter, the weather was basically unpleasant, especially when it is the first excursion out on Manhasset Bay for our "winter sport." Fast-forward to last Sunday, Nov. 10, and the Sunday competitors were greeted with an overcast sky and almost balmy weather, reaching the mid-60s. But the wind was so strong, at 15-20 knots out of the SW, with higher gusts, that the RC cancelled racing for the IC dinghies and ran four races off the Manhasset Bay dock for the six Laser sailors. One might ask why RC would allow one class of boats to sail and not another. IC dinghies, a two-man boat about 11 feet long, are "unforgiving" boats, easily capsized, and quite difficult to right, especially in windy conditions. The one-person Lasers, on the other hand, capsize frequently, but are easily righted, as the skipper merely crawls to the high side of the boat and stands on the rudder to bring the boat and sail back to the normal sailing position. The laser sailors had a lot of practice "righting" their boats last Sunday, as RC counted at least 15 capsizes, but then stopped counting. For readers unfamiliar with this boat, rest assured that the skippers were safe at all times, as three crash boats followed them around the racecourse. But only once did a Laser sailor need RC assistance, and that was only to untangle lines that had wrapped around a mooring.
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