Nassau County Honors Another Blascovich Firefighter
On Memorial Day, amid the parade, children 's cookout and rides on their fire trucks, the Plandome Fire Department took time out to present its venerable commissary officer, Lieut. Dan Blascovich, with the Nassau County Firematic Service Award, popularly known as the Firefighter of the Year Award.
School District Makes 'Contingency' Cuts
The Manhasset Board of Education concluded its July public session meetings by officially adopting the finalized 2004-2005 contingency budget. With the Manhasset school district budget failing for the second and final time, the board was forced to eliminate an additional $1,238,298 in order to meet the $65,123,497 contingency budget cap. Dedicated to reducing the budget without further impact on the district's solid academic and extracurricular programs, the board explored all other areas within the budget to determine which areas could be reduced further or eliminated altogether.
The austerity budget closed the clay tennis courts at Memorial Field until 40 residents purchased permits at $100 each. The situation was similar to Summer Center where it was necessary for participants to pay an additional $60 per child enrolled before the doors could open. Because the school budget was voted down a second time in June the district now operates under an austerity budget and there can be no identifiable costs to the district. Activities engaged in by the community on school grounds must be self-supporting and all monies must be paid in advance.
On The Bay
There's lots to report this week as our sailors, young and "a little older," have been very busy sailing not just on Manhasset Bay but in other harbors as well. Larchmont Race Week, that annual event that always attracts tons of sailors, outdid themselves this year. 547 boats registered for Junior Race week (this is not a typo, folks) with 500 actually finishing the regatta. Racing was held last week from Monday - Thursday, July 19-22 and the breakdown of number of boats in each division: 117 Laser Radials, 44 Laser Standards, 107 Club 420's, 61 Blue Jays and 171 Optimists. The first two days of racing were marred by a total lack of wind. Long Island Sound was just about as flat and wind-less as it has every been. Approaching Larchmont YC from the west, white sails filled the horizon as far as the eye could see, but the sails, upon close scrutiny, were hoisted but unable to accomplish what they do best. Race Committee (for the Lasers and 420s) used good judgment in not starting any races on Monday, and by Tuesday afternoon, when some wind could be detected on the water, they gave the fleet a start.. The Lasers and 420s completed six races over the three-day regatta, the Blue Jays finished two races, and the Optimists, who sailed only on Thursday, July 22, completed 4 races. Surprisingly, there were no competitors in either the Blue Jay fleet or the Optimist fleet from any of the three clubs on our bay. Local juniors who sailed in the other three fleets: Laser Radial Division (117) Tedd Himler, MBYC (3rd- Green Fleet); Marissa Diaz, MBYC; Chris Wands, PWYC; Katherine Rainone, MBYC; Christina Ferro, PWYC; and John Keneally, PWYC. Carrie Read, MBYC, and Nichols Silbersack, MBYC competed in the Laser Standard Division (44 boats). Competing in the Club 420 Division (107 boats) were: Danielle Powers/Carrie Morea, KYC; Paige Wassmer, PWYC/Louise Browning, MBYC; Eugene Lehembre-Shiah/Gareth Field, MBYC; and Will McIntosh/Lianna Gordon, PWYC.
July 5 Fire Department Response