Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
"Oh the weather outside is frightful" blasted from the speakers on Mary Jane Davies Green Friday, Dec. 2 as the hundreds of spirited residents crowded the green for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. It was cold and windy but the hearty revelers turned their backs to the wind, downed their share of hot chocolate and enjoyed the music, singing, poster awards, tree lighting and of course, Santa.
Holiday Gift Baskets for Katrina Evacuees
The Manhasset/Lakeville Fire Department and The LI VOAD Coalition has partnered with The Seeds of Compassion Committee (a group of highly motivated individuals, business owners and charitable organizations) to provide holiday gift baskets to Katrina evacuees relocated to Long Island and to some of our forgotten senior citizens at several nursing facilities in the state of Louisiana. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, the spiritual core of the holidays should not be forgotten-to give thanks for blessings received and for those yet to come. Most of all, it's the season for offering hope and joy to those who need it most. In the weeks following Katrina, New Yorkers opened their hearts and homes to fleeing evacuees and hundreds were given shelter in hotels across the state. As of Dec. 15, FEMA will no longer foot the bill. The State of New York will pay for hotel expenses from Dec. 15 through Jan. 1, 2006. Though some have found housing, others are still searching and many will not have done so by the Jan. 1, 2006 deadline. Government agencies, local ministries, and for and non-profit organizations in Nassau and Suffolk counties have successfully placed many families and are working to help those still requiring shelter and other relief aid. The Seeds of Compassion Committee has a network in place to provide transportation of collected goods and supplies to both the families her in New York, as well as those who've remained in Louisiana. Participate in our holiday gift drive during the weekend of Dec. 10 and 11, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Manhasset Lakeville Fire Departments. Company 1, 34 Bayview Avenue (off Plandome Road) Manhasset. Company 2, 2 Community Drive (across from Whitney Pond Park), Manhasset. Company 3, 25 Prospect Street, Great Neck. Company 4, 97 Jayson Avenue (corner Northern Blvd. near Blockbuster) Great Neck. Company 5, 34 78th Avenue (off Lakeville Road) New Hyde Park. We are collecting all new comforter sets, children and adult pajamas and thermals, gift box fragrance or bath sets, hats, gloves and scarves, and towel sets for the relocated Katrina evacuees. They also are requesting bath and lap robes, socks and slippers, lotion and power gift baskets, and sugar-free candy for our seniors. This is a volunteer community effort created in an attempt to bring Holiday Cheer and a Renewal of Hope into the lives of Katrina Evacuees here in New York and to our forgotten seniors in several parishes across Louisiana. Special thanks to the Meet the Needs Initiative, Chief Lee Strickland and Deputy Chief Kyle Dugger of the Manhasset Lakeville Fire Department, Shirley Bruno and Grace Grella of Public Access TV Corporation, and Complete Packaging and Shipping Supplies, Inc.
The Manhasset Explosion - Division Champs Unbeaten
The Manhasset Explosion U13 girl's soccer team completed an unbeaten fall season in the Long Island Junior (LIJ) Soccer League. Completing an unbeaten season is a true accomplishment with a final record of seven wins and three ties with an amazing 28 goals scored, the highest number of goals scored by any team in all of the girl's Division Seven teams (15 teams in total).
On the Bay
The Mill Pond Model Yacht Club held its 5th Annual Millennium Cup on Saturday, Nov.19. The idea for this regatta was developed in the fall of 1999, in anticipation of the club's millennium in 2000. David Raw and Michael Mazzioto, both from Copiague Harbor and club members, donated the award to the Club. The top three winners have their names permanently recorded on the cup's base. The regatta is sailed in Odoms, a name which describes the boat - One Design/One Meter. The one meter refers to the hull of the model, which is equal to 39.375 inches. The little yacht carries 600 sq. inches of sail area. Approximately 25 members of the Mill Pond Model YC have Odoms. The other type of model sailed by members is the Marblehead class, called "M" boats, which are 50 inches long and carry 800 sq. inches of sail. Bob Lumbard, Regional 2 Director of the AMYRA (American Model Yacht Association) traveled from New London, CT to join the rest of the fleet for the regatta. This year, there were ten races completed after a delayed start due to a thin layer of ice on the pond and leaves that had to be removed from the race course. According to Dave James, of the Rigging Locker, the racing was pretty competitive, with five or six people taking line honors. Results of this year's race: 1. #308, Dave James, 2. #375, Greg Danilek, and 3. #791, Jamie Ebenau. Second and third place was a tie, with the tie-breaker going to Danilek. Judy James was the scorer for the event.
Deeply Offended By John Kaiman's Remarks
Stretch of Street Lighting in Major Disrepair