The Christmas Tree Lighting Controversy
Most members of the community are well aware of the controversy about what occurred on Dec. 3 at the annual tree lighting ceremony on the Mary Jane Davies Green, with residents' outrage first published in the Letters to the Editor section in the Dec. 8 issue of the Manhasset Press. Father Nick Zientarski from St. Mary's parish was asked to give the blessing, a longstanding component of the ceremony, with local religious leaders participating on a rotating basis. What have been called "dismissive utterances" by Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman during and his "insensitive words" following Father Zientarski's blessing, has received front-page coverage in major daily newspapers. Father Zientarski delivered a religious blessing for all and blessed the Christmas tree for which Kaiman soundly criticized him. Father Zientarski was informed by an angry supervisor that it was not a Christmas tree, but a holiday tree and that it was not a religious ceremony. Kaiman has said since that at the time he believed the blessing inappropriate on public property, but now agrees his assumption was wrong.
Increased Enrollment at Munsey Park-Options Explored
The auditorium at Munsey Park Elementary school was bustling with student participants of two of the three special presentations scheduled for the Dec. 1 board of education meeting. Science skills development and physical education "circuit training" involved the children, the third was a report exploring solutions to increased enrollment.
First Annual Pack 101 Space Derby
The Shelter Rock auditorium was the launching pad for the first ever Space Derby on Friday, Dec. 2. Cubs and parents obviously spent many hours carving and sanding their unique space crafts from a block of balsa wood, and applied a glide rail, tail fins and their personal out-of-this-world touches. An official hand held spinning device wound the rubber band propellers to exactly 120 rotations, rocketing ships to impressive speeds. The fishing tackle wire was one continuous stand thus ensuring equal tension on 4 lanes. Nevertheless, each boy ran in two heats to compete for level winners.
On the Bay
Last Sunday was a cold, "wintry" kind of day, with not a lot of wind, but enough for our frostbiters to get in three races. There was no crew race. Eight IC dinghies plus three Ideal 18s were on the starting line. At press time, results are only available for the IC dinghy class.
It's a Christmas Tree
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting