Written by Pat Grace: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00
Some people take the meaning of ‘the power of the press’ a bit too far.
“She was really mad she got a parking ticket, and asked if I could fix it since I was on the front page of the Manhasset Press,” Chamber President Les Forrai recounted as members trickled into the Plandome Road Merchants Association (PRMA) meeting held on March 28, for the first time in the afternoon, at Silva Real Estate.
“Article did cover parking issues,” someone chuckled.
“I suggested,” Forrai said, “that she call 311.”
Thus ensued another discussion on parking and hopes were high following an exploratory meeting with Councilwoman Anna Kaplan and Park District Commissioners Bernard Rolston and John Regan. There was talk of normalizing parking on the feeder streets to Plandome Road and talk of utilizing the ample space at the highway department site located at Maple Avenue and Bayview Avenue, just south of the train trestle, to park postal trucks. That property, someone explained, had belonged to the county but was transferred to the town, enabling the town to make decisions regarding how it is used. Remember, another cautioned, that postal trucks are federal property.
The list of parking problems includes employee parking on Manhasset’s main street. One bank was identified as having 19 employees, all forced to continually move their vehicles over the course of the day or risk a fine. And those parking spots are unavailable to shoppers.
Katie Miller, of Coalition for a Safer Manhasset (CSM), reminded members the second annual “Sidewalk Sweep” on Plandome Road is Saturday, April 21, and participants will gather at the Manhasset train station from 10 a.m. to noon. The Coalition for a Safer Manhasset, the Chamber of Commerce and the Plandome Road Merchants’ Association (a chamber committee), in partnership with the Town of North Hempstead, will host the event. The town will be supplying T-shirts, gloves and trash bags; volunteers are encouraged to bring a broom.
To piggyback on the assembled crowd and their enthusiasm, a retail-driven event is being considered on the same day.
The PRMA moves quickly. A logo has been developed and will identify all correspondence from the PRMA so, hopefully, the community can more easily identify their mailings.
Often during discussions, most recently on the imminent repaving of Plandome Road, there is confusion as to what properties and roads belong to the county and which properties and roads are owned by the town.
Effective September 2007 the Town of North Hempstead acquired nine parks and 12 roads from Nassau County when then-County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi and Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman agreed to transfer 230 acres and 26 miles of roads from the county to the town. The deal stipulated at the time that the county would pay the town $3 million to take over the properties and assume all repairs and maintenance, saving the county road and park maintenance expenses going forward; the town gained more control over local parks, roads and land.
In 2007, the county stated that “as part of the agreement, Nassau County will no longer be required to resurface the 12 roads transferred, saving the county $1.8 million in capital funds for resurfacing of other roads.”
One of the roads transferred was Plandome Road, and at the time Supervisor Kaiman said, ‘’Since we’re responsible for the sidewalks and the curbs, we might as well be responsible for the roads as well.’’
Manhasset parks transferred included Whitney Pond Park, Manhasset Valley Park and Plandome Park.
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00
Manhasset resident Arda Nazerian Haratunian is lending her expertise and support to ERASE Racism, a civil rights non-profit that advocates for racial equity on Long Island. As a member of its planning committee for the third year in a row, she is helping to organize ERASE Racism’s Annual Benefit Celebration, which will take place on June 5 at the Garden City Hotel.
A strategic communications consultant, Arda has more than 25 years experience in both the private and public sectors. She most recently served as senior policy advisor and communications director to former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and previously worked for New York Governor Mario Cuomo. During the decade between her two careers in public service, Arda was on Wall Street, serving as managing director of global corporate communications for Citigroup’s Corporate and Investment Bank and before that, head of media and public relations at the American Stock Exchange.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
There is a floral treasure in Manhasset, something unique: it’s the greenhouse in front of Manhasset Florist on Orchard Street. “Having my own greenhouse ensures premium plant growth and creates optimum conditions. This allows me to offer the healthiest plants to my customers,” says owner Alexander Otis. Indeed, the plants look truly perfect and a delightful scent of blossoms fills the air of the greenhouse.
“My father bought the business and property 45 years ago. During those years, he opened a total of five flower shops in Nassau County,” said Alex. His father trained him and his sister Aretta in the flower business. “While still attending high school we both helped on Saturdays and during our vacations,” he explains. Alex graduated from the New York Institute of Technology as an architect and worked as an engineer for over six years before returning to his roots to help his father manage his five flower shops and to run one, Garden City Florist. “When my father retired in 1999, I took over Manhasset Florist & Greenhouse and Aretta took over Port Washington Florist.”
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
One of Manhasset’s 12U intramural baseball teams defeated Great Neck in the first game played at the renovated Valley Park field on Saturday April 27. Manhasset’s offense scored 10 runs, including a home run from Devin Callery, while pitchers Logan Hyde, Jeff Torborg, James Marchetti and Grant Petracca combined to limit Great Neck to one hit with 11 strikeouts in six innings. Edward Jarvis, Robert DeCastro, Massimo Abruzzo, Colby Schmidt, Gabriel Cohen, Spencer Kaye and Justin Louie each contributed quality defensive plays. Manhasset raised its record to 4-0 and stands in first place in the inter-town intramural league, which includes 8 teams from Merillon, Albertson-Herricks, Great Neck and Manhasset.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 10:34
The Manhasset Junior Varsity Ice Hockey Team finished their season Wednesday night, April 17, beating Bellmore/Merrick 4-3 in the championship game at the Bethpage Community Park Ice Rink. Wednesday’s finale marked the end of an impressive campaign by the Indians which included a 19-1 regular season record and a trip to the New York State Championship in Ithaca.
Manhasset got off to a strong start scoring four times in the first period on goals by Michael Walsh, Michael Brzozowski, Mario De Bueriis, and Matthew Cecchini whose tally would prove to be the game winner. Nolan Behringer, Ryan Kiess, and goaltender Alex Feinstein led the defense in shutting down a powerful Bellmore/Merrick squad, securing Manhasset’s first ever Junior Varsity Championship.