Written by Pat Grace, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 07 March 2013 00:00
Glen Anderson and his mother Rose, 93, are a team when they till the soil at their plot of earth at the Peter F. Rickert Memorial Garden, a community garden on the grounds of the 36-acre estate surrounding the Science Museum of Long Island. They fear they may lose their beloved plot of earth on the property owned by Nassau County where one of the four fig trees on their plot was grown from an original clipping secretly transported by Rose’s father around 1900 when he left his home in Mezzojuso, Province of Palermo in Sicily. He carried the shoot with him as he set out to make his way to America.
The 16 gardeners, active there over many years, had been asked in a Feb. 1 letter to remove their plants and equipment - remove everything by Feb. 17, Glen Anderson remembered, but several inches of snow covered the ground. The date was then extended to March 1. The letter, Anderson said, came out of nowhere, and stated, “that effective immediately the community demonstration garden activity at SMLI/ Leeds Pond Preserve has been restructured due to expanding programming needs, child safety and security priorities.” The letter also explained “no new participants will be accepted. All 16 participants will be limited to one 10 foot by 20 foot plot. The 16 current gardeners may select one of the existing plots or it will be assigned to you by lottery.”
There were no prior meetings, Glen reported, when museum management sent letters asking that the gardeners remove everything. They were also informed, he said, that in the future, should community gardening be permitted, qualifying for a plot would be on a lottery basis. The community plots could have different gardeners each year.
“Community gardening implies continuity and longevity; not only of the individual plots,” Anderson said, “but of the communal ties such gardening nurtures. Random lottery luck of the draw annual improbability schemes nurtures nothing and no one.”
The core of the problem, Anderson believes, is the museum administration never respected them enough as a group to consult with them in an attempt to establish a compromise.
Their beloved gardens may become a parking lot. They want to save them but if that is not possible, they need a new home.
Attempts to reach the science museum for comment were not fruitful by press time. More next week.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:48
Preparations are underway for the Annual Christmas Tree lighting to be held this Friday, Dec. 6 at Mary Jane Davies Park on Plandome Road. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.
Workers have been busy decorating the gazebo with garland and lights to make the this year’s celebration the best yet. Sponsored by the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, The Town of North Hempstead and the Manhasset Park District, the event will feature holiday music performed by the Manhasset High School Brass Choir.
The program will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the blessing offered by Rev. Dr. Steven D. Pierce of the Community Reformed Church. The winners of the poster contest will be announced during the ceremony followed by the anticipated lighting of the Manhasset Christmas tree. The Manhasset Parks Department will be dispensing hot chocolate and treats, too.Santa Claus will make a ‘surprise’ appearance on Manhasset-Lakeville’s Fire truck and volunteer firefighters will be handing out candy canes to girls and boys. Come on down and celebrate the beginning of the season.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
It seems as though the real estate market is not the only thing hot in Manhasset. A number of new stores are popping up throughout the community making Manhasset the go-to location for business. On Plandome Road, facades are being renovated to add a fresh new look. The change is updating the appearance of the existing storefronts and causing the opening of new businesses. The exterior facade of Vincents Cleaners, Tony’s Shoe Repair and Manhasset Hair Stylists are brand new both front and back. The renovation beckons customers to come in to shop on a new trendy main street.
Last week a new tenant moved into the space that adorns the renovated new storefront called ivivva. ivivva is a new store from lululemon featuring clothing for young girls age 4 to 14. And the trend continues. Just this weekend, two new businesses, Adelina Boutique and Barrel Grapes, and new members of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce opened their doors here. They held grand opening events on Friday and Saturday night.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.
In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.