Written by Pat Grace, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00
Commander Gordon “Gordo” Wilson, a native of Plandome and son of A. Scott and Patty Wilson, retired from the United States Navy during a formal ceremony in the hangar of Patrol Squadron 30 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL on June 8, 2012 after more than 21 years of faithful service to the Nation.
Commander Wilson graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991 and subsequently earned his Wings of Gold and designation as a Naval Aviator in 1993. During his career, he deployed throughout the world in direct support of combat and peacetime deterrence operations, highlighted by service in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, and his role as commanding officer of Patrol Squadron 45 from 2008-2009.
He earned honors as a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in 2000, and later served as a test pilot instructor. Throughout his career, he flew more than 35 types of aircraft, including instructor qualifications in the P-3, T-2, T-38, A-37 and most recently the P-8A Poseidon.
During his final tour of duty, he laid the framework for the introduction of the newest aircraft in the Fleet, the P-8A and the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System. His last tour was highlighted by qualification as the first Fleet Replacement Squadron P-8A instructor pilot and delivery of the first P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the Navy.
During his career, Commander Wilson earned multiple awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with bronze star for specific action, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and numerous campaign and unit awards while also earning his MBA and a master of aeronautical science.
Commander Wilson, his wife Sandra and their three sons who attend Manhasset schools—Zeke, 17, senior, Griffin, 15, freshman and Fletcher, 10, Shelter Rock— have relocated to Manhasset as he transitions to the private sector. Sandra is an outreach coordinator with Tuesday’s Children on Plandome Road. Gordon is now employed at JP Morgan Chase as managing director for field enablement and business analytics in the global commercial card.
His Naval co-workers wished him the traditional “Fair Winds and Following Seas.”
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.