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Manhasset Firemen Train For Water Rescue

Early on a Sunday morning in June, The Port Washington Volunteer Fire Department (PWFD) and the Nassau County Firematic Water Rescue Association hosted a water rescue operations training course.

Although Manhasset-Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department (MLFD) Company’s #1 crew regularly gathers for weekly company training, water rescue operations training is not the norm. As many as a dozen fire departments from across Nassau County, which are likely to be mobilized for water rescue incidents, arrived at Bar Beach with their special operations apparatus at about 7:30 a.m.

PWFD’s Frank Scobo acted as Incident Commander (IC) for the training.  

Participants were introduced to three separate demonstration stations. The first station involved shallow water rescue of suspected head or neck injury victims. The second station taught rescue craft crew positioning, with the craft underway. The third station focused on rigid inflatable boat skills, including self-rescue, righting capsized craft and victim retrieval.

After completing the three “evolutions,” as training exercises are referred to in the fire service, participants were reassembled at the incident command post.

The Incident Commander addressed the group, until he was interrupted by the crackling of his portable radio: “Bay Constable, PWFD IC, we have a disabled craft leaking fuel. Multiple victims in the water, one disabled. Immediate assistance requested. This is a drill.” The IC promptly dispatched all rescue crews to the scene. After successful coordinated efforts to rescue the simulated victims, all personnel were directed to a decontamination and rehabilitation center mobilized for the incident.

The training exercise concluded at approximately 11 a.m., in time for volunteers to return to their home to enjoy a safe, peaceful afternoon with their families.

The membership of the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department is comprised entirely of  local resident volunteers. Members usually receive 200 hours of training in the first year, with ongoing training during their careers.  If you are interested in joining the M-LFD, please call 516-466-4435 or visit


Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders. 


“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”

A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus. 


“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.

Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”


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.

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

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.


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Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

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