Written by Marilou Giammona, Manhasset@antonnews.com Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00
The Nassau County Department of Public Works is poised to install new diving boards at Christopher Morley Park, but the county is not ready to take the plunge with regard to the multi-tiered diving platform.
Up until this summer, Morley’s diving pool had two operable diving boards, one high and one low. “Right now there is only one [diving board] that is being used,” said a pool official who requested anonymity. “There used to be two [but] they removed the high board. We ordered new ones, they just haven’t been installed yet.”
Installation has been delayed due to a lag in delivery of necessary equipment. “Delivery of much of the materials has taken longer than expected … Additional materials are expected to be delivered,” said Michael Martino, press secretary, Nassau County Department of Public Works. At press time, concrete work was scheduled to commence: “Anticipated timeframe [for installation] is about seven days, weather permitting,” he said.
The new board will be a low board similar to the other existing board. “The high diving board is not going back up,” Martino said. “We’re investigating the installation of a [replacement] high diving board.” In the meantime, however, it appears that two new low boards will be installed.
As for the inoperable three-tier diving platform in the diving pool, “It’s a much different animal,” Martino said.
The structure is covered in rust and has not been used for at least 20 years, according to the pool official. While aesthetically unappealing, the platform does not present a safety hazard. “The ladders are taken out, you can’t even get up onto them,” the official said. “As far as I know, there is no plan in place [to repair or replace them].”
Conversely, Martino said that “the county is investigating to see if it’s going to be a feasible project … They have to look at the entire situation to see if that diving [platform] is even appropriate for that location at this point.”
While plans for removal or repair of the platform are not officially on hold, “don’t expect that to be built in the next week,” Martino said. “It’s a bigger study in looking into that platform, but most important they just want to get that diving board in for the people. Now that the equipment is being delivered, we can move quickly.”
If all goes according to plan, it appears Christopher Morley pool-goers will end the season with a big splash.
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.