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Diving Boards To Be Installed at Christopher Morley

Defunct three-tier

diving platform remains

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.


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.


Champions for Charity

Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting

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