Saturday, 17 August 2013 00:00
Franz Steiner’s eyes light up when he talks about baking. He says he loves the daily creativity of baking special requests for the many events in people’s lives, and he even loves making the daily freshly-baked favorites that people love and keep coming back for—pecan rings, breads, Irish Soda Bread, pastries, pies, cakes and cookies of all kinds. He says “the most popular items are jelly donuts and Melt-a-Way coffee cakes.”
When growing up in Austria, it was expected that as the oldest son in his family he would enter his father’s profession. “We lived above my father’s bakery and I loved spending time downstairs with my father at work,” says Steiner as he fondly recalls those early days helping his father and learning from him.
Steiner earned a Master’s Degree in Baking at school in Salzburg—that level was required if you owned a bakery and trained others in the profession— and then returned home to work in his father’s bakery. After he got married, Steiner and his new bride emigrated to the United States. “I worked as a baker in German bakeries in New York City, in Queens and later on the south shore of Long Island before taking a position at the Milleridge Inn in Hicksville,” recalls Steiner.
In 1979 he learned about the opportunity to purchase a long-established bakery in Manhasset. “I was excited about owning my own business. I liked the location of the store and I really liked Manhasset,” he explains. “I would have loved to grow up here. It’s like ‘Home Town, USA,’” he adds.
When he first bought the business, he expanded it by supplying German delicatessens in Queens and New York City with breads, rolls and donuts. When delivery men were no longer available, he suspended that part of the business. However, he still supplies the Manhasset Delicatessen across the street with baked goods.
Important to his success, he believes, is that “I buy and use only quality ingredients for my baking. I offer fair pricing and stand behind all products. I use recipes from Austria, Germany and the recipes I have collected over my years as a baker.”
His teenage daughter Julia enjoys coming to the shop on weekends to help out and Steiner says he loves having her there, just as he helped his own father. Steiner’s mother-in-law comes from Austria every year at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter and loves to help with baking the varieties of cookies available at the shop. “I am proud to say that all my employees have been with me for more than 25 years,” adds Steiner.
Submitted by Manhasset Chamber of Commerce. www.manhassetny.org
Friday, 17 January 2014 00:00
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.”
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
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.”
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.