Written by Elizabeth Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, 18 September 2013 12:17
Manhasset Secondary School sports have scored with the addition of Jim Amen, Jr. as the school’s athletic director. Amen brings to the table an impressive background in physical education. He was considered a legend in the Cold Spring Harbor School district, where he was athletic director from 1999 until this spring; they even named a field after him when he retired.
But just a few months later he’s back on the field, this time in Manhasset. “I made a good decision [to quit retirement],” he said. Amen, a native Long Islander, graduated from Massapequa High School and received his degree from SUNY Cortland. He worked in the Plainview/Old Bethpage school district. For three years he coached men’s soccer at the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point and was named Metropolitan Coach of the Year after leading the team to the championships. He coached soccer at Hofstra University in 1977 and was assistant lacrosse coach there as well.
Amen moved to Maryland where took a position as head nasketball coach and assistant lacrosse coach at John Hopkins. In 1982, Amen returned to Long Island to teach and coach in Levittown, and then to Bethpage as atheltic director. Currently, Amen is the Nassau County boys lacrosse coordinator and the president of the Boys Lacrosse New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
After being in the physical education field for some time, he is familiar with all the players from surrounding school districts.
He has the utmost respect for Carolyn Pagnano, Manhasset’s former athletic director, who took the special retirement package offered between the first (failed) budget vote and the revised budget vote. The revised budget compressed the athletic director’s position from a full time employee to .5 FTE.
When asked how he was looking to change things here in Manhasset, he said was going to “look, listen and learn.” Amen indicated he had already met with the coaches and the faculty and is looking “to improve what is good here.” He enjoys students and especially likes the students in Manhasset because even if they do not know you, they always respond politely when addressed and say “hello.”
Amen resides in Northport with his wife and has raised three children Scott, Lauren and Brian. His dad, a teacher, was a great influence on him. He speaks humbly about his past accomplishments. Superintendent of Schools, Charles Cardillo’s words of introduction to the SCA parent meeting ring true: “The district had the good fortune of hiring an incredibly respected individual who has a trmendous work ethic in regards to athletics. Despite .5 position, the district has hired an individual who is totally dedicated to getting the job done at a high level.”
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.