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Letter: A Loving Note About Larry Day And His Best Friend

Larry Day passed away on April 4. Why am I writing about Larry Day? Because Larry and his lifelong friend, Charlie Knuth, taught me about the value of friendship. So often we hear about women’s friendships. But let me tell you about this “guy’s friendship.“ I’ve worked at the Manhasset Public Library for 15 years and over that time I observed them and marveled at their relationship.

Until Larry could no longer engage in his daily ritual, he could be seen with his best friend, Charlie, taking their daily “good health” walk down Plandome Road, chatting up a storm. So, what did they talk about — two grown men in their 70s and 80s? Life...they shared their joy and their grief. Charlie, reflecting on his days as patent director at Pfizer, and Larry about the good ol’ days at Pepsi. But, more importantly, they chatted about their families — their grown children, grandkids, and their beloved wives, Nancy Knuth and Elizabeth Day. And when Larry got sick, Charlie faithfully visited him up to the last.

And so, we look at two senior gents walking down the road and we don’t give it a thought. But, this friendship was rare — they told the truth to each other, discarded the male ego and were there for one another emotionally. Think about it — you don’t see them anymore, but they set the example of cherished friendship of the most important kind. I miss seeing Charlie and Larry together on library bus trips — they were always such good friends.

Debbie Dellis-Quinn
Community Relations and Program Director
Manhasset Public Library


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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