Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00
For the first time ever, the Manhasset Proponents of School Accountability (MPSA) and the Port Washington Educational Assembly (PWEA) are supporting the proposed school budgets in our communities, as both budgets are meeting the new tax cap limits. While both of our groups favored a budget with no tax increase in these difficult times, in the interest of unifying our communities, we agreed to support any budget that met the new tax limit even though the budget increases ($1.5 million in Manhasset and $2.7 million in Port Washington) are, for the most part, increases in employee salaries and benefits.
However, in regard to salary and benefits, many Long Island teachers are agreeing to salary concessions, as they realize there are literally thousands of qualified teacher applicants for teaching jobs, and that LI teachers now have the highest salaries of all teachers in the nation. Manhasset teachers should be commended for agreeing to defer their STEP increases for half a year in each of the next two years, and taking a zero COLA increase for this coming school year and only a 1 percent increase the following year. Unfortunately, Port Washington teachers failed to make similar concessions and will continue to receive salary increases of 12 percent over the next two years.
It should be noted, for the first time, there is recourse for residents who consider their school taxes burdensome and object to any increase in the budget. The new law offers them real relief and real power. If any budget is defeated twice, the allowable tax increase is zero.
Finally, we advocate key reforms in Albany if we are going to avoid having to choose between unreasonable tax increases or program cuts down the road. The Triborough Amendment must be changed to eliminate the continuation of STEP increases after a union contract expires, so as to put the union under the same pressure as school boards during contract negotiations. Today all the pressure is on school boards. Second, we need tenure reform to improve educational quality and not be forced to layoff well performing young teachers to the detriment of educational excellence. Third, we need more pension reform as current pensions are still far too generous with the bulk of the costs borne by the taxpayers. Finally, Wicks Law must be changed to reduce the waste in large construction projects. Unfortunately, many politicians are intimidated by teacher unions and refuse to deal with these needed reforms. That is a battle for another day.
Laurann Pandelakis, MPSA
Frank J. Russo, Jr., PWEA
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.