Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00
On Monday, June 4 at the calendared public mMeeting of the Redistricting Committee, a working session with (no comments allowed) took place. Of the 42 letters and emails that had been received by the committee “mostly from Plandome Heights,” all of these messages were objecting to redistricting us to district 4 in Great Neck. No letters were discussed as being received from any other community. After careful and thoughtful consideration of the unanimous and strenuous objections from Plandome Heights’ citizens, the committee voted 5 of 9 to recommend to the town board “Option 3,” which redistricts Plandome Heights to the Great Neck district. The matter will move to the town board next. What does that mean you ask?
Town of North Hempstead redistricting plans would separate Plandome Heights from the other Manhasset villages and merge us with the Great Neck peninsula. It also removes Plandome Heights from the district that includes Plandome and Plandome Manor. Geographically, the three Plandomes share waterfront, roadways, evacuation routes, and are founding members of the Port Washington/Manhasset Office of Emergency Management.
Great Neck is comprised of apartment buildings, multi-family residences and a large business district. Plandome Heights, like the other Plandome villages, are comprised solely of single-family residences with no commercial properties. Simply put, our issues and needs differ greatly from that of Great Neck.
One can only assume that this decision was made for political reasons, rather than the villages well being. As the TONH has the privilege of distributing many federal, state and local funds in their districts, pleasing the voting block of Great Neck (Pop 40,000+) over the interests of Plandome Heights (pop 1000).
I urge villagers of Plandome Heights to please email and call Jon Kaiman and the TONH offices to register your desire to remain in your current district. If you don’t care—then welcome to Great Neck.
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00
Manhasset resident Arda Nazerian Haratunian is lending her expertise and support to ERASE Racism, a civil rights non-profit that advocates for racial equity on Long Island. As a member of its planning committee for the third year in a row, she is helping to organize ERASE Racism’s Annual Benefit Celebration, which will take place on June 5 at the Garden City Hotel.
A strategic communications consultant, Arda has more than 25 years experience in both the private and public sectors. She most recently served as senior policy advisor and communications director to former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and previously worked for New York Governor Mario Cuomo. During the decade between her two careers in public service, Arda was on Wall Street, serving as managing director of global corporate communications for Citigroup’s Corporate and Investment Bank and before that, head of media and public relations at the American Stock Exchange.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
There is a floral treasure in Manhasset, something unique: it’s the greenhouse in front of Manhasset Florist on Orchard Street. “Having my own greenhouse ensures premium plant growth and creates optimum conditions. This allows me to offer the healthiest plants to my customers,” says owner Alexander Otis. Indeed, the plants look truly perfect and a delightful scent of blossoms fills the air of the greenhouse.
“My father bought the business and property 45 years ago. During those years, he opened a total of five flower shops in Nassau County,” said Alex. His father trained him and his sister Aretta in the flower business. “While still attending high school we both helped on Saturdays and during our vacations,” he explains. Alex graduated from the New York Institute of Technology as an architect and worked as an engineer for over six years before returning to his roots to help his father manage his five flower shops and to run one, Garden City Florist. “When my father retired in 1999, I took over Manhasset Florist & Greenhouse and Aretta took over Port Washington Florist.”
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
One of Manhasset’s 12U intramural baseball teams defeated Great Neck in the first game played at the renovated Valley Park field on Saturday April 27. Manhasset’s offense scored 10 runs, including a home run from Devin Callery, while pitchers Logan Hyde, Jeff Torborg, James Marchetti and Grant Petracca combined to limit Great Neck to one hit with 11 strikeouts in six innings. Edward Jarvis, Robert DeCastro, Massimo Abruzzo, Colby Schmidt, Gabriel Cohen, Spencer Kaye and Justin Louie each contributed quality defensive plays. Manhasset raised its record to 4-0 and stands in first place in the inter-town intramural league, which includes 8 teams from Merillon, Albertson-Herricks, Great Neck and Manhasset.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 10:34
The Manhasset Junior Varsity Ice Hockey Team finished their season Wednesday night, April 17, beating Bellmore/Merrick 4-3 in the championship game at the Bethpage Community Park Ice Rink. Wednesday’s finale marked the end of an impressive campaign by the Indians which included a 19-1 regular season record and a trip to the New York State Championship in Ithaca.
Manhasset got off to a strong start scoring four times in the first period on goals by Michael Walsh, Michael Brzozowski, Mario De Bueriis, and Matthew Cecchini whose tally would prove to be the game winner. Nolan Behringer, Ryan Kiess, and goaltender Alex Feinstein led the defense in shutting down a powerful Bellmore/Merrick squad, securing Manhasset’s first ever Junior Varsity Championship.