Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00
Mayor Harry Nicolaides of Munsey Park Village and the incumbent trustees, Deputy Mayor Albert Jaronczyk and Sheila Brennan amply deserve reelection on March 19.
I served as a Munsey Park trustee for six years in the 1990’s. Being a trustee is a difficult, time consuming, and thankless job. And mayor? An impossible job similar to an undeserved ring in hell in Dante’s Inferno.
Mayor Harry Nicolaides, in general, and in the recent hurricane in particular, has worked ceaselessly for the village. General emails, individual emails, bulletins and personal contact: Harry could not have worked harder or more efficiently, including with town and state governments, as well as with village residents.
Administratively, the village is in tip top shape, its employees hard working and honest, its building department untouched by scandal.
In addition, Harry runs a wonderful village meeting. Each issue is fully discussed and each individual has his or her “full say,” respectfully listened to and responded to.
Finally, the key to these village elected positions is to be a known quantity, someone who has shown the temperament and past track record to do the job. Before I became a trustee I had attended at least 10 village meetings where I had no personal interest.
The three challengers are obviously fine individuals who I hope continue to be involved in village affairs. However, I believe none of them have attended village meetings on a regular basis where they did not have a particular issue before the board, and thus have not attended many village meetings.
Therefore I would urge the three challengers to become active participants in village affairs, particularly by attending village meetings. The only reasons I do not support them now is their lack of experience in Munsey Park Village matters and the fact that I think the incumbents are doing an excellent job, and that the village is well governed.
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.