Written by Joe Scotchie Thursday, 21 March 2013 00:00
Few places in the Roslyn area suffered as much from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy as Clark Botanic Gardens. In fact, the grounds of the longtime establishment have remained closed since the hurricane hit last October. The gardens are expected to open in April.
In the meantime, Clark officials have up to 40 trees to replace. That restoration process received a huge boost recently when the Manes-American Peace Prize Foundation donated $10,000 to the gardens. Old Westbury resident Harvey Manes heads the foundation.
Manes said he made the donation after learning about the widespread destruction to Clark Gardens as reported in the local media. He has long patronized the gardens, which he called a “cute little place” which he believes is not as well known to the public as it should be.
Manes was also inspired by the life work of Grenville Clark, who donated the land that eventually became Clark Botanic Gardens. As with Manes, Clark was a firm believer in promoting peace among peoples and nations. An aid to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Clark, Manes recalled, had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on several occasions and was also a man who believed that the United Nations should play a major role in promoting peace. Similarly, Manes’ own foundation awards a peace prize to a deserving American who also promotes world and local peace. Restoration work isn’t the only community activity Manes is involved with. On Saturday, March 30, his foundation will be sponsoring a gun buy-back rally at Prayer Tabernacle Church in North Amityville. Manes said that such programs are usually sponsored by governmental agencies, but this is a rare occasion when a private organization does the work.
After the hurricane hit, garden officials set a goal of $15,000 in monies needed for restoration. So, the tranquility that Clark Botanic Gardens provides for local residents should be available again to all in the near future.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
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.”
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.
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.