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Letter: The Common Sense Track…

What motive would a Manhasset resident have for voting “yes” for the school budget?  Most certainly it is of the utmost importance to give our children the finest education to support their future in a very competitive world. Over 20 years ago my husband Dante and I purchased our home in Manhasset with the dream of raising our future family in a community that would provide the finest in education with neighbors possessing similar values. It never entered our minds that someday these dreams for our children would be challenged and perhaps compromised.  

Common sense tells me that our dreams do not reflect all of the community – some without the need to educate their children in the public school system, others without children to educate, and others who simply cannot afford the school taxes necessary to maintain the highest quality in education. What else may motivate a Manhasset homeowner to vote yes in the upcoming school budget vote?

The Washington Post ratings were released a couple of weeks ago, and we are ranked second of the Long Island schools behind Jericho. Jericho is No. 80 and we are No. 90.  Each and every homeowner benefits by having a school system ranked as high as this.

  This study clearly is a major motivation for home buyers with growing families when seeking a community to raise their children. Therefore, Manhasset homeowners, when selling their homes, continue to get top dollar due to our excellent schools and proximity to Manhattan. How could any taxpayer not want to protect their investment? So, there are no secrets to the formula here…If you want to live in a thriving community that ultimately will bring you the best return on your investment, you will support the school budget and vote yes…Common sense.

All Manhasset residents should understand that statistics can be skewed depending on the motivation of the presenter. Keep on the Common Sense Track.  Don’t let misrepresented statistics lead you in a direction that will result in throwing away what is critical to your future:  the well- being of our children and the value of your home.

How can we keep on the Common Sense Track?

Nursery school parents must vote yes for the school budget for their children’s future;

Private school parents must vote yes for the vibrance of the community in which they live and to protect their investment;

Seniors and empty nesters must vote yes to maintain the return on their investment upon retirement;

All parents must take charge and vote yes.  Be in control of your family’s future, pull the lever yourself and don’t leave voting just up to your neighbor…Take charge.  Be in control of your fiscal future, and do so in order to ascertain what’s best for your children and the community in which you live.

Please vote yes on Tuesday, May 21, at the Manhasset High School.

Seval M. LaRocca



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.


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Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

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