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Letter: Steamed Over Hot Tubs

This week we were alerted that the Village of Plandome Manor is now requiring all hot tubs and swimming pools to be inspected by the village’s crack team of inspectors. It seems that these days, the hyper-regulating village board stays busy issuing rules and regs on every aspect of our lives.

This hot tub inspection makes me wonder if we all must wear our swim trunks during this new inspection, or can we remain in our birthday suits?  Besides the matter of clothes, if we have closed the hot tub for the summer months, must we reopen it for the summer inspection schedule of our government in order to accommodate their latest rulings? The myriad of issues surrounding the hot tub and pools scares me as to what they may inspect next. My refrigerator cleanliness? My washing machine? My water closet?

I cannot take time away from my family and business to attend each and every village meeting to attempt to understand if it is the hired inspectors urging the board in order to justify their jobs, or if the board is in an all-out effort to copy Munsey Park. 

Could this be an effort to create Munsey Park, one line of new legal code at a time? And at what costs to us all?

We live in Plandome Manor because it is not Munsey Park, although I love to drive through the area. We can only hope that others see this over-reaching, anti-chicken tyrannical government duly thrown out of office in the next election cycle.

James A. Brodie


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.


Champions for Charity

Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting

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