Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
We encourage our North Hills neighbors to stand up and be heard by their Village Government. Save Inisfada from demolition by having the Mayor and Board of Trustees create an Historic Preservation Board and designate Inisfada as an Historic Village Landmark before it is demolished.
We also encourage the Village of North Hills Mayor and Board of Trustees to recognize Inisfada as an historic structure with unique architectural features and environmental significance in the same way the previous Mayor and Board of Trustees determined so in 1982.
The August 19th, 2013 “Inisfada Update” posted on the Village of North Hills website provides us with the current status of this building and property. We are thankful that the Village is providing updated information on this important matter. According to the update letter only single family homes, a religious use, a non commercial club or a government use is permitted on this site. However the Village Code Chapter 215 Zoning, Article IV Use Regulations was not included in this update letter and this provision of the Village Code provides for another permitted use.
Back on October 27th, 1982 the Mayor and the Board of Trustees of the Village of North Hills adopted a special permitted use for Estate Buildings within the Inisfada R3 zone, greater than 8,000 square feet and constructed prior to May 1st, 1932. If an Estate Building or an Estate Complex (property) is found to have historic, unique architectural features or special environmental features it can qualify for an approved apartment building. Section 215‐22 Subsection K (3) goes further and states the Board shall consider the age, history, architectural or historical style, craftsmanship, uniqueness, environmental value, topographical significance and the irreplaceability of any such building.
It would appear the Board did specifically take Inisfada into account when this law was enacted. The one restriction is that no more than 8 apartments would be permitted. However, upon Board of Zoning and Appeals variance approval more than 8 apartments could be built. A creative solution could be the adaptive reuse of Inisfada to Senior Residences with a Community Center.
The Manhasset Preservation Society encourages the new owner, the residents of North Hills as well as the Government to recognize this important local law and to preserve this unique building which by all accounts conforms to Chapter 215 of the North Hills Zoning Law as an irreplaceable historic structure with unique architectural style, magnificent craftsmanship and located within a well preserved natural environment above a sole source aquifer.
Norman Nemec AIA
Manhasset Preservation Society
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.