Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
We all deal with 9/11 differently. We honor those who we lost differently. For me this year I did what I love and photographed the annual Manhasset 9/11 Candlelight Memorial Service. Taking pictures gives me the opportunity to share with my community, giving those who could not be there a chance to share the evening. Capturing moments through photographs brings me joy and I know Meredith would have wanted me to do that which I love. We lost her that day and she would happy to know that our community comes together to remember and for the peace it brings those who attend.
Yet, we all find peace in our own ways. We show our support and love for others and our country on our own terms. As I walked around town I saw so many things that just made me think- “Has it been twelve years?” In town, most flags were at half-mast. Up at the Manhasset High School, at the 9/11 Memorial Garden where there were once young plants, they are now mature. The Garden’s bench looks well-worn showing that many have had a chance to sit and contemplate all that life has to offer. The commemorative brass plaques are still shining and standing tall, telling the world that our community remembers.
Little reminders were easy to see: a faded sign in a store window saying “United We Stand”; a small flag placed in car window; and a friend at Raindew buying American Flags - for what exact purpose, I do not know, but I could see in her eyes she had a plan.
But my day would end as it has for the last twelve years at Mary Jane Davies Park, sharing a few moments with friends and neighbors. For that opportunity, I am grateful for the Manhasset Clergy Association for continuing to hold their annual 9/11 Candlelight Memorial Service, as it gives our community the chance come together and show our love and support to each other. I’m grateful for all men and women in uniform who keep us safe. I am grateful for the huge American Flag proudly hung behind the gazebo by our Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department. I am grateful for the Boy Scouts for diligently handing out candles to help light the evening. But most of all, I am grateful to our community which continues show how kind and generous it is in its spirit of unity.
To those who attended the service, I hope my efforts to photograph the evening did not interfere your search for solace through the ceremony. I, too, was there to remember a loved one. I know Meredith would have loved the service and the pictures I was able take and share with the community.
Mary Jane Whalen
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.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
It seems as though the real estate market is not the only thing hot in Manhasset. A number of new stores are popping up throughout the community making Manhasset the go-to location for business. On Plandome Road, facades are being renovated to add a fresh new look. The change is updating the appearance of the existing storefronts and causing the opening of new businesses. The exterior facade of Vincents Cleaners, Tony’s Shoe Repair and Manhasset Hair Stylists are brand new both front and back. The renovation beckons customers to come in to shop on a new trendy main street.
Last week a new tenant moved into the space that adorns the renovated new storefront called ivivva. ivivva is a new store from lululemon featuring clothing for young girls age 4 to 14. And the trend continues. Just this weekend, two new businesses, Adelina Boutique and Barrel Grapes, and new members of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce opened their doors here. They held grand opening events on Friday and Saturday night.
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.