Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00
I felt compelled to write in after reading the article titled, “Women’s Club of Flower Hill Helps Organic Gardens Grow”. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Planet Manhasset Committee under the Manhasset SCA, our schools have three flourishing vegetable gardens. We are so grateful to the Women’s Club of Flower Hill for their generous donation to our efforts. It was my distinct pleasure to host their Annual Luncheon at our home.
When I approached the Planet Manhasset Committee over a year ago with my dream of starting these gardens I learned that the idea had been floating around for a while. Timing is everything and once we presented the idea to the SCA and the school administration we were met with great enthusiasm and support.
Our committee consists of very talented and dedicated ladies, Merilyn Donnelly (HS Co-Chair), Connie Parsons, Zari Ginsburg and Iliza Bartels. Due to their creative efforts we have members of the community, teachers, school employees, Life Skills students, Girl Scouts, Jr. Coalition Against Breast Cancer, Green Club and other students all working together to see that the gardens serve as an educational tool as well as a means of providing fresh organic vegetables to EOC’s food pantry.
The Nicholas Center for Autism in Port Washington worked together all Summer with Merilyn Donnelly at the Secondary School Garden. The gardens were tended with expert care and thrived beautifully as a result.
I want to thank the committee from the bottom of my heart for embracing this idea. I also want to thank the School Board, Mr. Cardillo, Dr. Schlanger, Dr. Kendall, Mr. Geczik, Mrs. Curry, Ms. Viscovich and Mr. O’Brien for their support. Mr. Markarian and Ms. Manieri and the custodial staff at both Munsey Park and Shelter Rock Schools have been so helpful. They installed outdoor spigots, built a shed for us and on and on… Mr. Pfaeffle’s beautiful raised beds are admired by all who pass them at the Secondary School. Shelter Rock School also has terrific raised beds thanks to Mr. Bartels. A special thank you to Anne Albano. She is an employee at the HS and dedicated so much time this summer giving lots of TLC to the plants. She is a very capable gardener and we learned so much from her.
The gardens also enjoyed lots of care and attention from families who signed up to “adopt the garden” for a week at a time this summer and we are grateful for their help! The volunteer coordination process was made easy by Karen Barnes who set up “Sign up Genius” for us on our website.
I look forward to another rewarding year working together with this wonderful group. Considering all the stress our school district was under last year, the gardens remind us that we have a terrifically talented and supportive community. Our goal continues to be to provide an opportunity for all who are interested to nurture and learn the wonderful lessons that tending a garden can provide.
To learn more about Planet Manhasset and the gardens please visit www.manhassetsca.org and click on Planet Manhasset.
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.