Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00
Anthony (Tony) L. Caserta of Lloyd Harbor, NY, died June 10, 2013 at Southside Hospital, Bay Shore, NY of heart failure. He was 74.
Born in Mineola, NY June 22, 1938 to P. Charles and Antonia Marra Caserta, Mr. Caserta was raised in Manhasset, NY. He graduated from Manhasset H.S. (1956), received a B.S. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, 1960), earned his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (1963), and was licensed subsequently as a Professional Engineer in NY and NJ.
During his 35 years at Grumman Aerospace Corp., Mr. Caserta worked on various projects, including: designing the OAO Satellite Thermal Monitoring System; setting up/managing the company’s Metrology Lab; co-authoring the Instrumentation part of the winning proposal for the LEM/LM Lunar Module contract; managing LEM Support Instrumentation engineers; Advanced Systems Test Manager for numerous Navy aircraft, Air Force satellite, USCG and DOT programs; managing classified and non-classified programs; creating and building the first Fiber Optic Data Bus, connecting airbourne computers via light; and receiving several patents for the corporation. During these years he belonged to a number of engineering societies and was active in the MIT Club of LI.Learning the real estate business in his youth, at age 16 Mr. Caserta was the youngest person licensed in NYS as a salesperson. He worked at his father’s firm, Roslyn Realty. At MIT he was largely responsible for the purchase of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house , still the chapter’s residence. He was active in leadership for his fraternity and represented various Boston colleges and universities at the Boston City Council.
In 1970 Mr. Caserta formed Inspecto, Inc., originally a sideline business specializing in the inspection of residential homes, primarily for potential buyers, realtors, and attorneys. At that time it was the only company chartered by NYS to perform home inspections. He also rendered architectural plans for new construction, renovations, additions, etc. for residential and commercial applications. He was instrumental in developing property subdivisions in NJ.
Following early retirement from Grumman in 1994, Mr. Caserta ventured into automotive and marine engineering. Based on work he and his son, Charles, did during the latter’s school years, he decided to develop amphibious land and sea vehicles for commercial and private use. Upon his son’s college graduation in 1996 they began full time work designing, constructing, obtaining patents and licensing, etc., under Inspecto’s Pontiphian Division, later adding Amphijet and relocating to Syosset, NY in 2006 after receiving grants from NYS and NYSERDA. He remained President and CEO of Inspecto, Inc. Anthony and Charles received the Innovator of the Year Award from LI Business News in 2002 and PTAP Award of the Year from LI Development Corp. in 2006. Their work was featured in The New York Times, Newsday, local newspapers, national boating and yachting publications. They were also active members of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in Northport, NY.
Mr. Caserta was a Huntington Republican Committeeman from the 1970s until his passing. Since the early 1980s, he headed the Van Wyck Lane road association in Lloyd Harbor. Known to some as a Renaissance man, an engineer’s engineer, a genius, the Button Man, he was mostly a true patriot. A man of math, science, and music, he was an innovator, as well as a philosophical and creative thinker. Son of a pianist, he was an avocational pianist and composer who contrived new scales and modalities. He was in the process of writing a book about music from a mathematical approach. He loved astronomy, boating, fishing, gardening, and, in earlier years, participated on baseball, soccer, crew, and bowling teams and enjoyed playing tennis. He is enrolled in the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Uniondale, NY and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA for his achievements in aerospace.
In 1969, Tony married Elizabeth (Betty) Cella of Manhasset and Huntington Bay. They established a home in Huntington. When their daughter, Andrea, and son, Charles, were a few years old, they moved to their present home in Lloyd Harbor, Huntington. He is survived by his wife, daughter and son, sister, Rosemary Caserta Uhle, and many cousins. He was predeceased by his parents.
A wake was held at the M.A. Connell Funeral Home in Huntington June 12 and 13, followed by Mass of the Resurrection at the Church of St. Patrick in Huntington and interment at the Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury, NY June 14. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, or the Cradle of Aviation Museum.
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.