Wednesday, 04 September 2013 00:00
W. Donald DeWitt died peacefully on Aug. 29, 2013 at Sunrise of Basking Ridge, where he lived with his wife. He was 87.
Born in Elmhurst, N.Y. He lived in Manhasset for nearly 50 years before moving to Mendham, N.Y. in 2007.
Don DeWitt served in the Navy during WWII from 1944-1946 on the USS Perkins in the Pacific.
He was a graduate of Adelphi University and received his JD from New York Law.
He worked as a special agent in the F.B.I. for eight years before joining the law practice which his father began. He practiced law until he retired , with offices in Manhasset, Port Washington and Jackson Heights.
He was very active in the Rotary Club of Manhasset and was responsible for bringing the annual children’s circus to town in 2001. He was a Paul Harris Fellow, and a past Treasurer, a Junior Achievement leader and he was known for many years for his humorous writing of the club newsletter, where no one was safe from his good natured teasing. He was also know around Manhasset for his column in this newspaper entitled Don DeWitt Dissents.
He was predeceased by his brother William.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years Joyce Wetherby DeWitt of Basking Ridge, one daughter Diane Frisch of Mendham and her husband Mark, two grandchildren Michael and Megan Frisch and three nieces and nephews, Bill DeWitt, Jack DeWitt and Cindy DeWitt Iacopella.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 from 9-10 a.m. at the Bailey Funeral Home, 8 Hilltop Rd., Mendham. Funeral Service 10 a.m. in the funeral home. Graveside service 11:30 a.m. at Nassau Knolls Cemetery, Manhasset, NY. For those desiring, donations to the Rotary Club of Manhasset, P.O. Box 24, Manhasset, NY 11030, in his memory, would be appreciated. www.baileyfuneralhomes.com.
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.