Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders.
“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”
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.”
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.
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.
A new proposal by interim Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials of the Town of North Hempstead. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the Supervisor, $115,000 for the Receiver of Taxes and $105,000 for the Town Clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
Manhasset has doors opening to new business all over town. These two brand new stores held grand opening events this weekend in grand fashion and style. Catering to the customer is the objective of these businesses, which sounds like a winning combination.
Adelina Rapo has opened a new boutique specializing in accessories to adorn the discerning shopper. Located at 500 Plandome Road right next door to her beauty salon, Rapo wants to bring a European flair to Plandome Road and “a taste of Europe in Manhasset.” An avid traveler, Rapo scours Europe for that special accessory that is a must for the Manhasset shopper, acquiring an eclectic collection from France, Italy and Greece. The store hosts bags that are just right for a man or a woman.
Rapo, originally from Greece, now resides in Woodbury. She opened her doors in 2009 when she started Adelina Hair Design at 496 Plandome Rd.
Mark Sauvigne is about to complete his fourth consecutive term as commissioner of the Manhasset Park District, and is now running unopposed for a fifth.
Sauvigne said the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks influenced his initial decision to run for the office, as he was overwhelmed with the desire to make a difference in his community. Now, he is asking voters to consider his track record of accomplishments when taking to the polls on December 10. If they entrust him with a fifth term, he pledges to first combat the district’s “shortage of adequate parking.”
Community backlash against erection of a new radio tower drove the Manhasset-Lakeville Water District into the spotlight in recent weeks, forcing its commissioners to address communication lapses, and ultimately, ceasing and reversing construction efforts.
Now, a Dec. 10 election for a commissioner’s seat is thrusting the water district toward center stage once again. Current commissioner Donald O’Brien will vie for a second term, challenged by former commissioner Robert DeVito.
Manhasset Chamber of Commerce First Vice President David Haghani will step up beginning in January 2014 to take leadership of the town’s surrounding businesses. His store, Gallery Couture, on Plandome Road has been in business for 22 years, plus his two other contemporary women’s clothing stores on the same strip ensure his knowledge of town landlords, fair rent prices, proper lease agreements and then some.
With over 500 women in attendance, the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer’s Seventeenth Annual Ladies Night Out was an evening to remember. Held on Oct. 23 at Leonard’s of Great Neck. The evening included a lively vendor’s boutique, an exquisitely presented silent auction and many opportunities to support the Coalition’s mission to fund breast cancer research, increase awareness through education and provide support services to those with breast cancer and related diseases through its Outreach Program.
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