At the monthly meeting on May 7 the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce welcomed several new businessmen: Andre Kim opened a new store on Plandome Road, Artifacts Gallery; Paul Murphy is with the Principal Financial Group in Melville and lives in Manhasset and Les Wolfe announced he markets sports memorabilia. As of the May meeting there are 123 paid members with more expected.
It’s just a matter of time, and soon conversation turned to parking issues. A study was referenced that claimed 220 employees park around Plandome Road.
According to Paul Murphy, when people ask him what he does he tells them “I help people protect their lifestyle from financial disruptions, by developing strategies to protect income and manage risk. Simply put, I help people sleep better at night.” Murphy says he works with The Principal Financial Group in Melville and assists individuals and small businesses in navigating an increasingly complex financial environment.
Murphy started on Wall Street 26 years ago and held several analytical and supervisory roles at brokerages and hedge funds. He holds a BBA in finance and later earned a CFA designation in 2001. “The stock market mayhem of 2008 prompted me to do what I’ve been thinking about for a few years, transition into personal financial planning. I wanted to be able to help people in areas such as saving for retirement or college, protecting oneself with insurance, passing on wealth by using trusts, income tax and investment strategies and so on,” he says. So Murphy says he acquired life and health insurance licenses, series 7 & 63, and he is a CFP candidate.
Alicia and Andre Kim, renting since February, opened Artifacts Gallery at 407 Plandome Road on April 27. Gift items, home décor and interior design service are just a sample of what the team offers. “We have a lot of resources and will shop an item for you,” Alicia said, adding, “There is no limit as to location or style of work. “ She has even designed for a local soap opera star, but said she doesn’t have permission to use her name.
Alicia went to architectural school in Korea and, relocating to the United States, transferred her major to interior architecture. For five years, she worked at GHK Associates, very well-known in interior design circles, she said, when bought by the Nelson Company.
Manhasset resident Arda Nazerian Haratunian is lending her expertise and support to ERASE Racism, a civil rights non-profit that advocates for racial equity on Long Island. As a member of its planning committee for the third year in a row, she is helping to organize ERASE Racism’s Annual Benefit Celebration, which will take place on June 5 at the Garden City Hotel.
A strategic communications consultant, Arda has more than 25 years experience in both the private and public sectors. She most recently served as senior policy advisor and communications director to former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and previously worked for New York Governor Mario Cuomo. During the decade between her two careers in public service, Arda was on Wall Street, serving as managing director of global corporate communications for Citigroup’s Corporate and Investment Bank and before that, head of media and public relations at the American Stock Exchange.
There is a floral treasure in Manhasset, something unique: it’s the greenhouse in front of Manhasset Florist on Orchard Street. “Having my own greenhouse ensures premium plant growth and creates optimum conditions. This allows me to offer the healthiest plants to my customers,” says owner Alexander Otis. Indeed, the plants look truly perfect and a delightful scent of blossoms fills the air of the greenhouse.
“My father bought the business and property 45 years ago. During those years, he opened a total of five flower shops in Nassau County,” said Alex. His father trained him and his sister Aretta in the flower business. “While still attending high school we both helped on Saturdays and during our vacations,” he explains. Alex graduated from the New York Institute of Technology as an architect and worked as an engineer for over six years before returning to his roots to help his father manage his five flower shops and to run one, Garden City Florist. “When my father retired in 1999, I took over Manhasset Florist & Greenhouse and Aretta took over Port Washington Florist.”
The school board meeting held May 9 began with well-attended student recognition in the Black Box Theater, then continued upstairs in the boardroom. No community members were present. Because the district is one of a handful in the area proposing to pierce the tax cap, the administration and school board hope residents visit the website to review the budget document. The district’s budget, the board and administration believe, is a paragon of transparency, although, it was said, not many hits were tracked viewing the budget.
At the April 17 board of education meeting, the Manhasset BOE voted unanimously to adopt the 2013-2014 budget. The 2012-2013 budget was $87,069,424 compared to the 2013-2014 budget of $89,296,198, an increase of $2,226,774 or a 2.56 percent budget-to-budget increase, resulting in a 5.98 percent tax levy increase.
The weather could not have been more perfect for the 2013 SCA Fair, held on Saturday, May 4 on the grounds of Munsey Park Elementary. Fun-goers of all ages took advantage of the temperate temperatures to enjoy a cloudless day filled with fantastic games and rides, as well as terrific food, great shopping and wonderful live entertainment. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Fair Co-chairs Daniela Buchholz and Dianne Tolentino, along with Concetta Slaney and Santina Petruso, the annual event—the SCA’s biggest fundraiser of the year—was once again a tremendous success.
A huge thanks goes out to all of the intrepid volunteers and donors who stepped up to help make the day one that exceeded everyone’s expectations. See you at next year’s fair.
On April 27, the multi-purpose field at Manhasset Valley Park was dedicated to the athletic achievements of Jim Brown, a stellar Manhasset High School alumni. Seventy years ago Brown moved to Manhasset at age eight, and eventually amazed everyone with his record-breaking athletic achievements, spreading his 13 varsity letters over five sports: football, lacrosse, basketball, track, and baseball.
As a young professional, his career was even more amazing. Brown’s 12,312 rushing yards remained the career record for 19 years, and no doubt contributed to him becoming a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. Jim Brown is considered by many to be the greatest football player ever.
Olga Berest, a Manhasset resident, can’t travel anywhere in the world without meeting a current or former dance student.
For more than 30 years, her dance studio has graced Port Washington and warmly welcomed close to 6,000 students. For many Port children, as well as aspiring adults, taking classes with Olga is a rite of passage that creates enduring memories for both the teacher and her students.
Regina Rule and Craig Anderson are running uncontested for re-election to the Manhasset Board of Education. Each has submitted a statement for the paper. The budget vote and board member election will be held on Tuesday, May 21, at the Manhasset Secondary School gymnasium, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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