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Decades Of Dancing

Written by Ann Mathisen, Saturday, 11 May 2013 00:00

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.


Manhasset School Board Trustee Election

Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00

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.

–Pat Grace


Chamber Member Of The Week: De Rosa Foundation

Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00

Manhasset resident Kathy De Rosa started the De Rosa Foundation For Colon Cancer Research and Prevention in 2007 with the goal of raising awareness and promoting research for its detection and early treatment.

Unfortunately De Rosa had first-hand experience. “After following up for unrelated bleeding from hemorrhoids, my 35-year old brother Gary Constantopes, also a Manhasset resident, was diagnosed in 2006 with hyperplastic polyposis syndrome. This means he had polyps that can become cancerous; he had over 100 of them. Because of his diagnosis, other family members were screened. Our grandparents, parents and two of our sisters were clear but I also had over 100 polyps. I was only 38, married with two young children, when I was diagnosed, ” recalls De Rosa. “Gary and I had no symptoms of this condition and we both felt well. Without early detection and treatment, we would not have survived,” she now calmly explains.


MHS Welcomes Jim Brown Home

Written by Arthur C. Kaminsky Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Jim Brown – the finest all-around athlete in American history – was acknowledged April 29 by the wonderful Hometown Hall of Famer program sponsored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in legendary Canton, OH along with Allstate, as well as the Manhasset High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Born in 1936, Jim moved to Manhasset at age eight, where he enjoyed an extraordinarily varied and successful scholastic athletic experience, spreading his 13 varsity letters over five sports (football, lacrosse, basketball, track and baseball). He won the 1952 Thorp Award, as the top gridder in Nassau after rushing for 15 yards per carry, set a still-standing county record for hoops scoring average (39.6 p.p.g. in 1952-53) and was offered a professional baseball contract by the New York Yankees post-graduation from Manhasset. Instead, he chose to matriculate at Syracuse University, where he established himself as a dominant figure on the lacrosse field (most valuable player in annual senior All-Star game), became a Gridiron All-American, was the second leading scorer on the Orange basketball team and nearly landed a spot on the U.S. Olympic Decathlon Squad with a fifth place finish at The Trials.


Town Celebrates Jim Brown

Thursday, 02 May 2013 00:00

Jim Brown draped himself in the red ribbon used in the April 27 ribbon cutting ceremony dedicating the new athletic field at Manhasset Valley Park in his honor. Immediately following the ceremony Brown, accompanied by his wife, walked over to the crowd and began shaking hands with the eager fans. Manhasset’s star athlete was moved to see so many in attendance, saying he was a student some 50 years ago, and he was touched so many remember him. Story and more photos next week.  

–Pat Grace


Picketers Create Distraction

Written by Pat Grace, Saturday, 04 May 2013 00:00

Construction Continues At Christ Church

On the beautifully clear morning of April 25 members of the North East Regional Council of Carpenters marched in step along Northern Boulevard and chanted in unison, “Same work! Same pay!”

The Rev. David Lowery, pastor of Christ Church, said the men strike twice a week for about an hour, from about 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. and they have not disturbed the ongoing construction. Lowery added they have a right to picket, but not to block the driveway, and they don’t.


Earth Day Community Clean-up On High Street

Written by Pat Grace, Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00

The blue plastic chairs were carefully placed in a long line on the cement walkway; the blue rectangular “rest time” mats were strewn haphazardly about the lawn. Both were about to undergo a scrubbing, having paired with the Earth Day Community Clean-up sponsored by the Town of North Hempstead on Saturday, April 20. Family service worker Betsy Panameno was delighted the classrooms were undergoing a spring cleaning.

Ms. Chennel Davis, assistant teacher to Ms. Gladys who instructs fourth and fifth-graders, at the EOC, came up with the idea of using the remains of the downed tree as a seating area. It will be more inviting when the tree stump is removed, Panameno said, and she said they are hoping someone with the proper equipment will volunteer to remove it.


Trees Re-planted

Written by Pat Grace, Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:00

April 23 began a tree-planting program that will eventually replace thousands of trees that, according to Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, fell or were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. “Superstorm Sandy changed the face of Nassau County forever,” the county executive said. “This tree planting program will continue until we have addressed every location throughout Nassau County that lost trees due to the storm.”

Village of North Hills Mayor Marvin Natiss has been in an ongoing dialogue with the county since the slaughter of the trees along Searingtown and Shelter Rock roads. “The county executive knows how disturbed I have been. Not all those trees were compromised,” Natiss said.


Clinton Draws Overflow Crowd

Written by Adam Sternberg, Editorial@ASternberg Sunday, 28 April 2013 00:00

‘Common Humanity’ lecture at Temple Sinai

The long anticipated speech by former President Bill Clinton was received by an overflow crowd of 1,700 people who packed into Temple Sinai Tuesday April 16. The audience came to hear Clinton deliver a talk entitled, “Embracing Our Common Humanity.”

The large New York media contingent on hand was given all of five minutes to hear and report on Clinton’s speech. While the media was given the short shrift, the audience received better treatment. Indeed, based upon the long-standing ovation and introductory remarks by the Congregation’s President David Schwartz, it was clear that Clinton’s appearance was considered the crown jewel in the temple’s Distinguished Lecture Series.  While Clinton was the first American president to visit Temple Sinai, he was not the first head of state. Other speakers in the series have included former Israeli prime ministers, Ehud Barak and Shimon Peres, plus Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and former United State Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger. According to Temple Sinai officials, the goal of the lecture series is to present the congregation and the community with the most inspiring and important speakers of our time.


The SCA Fair is One Week Away!

Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00

Saturday, May 4 is that magical day when the SCA Fair returns to Manhasset. Held at the Munsey Park School on Jimmy’s Field, rain or shine from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., this unforgettable event will offer many exciting attractions. Chaired by Daniela Buchholz and Dianne Tolentino, with tremendous help from Santina Petruso and Concetta Slaney, the fair will offer many exciting attractions, including thrilling rides, such as Gravitron, Pharoah’s Fury, the Round Up and Super Shot. Sample a selection of foods from the International Food Tent and visit the SCA Grill and hot dog booth for authentic fair grilling. You can also shop the wide variety of wares offered by vendors under the Big Tent, scale a rock climbing wall, test your strength at Iron Man and have fun enjoying a great selection of rides, games and activities for all, including face painting, baseball pitch and pie throwing.  Make sure to stop by the grand raffle booth and enter to win some really fantastic prizes!

One more date added…There is still time to purchase Unlimited Ride Advance Tickets in person this Saturday, April 27 at Raindew at 465 Plandome Road from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.  These tickets are only available to purchase in advance and are not available the day of the Fair and this is the absolute last day they will be available. Ride all day for $35 per person or buy two tickets for $65. These Unlimited Ride Advance Sale Tickets are exchanged for bracelets on the day of the Fair at the Bracelet Exchange Booth. Once you receive your bracelet, you may ride any ride as many times as you wish. Advance tickets that were ordered by mail can be picked up at Victoria Parisi’s home at 139 Kensett Road on Friday, May 3, between 1–7 p.m.  For more information, please contact Victoria Parisi at 627-7758 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Caroline Kenlon at 627-4556 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


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