A Jetson-like environment in the future may not be just a cartoon.
Imagine floating as if you were in space, drifting in a gravity free environment. Manhasset native Captain John Henry Benisch II no longer has to imagine it — he lives it. Captain Benisch, a pilot for the Zero Gravity Corporation, is one of the three-man team that maneuvers the Boeing 727, G-FORCE ONE, flying parabolic arcs to create weightlessness.
It’s time to submit your applications and payments for Manhasset’s annual Adopt-a-Pole program. In May, Alex Otis of Manhasset Florist will hang baskets of fresh red, white and blue flowers from light poles along Plandome Road. The Town of North Hempstead has kindly agreed to water the plants as needed. Alex shows last year’s crop to Diane Harragan, Coach Realtors, who has been coordinating the program for the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce for 10 years.
Part of Manhasset’s charm is that tradition is integral to many of its activities. A relatively new tradition was started in 1999 by the late Betsy Chesebrough in an effort to beautify Manhasset. Mrs. Chesebrough initiated the Adopt-a-Pole program that offers sponsorship opportunities for decorating light posts along Plandome Road. It was a simple idea, but brilliant. The three-fold result was that sponsors could have names engraved on a plaque on the pole, Plandome Road would be more attractive at key times during the year, and revenue would cover costs. Some sponsors appreciated the opportunity to name their stores and businesses on the plaques, others listed family names, while others honor the memories of family members or friends. Some sponsors joined with others to share the cost of one pole.
Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio announced her candidacy for North Hempstead Town Supervisor at a fund raiser Thursday, April 18 at H on the Harbor in Port Washington.
DeGiorgio, a Republican who currently represents the sixth district on the Town Council, which encompasses Port Washington and parts of Manhasset and Plandome, was surrounded by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, State Senator Jack Martins and former U.S. Senator Alphonse D’Amato.
A letter to the editor entitled "Who Is The Bully Now?" appeared in the April 19 issue of the Manhasset Press signed by Todd Higgins. He did not write the letter. It was mistakenly published under his name. Mr. Higgins informed the paper that he is not opposed to the budget, as the letter states.
We apologize for the error.
The Manhasset SCA Fair, the largest fundraising event of the year for the SCA. is set for Saturday, May 4 at the Munsey Park School and will be co-chaired by Daniela Buchholz and Dianne Tolentino.
The fair will offer many exciting attractions. Sample a selection of foods at the International Food Tent and visit the SCA Grill courtyard, the Old Fashioned Candy booth and the SCA Bakery booth. You can also shop the wide variety of wares offered by the vendors under the Big Tent, scale a rock climbing wall and have tons of fun enjoying face painting (new this year), the dunk tank and pie throwing.
When Tina Lelia opened her new hair salon business and joined forces with Joseph Haircutters on Plandome Road over a year ago, she came armed with over 37 years of prior experience in the hairdressing business. “I was looking forward to coming to Manhasset and I also knew that my staff and I would be a valuable asset to the shop,” she says. “It’s a great location too and I knew my existing clients would enjoy easy parking near my new salon.”
Tina said she provides excellent service and is very passionate about the treatment, coloring and styling of hair. “I have a solid reputation for earning the trust and confidence of my clients through my technical expertise and commitment to understanding my clients’ needs and preferences,” explains Tina. “My training and professional experiences have provided me the skills necessary to maintain an excellent level of service,” says Tina. She explained that her professional training was received at Queens Vocational High School and later at Chadwick’s International Coiffure and the Keratin Complex Hair Therapy Treatment Center.
Pro Football Hall of Famer and Manhasset hometown hero Jim Brown, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the town board will be on hand for the grand re-opening of Manhasset Valley Park on Saturday, April 27, at 12 p.m.
The reconstruction of Manhasset Valley Park includes two brand new artificial turf fields. One will be used for baseball. The other, a multi-purpose field, will be used for soccer and lacrosse. This field will be dedicated to the athletic achievements of Jim Brown, a Manhasset High School alumni and Hall of Fame National Football League running back. Brown, whose name will be immortalized on a kiosk to be erected on the grounds of the park, is expected to speak to the crowd.
The library budget hearing on April 10 didn’t draw much of a crowd. The wife of a trustee was there along with the candidate running for one of the two open library trustee positions. One couple, the Trombetta’s, asked questions and had the community’s back.
Angela Trombetta questioned why legal fees were higher and was told it was due to ongoing contract negotiations with the staff. She was also informed there was a separate issue with an employee.
Except for a few, the cherry and Bradford pear trees along Shelter Rock and Searingtown roads are gone. Stumps line the roadways and the community is seeking honest answers as to who is responsible. Did the contractor independently decide which trees were to be removed? Or were their representatives instructed by someone at the county level? Were healthy trees removed for profit, or were diseased trees removed out of necessity? There is a trail of stumps; is there a paper trail?
Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos has indicated that the county has a contract with Looks Great Tree Services Inc. for pruning that the company won over three other bids in August 2011.
They stole the show. Although April 10 was the first village meeting for the three newly elected officials of the Village of Munsey Park, Randy and Joe provided the real excitement. The two young men were location managers for Warner Bros. Productions and had scouted a home on Burnham Place to film the movie, This Is Where I Leave You, starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda. Sean Levy, with Date Night and Night at the Museum under his belt, is the director.
They were counseled to submit a detailed application the next day to be reviewed at a scheduled meeting of the village board the following week, and that Village Code Chapter 96 deals with filming in Munsey Park. Mayor Frank DeMento said he was excited to welcome them to the village. The duo said they had spoken to town hall, and to the Nassau County Police who could assist with coordinating events. They wanted it to be a good experience for everyone, they said, including the neighbors. At present, they reported, the plan is to spend 15 days filming in middle to late May. Preparation time, they said, “Is mostly inside.” Only two scenes will affect Park Avenue, they said, and there would be a total of three night scenes. Grinning, Village Clerk Barbara Miller added, “I make a great extra.”
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