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.”
The Plandome Fire Department began its 100th year of protecting and serving the Village of Plandome with its annual Installation ceremony on April 2. Sadly, the meeting began with a moment of silence for Ex-Chief Lou Trapp, a 51-year member who passed away on Easter Sunday. After Treasurer Bill Miller presented his report, Secretary John Runge reviewed the previous year’s activity. Plandome ended the year with 110 active members, an impressive achievement in a village with less than 450 homes. The department responded to 85 incidents during 2012, more than a 20 percent increase over the previous year, partially driven by severe weather and partially by a record 16 Mutual Aid calls in support of other departments in the 8th Battalion.
After these reports were approved and recorded, Chief Kevin Murphy congratulated members for various achievements during 2012, including members serving as officers of firematic organizations and two members who received external recognition: Ex-Chief Roger Goodwin, who was designated Firefighter of the Year by Nassau County, and Robert Erb, who was named Firefighter of the Year by Manhasset Post 304 of the American Legion.
Five members sit on the Manhasset Public Library Board of Trustees, and this year there are two openings. Heidi McNamara will be running for re-election for a term expiring June 30, 2018.
Elisa Paone tendered her resignation before the expiration of her term on June 30, 2014, and Cindy Cardinal filed the only petition to run for library trustee. The candidate receiving the majority vote will be elected to the five-year term; the candidate receiving the second highest number of votes will fill the unexpired term.
On Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m., the Manhasset Public Library Board of Trustees meeting and Annual Budget Hearing will take place in the library Community Room. All residents are welcome to attend.
The Manhasset Library Annual Budget Vote and Trustee Election will be held in the Community Room of the library on Wednesday, April 17, from 7 a.m.–9 p.m. All registered Manhasset voters are encouraged to vote.
The Jeanne Rimsky Theatre, Main Street, Port Washington, was the setting for Nicolas Giacalone’s fifth and final solo piano recital on March 30, that is, before he starts his first year at college as a music performance major. For the past 12 of his 17 years he has been a star pupil of the Bottazzi Music School under the direct tutelage of Dr.s Ana Maria Trenchi and Bruno Bottazzi. Nicolas doesn’t have to ask, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall” (practice/practice/practice) because he has performed there 16 times already! Add to those three performances at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts and several other competition venues where he emerged as a winner. By the way, his weekly practice totals about 25 hours.
At Manhasset High School Nicolas has been an active participant in the music department’s many offerings, performing on trumpet and drums with the marching band and trumpet with the Wind Ensemble, Wind Quintet and the Chamber and Symphonic Orchestras. He has recently performed the piano accompaniment for the Mozart Requiem with the NYSSMA Choir students. On April 9 he will be performing the Mendelssohn Concerto in G Minor, Opus 25, as piano soloist with the school orchestra.
Edward and Carole Kaplan came to the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation in 2007 when Edward was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “Finding LIAF was the best thing that ever happened to us,” Carole stated. She joined a caregiver support group and Edward participated in an early-stage support group and socialization program. His attendance has grown from two days to five days a week with the progression of his dementia. Edward joined art, dance therapy, trivia, brain training, word games, and group discussions, while also benefiting from musical performances and guest lectures.
LIAF was started in 1988 by five women, each of whom had a parent or grandparent with Alzheimer’s disease. All had shared the frustration of not knowing where to turn for much-needed help. Initial efforts included an information line and a social-model adult day services program in a rented room in a community center.
I have been looking for the family of Ssg. Alexander P. McDermott for the last 12 years. The reason why I am still looking for family is that I want them to know that last Sept.15 a monument was unveiled in the Dutch town of Lisse in honor of him and his crew. I wasn’t able to find his family before the unveiling. I got in contact with almost all of the 12 families whose fathers and grandfathers were on the plane when it went down.
It’s already nearly 16 years since Raindew Family Center opened its doors in Manhasset and began to “provide a need in the community,” says John Hults, one of the store managers. “We have most things people need. If we don’t have it, we will get it,” he adds.
According to Hults, Manhasset was a desired location for this business because “we wanted to be part of a family-friendly community. Since coming here, we love watching families grow. We feel like friends.”
Brushing aside widespread assertions to the contrary, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos last week flatly declared: “The county is not broke.”
In a wide-ranging discussion with editors of Anton Community Newspapers in Mineola, the Republican comptroller declared, “Why can’t people believe that if we give an audited financial statement, performed by outside auditors and show that we have a surplus, why isn’t it real?”
The Manhasset SCA has launched a voter registration drive in an effort to register all eligible Manhasset residents and increase voter participation.
Local statistics show that only 75 percent of those eligible to vote are registered and, of those that are registered to vote, very few actually go to the polls. Historically, 90 percent of registered Manhasset residents, 40 years and under, do not vote. The SCA would like to encourage everyone to have their voice be heard through their vote.
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