Maybe 13 really is an unlucky number.
The Cherry and Bradford Pear trees along Shelter Rock Road and Searingtown Road that, more than anything else in Manhasset, once heralded spring—are gone. Stumps line the roads for Spring 2013.It’s time for their appearance, when the sight of those billowing limbs create an instant smile and a knowing nod from motorists that winter is surely over; spring has opened her arms.
Mark Peterson already had long years of experience in the automobile business before he opened A&M Automotive in Manhasset in November 2008 and he was well known in the area. “I was the service manager for Biener Nissan in Great Neck for 35 years so when I decided to open my own business, I wanted to stay in this area where I already had an established following. I have always felt that the Manhasset community was my extended family,” he explains. “I enjoy the camaraderie and ‘family feeling’ within the community. It has been a great choice of location for me and my business,” he adds.
Peterson says his family is involved in the business too: “My wife helps with the paperwork and my children help by supporting any events we take part in here in the community.”
Uncontested elections like those in Plandome Heights and Plandome Manor enticed about 30 residents each to trek to the polls to cast their votes. Flower Hill had four individuals running for three open trustee positions, and well over 100 residents voted.
It was the changing of the guard in the Village of Munsey Park that seemed to break records. Harry Nicolaides had served as mayor for 17 years and, as the challenger, Frank DeMento, was swept into office, the two trustees running with him were also successful against the two incumbents, making it a clean sweep. Over 700 votes were cast in the mayoral election. Munsey Park is a village of about 400 homes.
Sixteen women in the Town of North Hempstead were honored for their contribution at the town’s 20th Annual Women’s History Breakfast at Harbor Links Clubhouse on March 21, in celebration of Women’s History Month. The event was held in memory of North Hempstead’s first female supervisor May W. Newburger, who passed away in August at the age of 92 and was known as a trailblazer to local women.
Town Clerk Leslie Gross called Newburger “a mentor, ally, devoted friend, a shrewd courageous leader, and a role model,” as well as a “champion of women’s rights.”
*Robert McNamara 207
*Eileen Mills 183
*Tab Hauser 164
Roy Nelson 103
There has been a car wash located in the same spot on East Shore Road in Manhasset for 50 years, and when the current four owner-operators took over in 2011, the Manhasset Hand Car Wash got its own sprucing up. “We renovated it completely from top to bottom. No expense was spared,” says Michael Canino, one of the four owners. “We opened on Feb. 14, 2012 so have been here now for over a year,” he adds.
Another owner-operator, Scott Popofsky, says they offer a complete hand wash system at machine wash prices and also have a car detail center. He explains the philosophy employed: “We kill you with kindness. We strive for perfection. We want our customers to look at our car wash as a ‘spa’ for their cars.”
Coinciding with Women’s History Month, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Town Clerk Leslie Gross announced the honorees for the 2013 Women’s Roll of Honor, which will pay tribute to the late May Newburger, former North Hempstead Supervisor and founder of the annual event.
Event chairperson Gross has chosen the theme for this year’s breakfast, which will recognize North Hempstead’s women “Trail Blazers.”
Villages seeking to make infrastructure improvements can find free, state-funded grant-seeking assistance through New York State’s New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). David Berg of Cameron Engineering and Neil Lewis of Sustainability Institute presented the information to mayors and trustees at the March 12, Nassau County Village Officials Association meeting.
NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation created in 1975 under New York State law. At this time, NYSERDA’s goal is to help the state meet its energy goals, which include reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources and protecting the environment. And to this end, NYSERDA works to facilitate change through the widespread development and use of innovative technologies to improve the state’s energy, economic and environmental wellbeing.
On March 2, the school board held its annual budget work session beginning with Superintendent Charlie Cardillo holding a one hour PowerPoint presentation on the 2013-2014 preliminary budget. He outlined the issues influencing the district’s ability to maintain the current programs in the “4 A’s” such as academics, the arts and athletics, and activities in the co-curricular program, while dealing with challenges including the district’s inability to allocate already depleted reserves to the budget, the significant increase in pension and benefit costs, continued increases in enrollment, the continuing loss of state aid—all exacerbated by the requirements of the tax levy cap legislation.
It was evident Councilwoman Anna Kaplan had done her homework when she reported to a standing room only crowd at the March 13 Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations.
When Plandome Road was repaved the yellow line to make a left turn onto Northern Boulevard from Plandome Road was painted too short. Once warm weather arrives, Councilwoman Anna Kaplan said, it should be extended by an additional two car lengths.
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