While the Coalition Against Substance Abuse Committee was sequestered in the board room on the third floor of the high school, three camels were having a snack under the trees at Memorial Field by the commuter parking lot. Their friends included two shetland ponies. The motley crew of beasts were part of the Zerbini Circus, which had come to town at the behest of the Manhasset Rotary Club. Free to all children under the age of 12. The circus is a one-ring spectacular presentation of feats defying the imagination, now in its thirteenth year—and the kids love it!
Don DeWitt is the architect of this children’s circus, which he created in 2001 when he served as president of Manhasset’s Rotary club. He wanted to give Manhasset’s children something to smile about in the aftermath of 9/11. Sadly, he passed away a few weeks ago.
This past Saturday, the residents of Plandome gathered on their front lawns and along the Village Green for a fantastic parade. Children and adults of all ages were fascinated by the parade of antinque fire engines, sea of red shirts (Plandome’s color), junior firefighters and neighboring firefighters, along with fire trucks and emergency vehicles that streamed past. Young children adorned with their own fire hats watched to see their dad or grandpa march by on the marked parade route which ultimately ended at the Village Green and an enormous tent which was set up for the day’s festivities.
The Third Annual “I Grew Up In Manhasset” Reunion was held on Saturday, Sept. 7. Manhasset High and St. Mary’s graduates from the 1960s to the 1980s gathered to reminisce and share stories of their childhood and coming of age in the town they loved—at a time when the town itself was also growing up during the postwar, baby-boom era.
The concept of holding a town-wide reunion was the brainchild of Jeff Famiglietti and Meg Horton, who came up with the idea after joining an “I Grew Up In Manhasset” Facebook page that was started by Anabela Da Silva in 2010. On the page, boomers share Manhasset memories through conversational threads that range from describing weekday afternoons at Town Hall Pharmacy with George’s famous cherry colas to remembering Al, the patrolman who safely guided students across Northern Boulevard from Plandome Road on their way to St. Mary’s schools each weekday morning.
On Wednesday, Sept. 25, a stunning autumn day, parents and children came together to learn about safety for every facet of their life.
On that date, the Town of North Hempstead sponsored its Sixth Annual Kid Safety Day at Mary Jane Davies Park in Manhasset. Over 300 people attended. The news of the nearby shooting in Garden City might have triggered the overwhelming response because a long line was in front of the Child Safety ID kit table. Parents were able to have their child fingerprinted and have an identity kit put together in the event their child goes missing. The National Child Identification Program that has been in place since 1997, urges parents to put together the following information, should a child should go missing: A complete physical description including birthmarks, scars and identifying features, a current photo and fingerprints.
Manhasset residents will want to pull up a seat—or maybe a couch or a coffee table—later this fall when Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams comes to town.
The 24-year-old furniture brand, specializing in stylish, comfortable and value-conscious furniture and home goods, will be opening an outlet next to the popular Apple Store at 1900 Northern Boulevard.
With all of the controversy surrounding New York State’s teacher-evaluation mandates and the continuing debates over the validity of the common-core curriculum and standardized testing, Manhasset Public Schools Superintendent Charles Cardillo and Teachers’ Union President Ed Vasta are both strongly focused on the improvement of instruction and enhancing the classroom experience for their students.
While Cardillo, who has been Superintendent since November 2005, and Vasta, who heads the Manhasset Education Association, are certainly not big fans of the increased pressures placed on students by the required tests and the impact that the results of these tests will have on teacher ratings, they are firmly convinced that their evaluation system is an asset to improving instruction.
On Sunday, Sept. 22 two Manhasset professionals working toward a cure for brain cancer become award recipients for the “Run for Rob” 5K Run/Walk, dedicated to the memory of Dr. Robert Bernstein, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who lost his battle to brain cancer in 2010. Dr. Michael Schulder will receive the 2013 Robert Bernstein Humanitarian Award. Nurse Practitioner Louise Ann Purcell will be given the Compassionate Care Award. Dr. Schulder has been doing extensive work in the field of brain cancer and its related category of malignant brain tumors called gliomas – of which the specific cause is unknown and identifying various risk factors has proven difficult.
On Thursday evening, Sept. 19, people began lining up at the Apple Store, many setting up chairs along the sidewalk at 1900 Northern Blvd. at The Gate in Manhasset. They were lining up for the release of the new iPhone, scheduled for next day.
Brandon DiBack of Manhasset, age 19, was among those waiting on line Friday morning. When asked why stand in line rather than simply pre-ordering the device? Because pre-orders can end up as back orders. “I just want to make sure I am the first to have it when it comes out,” he said.
The Very Reverend David B. Lowry, Rector of Christ Church Manhasset, recently retired from Christ Church, after almost ten years as Rector there, and almost 41 years since of his Ordination to the Priesthood. Father Lowry and his wife Mary have relocated to New Orleans, where they lived previously.
As part of the celebration of Father Lowry and Mary’s years with Christ Church, a special Eucharist service was celebrated on Sunday, August 25. A record number of parishioners were in attendance to honor Lowry’s service to the Church, as well as many members from the community-at-large.
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, a long-time Great Neck resident who has served as town supervisor for 10 years, will leave his position the week of Sept. 23. “It’s bittersweet, but it’s time to move on,” Kaiman told the Manhasset Press, just after announcing his departure date.
Kaiman will be devoting more time to his new role as a special advisor on Long Island storm recovery to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program. “This will be a full-time job come Sept. 23,” Kaiman said.
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