The Manhasset community came together last Wednesday to remember those who lost their lives on that tragic Sept. 11 twelve years ago. The Manhasset Clergy Association hosted a Candlelight Memorial Service at the Mary Jane Davies Park on Plandome Road. The annual rite has become a familiar scene, with the town meeting to honor those who are missed so dearly. The local Boy Scout troops handed out candles, adding to the spirit of evening. Some came with their own candles; others with lanterns.
Manhasset Secondary School sports have scored with the addition of Jim Amen, Jr. as the school’s athletic director. Amen brings to the table an impressive background in physical education. He was considered a legend in the Cold Spring Harbor School district, where he was athletic director from 1999 until this spring; they even named a field after him when he retired.
But just a few months later he’s back on the field, this time in Manhasset. “I made a good decision [to quit retirement],” he said. Amen, a native Long Islander, graduated from Massapequa High School and received his degree from SUNY Cortland. He worked in the Plainview/Old Bethpage school district. For three years he coached men’s soccer at the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point and was named Metropolitan Coach of the Year after leading the team to the championships. He coached soccer at Hofstra University in 1977 and was assistant lacrosse coach there as well.
In a follow-up to our story of August 16, National Grid has been working in Manhasset to change the natural gas service pipelines from steel to plastic. The company is pushing hard to ensure the handful of customers who did not schedule appointments previously schedule an appointment for the free reconditioning.
Manhasset Lakeville Water District has been working throughout the month of August to replace the ancient water pipes currently running underneath Hillcrest Ave.
The Manhasset Lakeville water system, which was originally installed in 1911, has been updated in sections. Prior to the Hillcrest construction, a section of Plandome Road piping was replaced and then the road repaved.
There were smiles all around from the scores of students returning to St. Mary’s Elementary School on Wednesday, September 4. With the sun shining and the air crisp, the day was a perfect beginning to the school year.
Students eagerly clambered off school buses to the friendly greetings of Principal Celeste Checchia and St. Mary’s elementary school teachers. Many students carted new backpacks and lunchboxes.
Grades one through eight returned to school last week ready to begin the school year. Pre-school classes begin this week.
St. Mary’s Elementary School is located at 1340 Northern Blvd. in Manhasset. For more information call 516-627-0184.
This past July, the Manhasset school community experienced a terrible loss with the passing of Jodi Shapiro. “Jodi had a tremendous passion for her job which was reflected in her tireless commitment to the special education children in both elementary schools.” said Superintendent of Schools Charles Cardillo. With a heavy heart, the special education department began the search for her successor.
“Ever since I was a little boy, it was the only thing I wanted to do,” said Manhasset resident Nicholas Marchetti, on the sport that combines his passion and livelihood: fishing.
Marchetti’s love affair began more than 15 years ago, when he and his father trawled Manhasset Bay in search of striped bass, bluefish and fluke. Since then, not much else captured his attention.
“I wasn’t very into video games. I was more into fishing stuff. Buying new fishing rods, or new boots or something,” Marchetti said, noting that he used hard-earned money to purchase his first boat at the age of 16. “I didn’t actually get my [driver’s] license until I was 19.”
You may not be able to get a haircut or color service at Manhasset’s new Style Bar at 1689 Northern Boulevard, but you can get a fabulous blowout after being offered a glass of champagne or mimosa – afterall it is a bar pursey. Style Bar proprietor Rosemary Zollo is from Huntington Village where she noticed the trend for blowouts and decided to open up here in Manhasset. Once she spotted the location, she then placed an advertisment in Craig’s list from which many interested stylists inquired about job placement. “I’m willing to share clients with local salons, being we don’t offer cut and color,” said Zollo who hopes to become a friendly, local walk-in place for those wanting someone else to style their hair.
The Manhasset pharmacy filed under the legal name Mercaldo Apothecary was denied its enrollment application to be a Medicaid provider. Anthony and Peter Mercaldo will not be allowed to serve the local Medicaid population after a thorough onsite, procedural investigation was done at their business, MacLennan Pharmacy.
“The fact that this provider violated so many of Medicaid’s pharmacy standards has a direct bearing on their ability to provide quality medical services or supplies to Medicaid patients,” stated Medicaid Inspector General James C. Cox. “And they will be prohibited from doing so as long as they continue to disregard basic standards meant to protect Medicaid consumers from such practices.”
Manhasset Public Schools took a risk in asking voters to approve a budget that exceeded its state-calculated property tax cap last spring, as passage required a supermajority. When the district came up 7 percent short, officials cut the initial budget by $3.1 million, and again risked obtaining that 60 percent.
Superintendent Charles Cardillo was relieved when nearly 72 percent of Manhasset residents approved the second proposal, which included a 1.97 percent tax levy increase and far surpassed the state’s suggested 0.15 percent limit.
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