It had to be one of the warmest Christmas Tree Lighting ceremonies in memory, and the crowd grew steadily on Dec. 4 until, as in years past, it spilled into the corners of the Mary Jane Davies Green. The Manhasset High School Brass Choir, under the direction of Randy Knudsen, provided a spirited background of seasonal songs.
(Editor’s Note: Both candidates were asked to provide a brief bio and were asked to list their qualifications for the position, their understanding of role of commissioner, and their most outstanding professional accomplishments. We also asked, “Why should someone vote for you rather than your opponent?” Here are their responses.)
Manhasset is indeed unique. In American literature, it is the very special place tucked in between Gatsby’s East Egg and West Egg. And in the greatest novel to emerge from World War II, Manhasset initially appears on the very first page of The Caine Mutiny as the hometown of the book’s central protagonist, Willy Keith, whose residence in 1942 is described thusly:
Qualified registered voters can obtain applications for absentee ballots for the Dec. 15 vote on the proposition to Purchase Buses and Equipment and Make Certain Capital Improvements to the Bus Garage, from the District Clerk, Manhasset Public Schools, 200 Memorial Place, Manhasset, NY 11030, 516-267-7724. Applications for absentee ballots must be received at least seven (7) days before the vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the vote, if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter.
The last day for the district clerk to receive the application for Absentee Ballot (if mailed) is Dec. 8 and the last day for district clerk to receive application for absentee ballot (if in person) is Dec. 14. Ballots must be received by the district clerk by 5 p.m. on Dec. 15.
Absentee ballot applications are also available on the district’s website, www.manhasset.k12.ny.us. Completed absentee ballots must be received by the district clerk no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15.
You are a registered voter, eligible to vote on Dec. 15 if:
• You have previously registered and voted in a school district vote and/or a public library vote within the last four calendar years, or
• You have registered to vote with the County Board of Elections and have voted at least once in any local, state or national election within the last four calendar years, or
• You have registered with the District’s Board of Registration prior to the vote.
Voter registration takes place on school days, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Office of the District Clerk, Central Office, Manhasset Secondary School, 200 Memorial Place. If you are not registered to vote you may do so by Wednesday, Dec. 9 in order to be eligible to vote. If you are unsure of your voter registration status, please call the district clerk, at 267-7724.
Under an overcast sky and a cool, blustery breeze, members of the Manhasset Post 304, American Legion marched down Plandome Road from the Post Hall to the Gold Star Monument at the Mary Jane Davies Green. The parade was led by piper Michael Conolly, of the Inisfada Gaelic Bands, playing a medley of patriotic songs. The parade was accompanied by the Nassau County 6th Precinct Police Department Officers.
At 11 a. m., on Nov. 11, at the Mary Jane Davies Green, veterans, their families and guests stood quietly as the Veterans’ Day Memorial Service began. James R. Russell, chaplain of the American Legion Manhasset Post, struck the bell 11 times in memory of the moment 92 years ago when the guns were silenced and the “Great War” to end all wars ended. Chaplain Russell then read the “Eleventh Hour Ritual.” Manhasset Post Commander James T. Brooks brought everyone to attention with those covered rendering a hand salute. Trumpeters Thomas Lavin and William Kim, both from Manhasset High School, sounded taps. At the conclusion of taps, piper Michael Conolly played the hymn Amazing Grace while Post Commander Brooks, with the assistance of the Sergeant-at Arms Thomas J. Buzzitta, placed a memorial wreath at the Gold Star Monument in remembrance of all those veterans who made the supreme sacrifice.
In 1972, playwright Jason Miller surely captured a universal moment in his classic production, That Championship Season, when he memorably portrayed the reunion of a high school basketball team decades after winning the state tournament. Miller describes the coach’s delight in seeing his players and then their reaction:
Alan Cohen, husband, father, and graduate of Roslyn High School, has an aggressive form of leukemia, and is in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant.
The best chance for a match will be in Jews of Ashkenazic descent. Alan is one out of thousands of patients in need of a bone marrow transplant and you could be their only hope.
The anti-incumbent wave that swept the Republican Party back into control of the Nassau County legislature didn’t make its way to the Town of North Hempstead this past Nov. 3.
All local incumbents faced only modest difficulties in winning re-election to their various offices.
Manhasset-area residents have grown increasingly aware of the Lead the Way Fund – a fundraising effort meant to provide many forms of aid to wounded U.S. Army Rangers and their families. Lead the Way (www.leadthewayfund.org) works to fill the gap where federal government aid to soldiers ends and where humanitarian needs begin.
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