Long Island’s claims to fame – beaches, amphitheater concerts and the Hamptons – are particularly relevant during the summer months, but that didn’t stop several Manhasset students from skipping town … even though they had just returned days or weeks before!
The allures of volunteer missions, internship opportunities and family visits led four college students to escape the local gridlock for international experiences that would forever change their perspectives on life. Although they are now re-acclimated to New York’s fast paced culture, these voyages remain on the forefronts of their minds. This is the first article in a two part series.
Manhasset’s students put their content area knowledge – and test taking skills – up for evaluation in April, and according to Superintendent Charles Cardillo, fared better than their counterparts in nearly every other Long Island school district.
In fact, according to Manhasset’s calculations, its students ranked second, only falling behind their peers in Jericho.
Cardillo is pleased with his students’ comparative successes, but is keenly aware of the statewide plunge in scores.
While visiting a terminally ill patient at St. Francis Hospital in 2011, Munsey Park resident Angela Lostritto, needed to step out of the room, gather her thoughts and get a cup of coffee. She had no idea, when she arrived at the hospital’s coffee shop that the direction of her life was about to change so dramatically.
Lostritto saw what appeared to be a press conference and party going on and she was angry. “I’m really mad at this point,” Lostritto recalled, “because I’m thinking of the serious condition of the patient I just left. I see all this commotion and it looks like they’re having a party.”
Inisfada’s fate is seemingly in the hands of the Manhasset Bay Group, Inc., and the shroud of secrecy surrounding the five-month-old corporation’s intentions is leaving many activists to fear the worst: demolition of the Gold Coast mansion resting on the 33 acres that the New York Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) sold for $36.5 million.
Richard Bentley, president of the Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations, Inc., said the Jesuits absolved themselves of “moral and ethical obligations” to ensure preservation of the 87-room relic that Genevieve Brady donated to them in 1937.
Anthony and Peter Mercaldo have a lot in common. Today, they are both pharmacists sharing the same business role serving the Manhasset community. According to younger brother Peter, both excelled in science and math and life just lead them down the very same path – 588 Plandome Road to be exact – home to local pharmacy favorite: MacLennan.
“Who better to work with than your own family,” said Peter. “I’ve obviously known Anthony my entire life so I know what to expect and he’s a pleasure to work with,” added Peter who smiled when he said he can probably finish his older brother Anthony’s sentences. Anthony owned another pharmacy on the south shore, but once they learned MacLennan Pharmacy was on the market, the brothers seized the opportunity and went into business together in 1994.
The southwest corner of Northern Boulevard and Searingtown Road is home to numerous drivers making their ways to and from the Long Island Expressway, and for much of the summer, a construction site on the property of Americana Manhasset.
Longtime shoppers may remember a staircase at that location. It was removed approximately 10 years ago, when Waldbaums – not Gucci – was visible from the street. Americana officials and designers from the Oehme van Sweden landscape architecture firm are now working to replace the timber and gravel version with a contemporary addition.
Franz Steiner’s eyes light up when he talks about baking. He says he loves the daily creativity of baking special requests for the many events in people’s lives, and he even loves making the daily freshly-baked favorites that people love and keep coming back for—pecan rings, breads, Irish Soda Bread, pastries, pies, cakes and cookies of all kinds. He says “the most popular items are jelly donuts and Melt-a-Way coffee cakes.”
When growing up in Austria, it was expected that as the oldest son in his family he would enter his father’s profession. “We lived above my father’s bakery and I loved spending time downstairs with my father at work,” says Steiner as he fondly recalls those early days helping his father and learning from him.
The Nassau County Department of Public Works is poised to install new diving boards at Christopher Morley Park, but the county is not ready to take the plunge with regard to the multi-tiered diving platform.
Up until this summer, Morley’s diving pool had two operable diving boards, one high and one low. “Right now there is only one [diving board] that is being used,” said a pool official who requested anonymity. “There used to be two [but] they removed the high board. We ordered new ones, they just haven’t been installed yet.”
National Grid has been working on changing the natural gas service pipelines from steel to plastic over the past five and a half years and to date, replaced approximately 30,000 steel lines with more durable plastic material. In Manhasset, 165 residents are left who now face interrupted service. The company is pushing hard to ensure the handful of customers who did not schedule appointments previously schedule an appointment for the free reconditioning.
The remaining group recently received generic letters from National Grid reminding them of the state mandated upgrades, said spokeswoman Wendy Ladd, and returned home to yellow markings on their streets and lawns indicating pipeline locations. Those who did not respond by promptly scheduling appointments received a copy of the letter taped to their door as well as additional reminders in the form of door hangers and employees coming to their door.
Though the start of school sports season is just a few weeks away, the main stadium field is under construction. The turf field has been removed as well as the track surrounding the field. The original track which was installed in 1990 has exceeded its useful life and is the only remaining capital improvement project approved by voters in May 2010 proposition as part of the Capital Reserve Fund.
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