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New Officers, Raffles, 400 Hits on the Chamber Website

The new slate of officers for 2010-2011 were announced at the December meeting of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce. President, Harvey Passes; C.J. Coleman, 1st VP; Katie Miller, 2nd VP; Peter Sanoulis, secretary; and Vincent Stempien, treasurer. New board members announced were Susna Soarez, Harun Hassouni and Norman Nemec.

The chamber website, it was reported, has already had 400 hits, as residents cast their votes for the overall holiday poster entry. Go to and cast yours for one of the three entries.

Jim Dillon and Mark Ward, from the Manhasset Lakeville Fire Department, discussed their upcoming 100th anniversary in 2012.

Lights along Plandome Road help create holiday spirit and the chamber is delighted each time another store “lights up.”

Wreaths with bows were installed along Plandome Road, and parts of Northern Blvd., over Thanksgiving weekend. The Chamber has traditionally underwritten the cost of wreaths and would be grateful for contributions towards their annual effort—any amount, from $10 up, would be appreciated.

Diane Harragan informed the membership that the chamber has been supplying wreaths along Plandome Road for 20 years—the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department assists by hanging and subsequently removing them. Over the years, Harrigan said, people have asked if other decorations could be hung instead; however, the light poles are not electrified making it impossible to have lit snowflakes, or something similarly festive, along the town’s main thoroughfare. Thus, the Chamber has stayed with the wreaths, which, members commented, look beautiful during the day.

Send your contribution for the wreaths, payable to the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, to Vincent Stempion, Treasurer, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 754, Manhasset, NY 11030. To pay by credit card email: info@manhasset

Frances Bourguet toted six books, Manhasset The First 300 Years, to the meeting, having decided it was time to “pass the book” to someone else. Bourguet, a Manhasset resident since 1947, raised eight children, and recounted how, in 1980, on the 300th anniversary of the town, a committee was formed to record for posterity a compendium of all things Manhasset. Bourguet teased the membership, asking if they knew why streets in Munsey Park were named after artists. And acknowledging that Strathmore Vanderbilt Country Club is grand, did they know who was the previous owner? Orchard Street, Bourguet announced, was so named because Mr. Applebee owned an orchard at the end of the street.

Since the articles contributed were exceptional, well researched, and, she said, well written, it was decided to publish a book. The Chamber in 1980 said they had funds available and would publish it. Bourguet has been keeping the library stocked, 6-8 books at a time, for sale to residents at $20 apiece and was handing over both the remaining books and money she’d collected.

For the December holiday meeting members were asked, as their admission to the party, to bring a generous amount of food for the INN and/or Island Harvest causing over 250 pounds of food to be collected. Members were also requested to bring raffle prizes from their place of business. Also new this season, food and catering businesses generously contributed to the chambers’ holiday party:

Manhasset Bagel, 510 Plandome Road

Pearl East, 1191 Northern Blvd.,

Villa Milano, 168 Plandome Road

Orlando’s. 369 Plandome Road

TGI Friday’s, 1445 Northern Blvd.,

Gino’s. 480 Plandome Road

Culinary Architect, 28 Chestnut St., Greenvale