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2010: Year in Review

January

North Hempstead Supervisor, Jon Kaiman took the oath of office commencing his fourth term. The New Year’s Day inauguration ceremony also included the swearing in of Town Clerk Leslie Gross for her second term, and town board members Angelo Ferrara, the sole Republican on North Hempstead’s Town Board who was sworn into his fourth term as councilman, Viviana Russell, newly-elected councilwoman and Lee Seeman, who was reelected. Kaimen cited CNN Money Magazine’s ranking of North Hempstead as one of the Best Places to Live in America and the second Best Place for a Healthy Retirement. Referring to Tip O’Neal’s phrase that “all politics is local,” the supervisor stated that he believes all government is local, too.

Charles Berman was appointed by the Town Board to replace Rocco Iannarelli, Receiver of Taxes, who stepped down last month after six years to accept a position with the New York Power Authority (NYPA). Later in the month it was announced all phone calls placed to the town’s tax office will be redirected to North Hempstead’s 311 Call-Center.

Edward P. Mangano was sworn in as Nassau County Executive on New Year’s Day. This past November, in an environment of persisting economic turmoil, voters voiced their frustration over taxes and job worries across the entire United States, resulting in many surprising political upsets. Amidst this wave of regime change, Mangano narrowly ousted two-term executive Thomas R. Suozzi. Mangano ran on simple promises like the repeal of a home energy tax that was recently instituted by Suozzi. Mangano announced that he would also attack the issue of a “broken” assessment system that determines the tax value of properties. Mangano said the system’s “defects” are resulting in millions of dollars in errors, explaining, “It is because of this system that Nassau taxpayers are indebted for over $1.2 billion for past errors,” and another $100 million in 2010, “for prior years errors.”

The ticket that County Executive Edward P. Mangano rode to victory was the same one that Republican candidates used in Nassau County to regain a majority in the legislature this November – lower spending, fees and taxes.

As the jobless recovery neglects to put food on the tables of the longtime unemployed, more Long Island families are facing the harsh reality of hunger. Recognizing this hidden crisis, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Shelter Rock (UUCSR) is giving $600,000 in grants to four not-for-profit organizations working to feed the hungry and the poor on Long Island. The Interfaith Nutrition Network (The INN) will receive $225,000; Island Harvest, $150,000; Long Island Cares—The Harry Chapin Food Bank, $125,000; and the Long Island Council of Churches, $100,000. Food pantries, soup kitchens and other feeding programs across the island report increases of up to 35 percent in the number of people seeking help this year.

St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center will be conducting free cardiac screenings of high school student athletes. The MHS girls varsity soccer team finished the season in first place with an impressive overall record of 8-1-4 and a conference record of 7-1-4, earning them the Nassau County Conference 5 Championship Title. In her three years at the helm, Coach McGrory and her team have won back-to-back conference championships and a spot in the playoffs all three years.

Property taxes are viewed as the most serious issue affecting Nassau County residents. Mangano feels that a more accurate assessment system will lead to a decrease in assessment errors and thus a decrease in the amount of money the county pays out for property tax repayments or certioraris. Tax errors currently account for nearly 50 percent of Nassau taxpayer’s debt. The county has $1.13 billion of its $2.45 billion of outstanding debt tied to tax certioraris. Debt service tied to tax certioraris accounts for $146.08 million of the county’s $308.92 million in debt service on the county’s total outstanding debt in the county’s yearly budget. The problem has gotten worse each year. In 2006, the county bonded or borrowed $1.1 million to pay for tax certiorari settlements whereas in 2009, the county borrowed $67.3 million.

With one of his first executive orders, Mangano formed the Assessment Review Team (ART), comprised of residential and commercial property owners and headed by Patrick Foye of Port Washington, an attorney at the law firm of Rifkin Radler where Mangano used to work, to analyze the system and issue a report by July. Foye, is serving as executive director of ART on a volunteer basis.

MHS senior Bernard Liu is named INTEL semifinalist. Nassau County plans on sending aid to Haiti, which was devastated by an earthquake. Working with the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management and several community groups, the county is prepared to send 10,000 ready-to-eat meals and 20,000 bottles of water to Haiti. Manhasset High School is one in a series of designated e-waste disposal sites, as part of North Hempstead’s School Recycling Partnership Program.

It was reported that on Nov. 9, 2009 contractors brought heavy machinery onto the Manhasset High School Varsity softball field to begin its transformation into a new “heavy metal free” synthetic infield, expected to allow for increased usage of the field by both the girls’ softball and boys’ baseball programs. Completion of the field was scheduled for mid-December. The Chinese American Association of North Hempstead (CAANH) and Manhasset SEPTA’s Gifted & Talented division announced a new community program, Chinese Conversation and Culture. Dr. David Dorman was recognized at a Distinguished Teacher at a school board meeting. Dorman has taught at Manhasset since 1964.

Jan. 13 the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce held its annual Induction Luncheon at La Coquille restaurant in the Munsey Park Shopping Center. Almost 80 members were present to welcome incoming President Harvey Passes, DDS, and to honor Nancy Morris, State Farm Insurance, for her two years at the helm of the chamber. Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos named his team and has retained Aline Khatchadorian, of Manhasset, who worked with the past administration; she is deputy comptroller of audits. Democrats blasted the pay stipend increase approved by Republican leaders for Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt, Deputy Presiding Officer John Ciotti and Minority Leader Diane Yaturo. Then Democrats were reminded they voted to increase former County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi’s salary by 60 percent.

The pay raise is in fact a stipend increase. Base pay for all legislators is $39,500, a salary set by the County Charter that must be amended for all legislators to get raises. The Presiding Officer’s current stipend is $28,000. The legislation increases that to $60,000, making the total salary $99,500 (the stipend added to the $39,500 base salary). As well, the Deputy Presiding Officer’s salary increased from $62,500 to $84,000, by the stipend being increased to $45,000. And, with the stipend for the Minority Leader increased to $51,000, it makes that total salary go from $63,500 to $90,500. However, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos has put a freeze on these pay raises until the county attorney is able to review them.

School districts try to lobby Albany to ease local school taxes. For the first time in the district’s history, Manhasset High School will have a girls’ indoor track relay team compete in the prestigious Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden.

February

Residents of Strathmore Village are concerned with the spate of robberies, and attempted robberies, in their area. Officer Robert Browne, 6th Precinct Police, said the problem with burglaries is countywide, not just Manhasset, that the 6th and 2nd precincts are experiencing problems. NBC’s LX New York featured Manhasset on a broadcast. LX New York is a live, weekday, lifestyle show produced by LX.TV and hosted by Sara Gore, Siafa Lewis and Michael Flocker. After facing a hail of criticism and a possible legal action, Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt decided to ask that the pay raises for the Nassau County Legislature’s three top legislative leaders be rescinded. Schmitt had originally proposed the raises.

Supervisor Jon Kaiman launched his “State of the Town” speech citing Barack Obama’s election as president by a nation yearning for leadership, bold decisions, change. The country faced the greatest financial collapse since the Great Depression, he said. The economy appears to be coming back, Kaiman noted, but the electorate is angry.

The Town of North Hempstead, almost a quarter million strong, is at a crossroads wondering what the future holds for us, he said. Kaiman said he wanted to speak about 311, TownStat, Project Independence, the Office of Inter-municipal Coordination and the School Recycling Partnership. Mentioning the arts community, he advised exciting things lay ahead, including a film festival. He announced Plandome Road in Manhasset will soon see half a million dollars in Safe Routes to School monies making the road safer, better and prettier. He continued saying that Mill Pond, Roslyn Pond, Hempstead Harbor, Manhasset Bay, and Manhasset Valley Park will all see improvements in the coming months. “Our Housing Authority is making great strides in redeveloping its properties on behalf of its residents,” he explained. North Hempstead TV is becoming a resource for local television about local people and local government. He also noted flow control is here and garbage costs are going down.

For the Feb. 2 Chamber of Commerce meeting Legislator Judi Bosworth arranged for Helen McQueen, Assessment Review Commission (ARC), to make a presentation then answer questions. ARC is an independent agency responsible for annually reviewing all applications for correction of assessment filed in Nassau County. The mission of ARC is to review the assessment if the evaluation is excessive. Over the past seven years, ARC has corrected assessments on over 200,000 residential properties, and over 22,500 commercial properties. If McQueen, supervisor in the customer service area of the Assessment Review Commission, had only one piece of advice it would be that the homeowner should file his own grievance. It is a simple process, she said. The public is under the impression, McQueen said, that the attorney pleads their case but the attorney fills out the exact same paperwork as the homeowner and the homeowner knows their property better. The attorney usually gets his information from county records. The commission receives about 100,000 to 125,000 applications per year so there is no ability to have a conference with each individual. There is no charge to file a grievance. The commission has limited jurisdiction and can only leave the assessment as it is, or lower it. They do not raise it.

Village of North Hills Mayor Marvin Natiss, who also serves as 1st vice president of the Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA), discussed the importance of the upcoming Census 2010. The NCVOA represents 64 incorporated villages with more than 430,000 residents. The census, taken every 10 years, is a count of everyone residing in the United States. Obtaining an accurate count is important because the census determines the distribution of more than $300 billion annually of government funding for community services as well as each state’s representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

As the magnitude of the devastation caused by the earthquake that recently rocked Haiti unfolds, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman joined with other local groups to pledge contributions of clothes, food and a monetary donation to the stricken Caribbean island.

Nassau County declares war on heroin. In 2008 there were 211 heroin related arrests in the county. The number jumped to 386 in 2009.

Manhasset’s Boys Varsity Indoor Track Team outran nine other Conference rivals to win the Conference V Indoor Championship and finish the league season undefeated at 9 wins 0 losses. This was the 16th conference championship won by the boys’ team since the sport started in 1978.

Over 200 guests, performers, and volunteer workers gathered for the community’s fourth annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Gospel Brunch at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock.

March

Last year, in partnership with the school district, the town received a grant under the Safe Routes to School program throughout the Town of North Hempstead, to make Plandome Road safer. The grant is for about $400,000, with an additional $100,000 secured by Senator Craig Johnston. A steering committee has been working with the town and school district to develop a plan. AKRF, project engineers hired by the town about a year ago, made the presentation. The entire Plandome Road corridor is on the plan, from Northern Boulevard to Webster Avenue, but, importantly, the grant received covers only the portion of Plandome Road from Memorial Place to Park Avenue. The entire Plandome Road corridor was examined in order to develop a master plan for when monies become available.

The school board announced a lawsuit seeking $18 million in damages arising from a 1989 incident has been dismissed. The settlement is fully covered by the district’s insurance policy. Therefore the district’s Insurance Reserve Fund, created as a hedge against a larger settlement possibly exceeding the 11 million dollar insurance limit in effect at the time of the incident, will not be needed.

The Manhasset Board of Education and the Manhasset Education Support Personnel Association (MESPA) have reached a global settlement of all issues relating to the July 23, 2009 Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) Order. The total cost of this settlement will not exceed $7.925 million.

Manhasset residents are invited to register for one of two positions on the Manhasset Public Library Board of Trustees. Manhasset High School boys and girls indoor track teams had three athletes competing in the New York State Indoor Track championships at Cornell University: Jasmine Blocker – 300 meters, Kyle Howell – triple jump and Emily Easton – 55 meters.

DOT sets end of 2010 as completion date for protracted renovation of the Roslyn Viaduct. The project began in 2005 with a 30-month renovation timetable. That time frame was not even close to being met, even though for the past year, the new north half of the Viaduct is open to traffic. With that completed, Tully Construction Co. Inc., the contractor employed by the New York Department of Transportation (DOT) has begun the reconstruction of the south half of the bridge. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the DOT has confirmed that the project is “76 percent” complete and that the completion date remains the end of 2010, even though no exact month was given. The estimated cost of the project, one that is being funded by federal and NYS governments, is $131,600,000.

Two seats are open for school board trustee for positions currently held by Aline Khatchadourian and Lawrence Belinsky who have chosen not to run.

County Executive Edward P. Mangano delivered his first State of the County address this week after 75 days in office. The two major challenges Mangano described were controlling taxes and spending and fixing the assessment process. The bottom line, Mangano told the crowd, was a $48.5 million 2010 deficit for Nassau. “Past assessment errors account for nearly one-half of Nassau’s debt - over $1 billion. “

Mangano reported that annually, the tax assessment system costs taxpayers $250 million a year. Of that, approximately $150 million is debt service, or as he explained it, “the mortgage payments on the billion-dollar debt.” Compiled with a $100 million annual loss he estimates is due to errors, this creates a $250 million cost to the county. He touted his Assessment Reform Team, which is working to construct and execute a plan that will reform the error-ridden system.

Saying the Senate Democrats have put an additional burden on New York State residents during the country’s worst recession in the last 80 years by overspending and overtaxing, Republican Jack M. Martins announced he will be running for New York State’s 7th Senate District. Martins, who has been the mayor of the Village of Mineola for the past seven years, will be challenging incumbent Democratic Senator Craig Johnson of Port Washington. Johnson has been representing the 7th Senate District since 2007 when he won a special election over Republican Maureen O’Connell, who now serves as the Nassau County Clerk. Prior to that, the seat belonged to longtime Republican Senator Michael Balboni, who left the post in order to take a job as the deputy secretary for public safety for New York State. Martins was critical of Johnson for supporting a bailout of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) that included a payroll tax imposed on all businesses in the metropolitan area. The tax called for 0.34 percent of all payrolls of businesses and municipalities to be sent to support the MTA. School districts have also had to pay the tax, but are supposed to be reimbursed. Ann Marie Curd-Fruhauf was honored by Senator Craig M. Johnson during his Third Annual Women of Distinction ceremony. The dispensation of free H1N1 vaccinations was held at the Herricks Community Center in New Hyde Park. The Health Department is expecting a third wave of H1N1.

 After 65 years, two Long Island trailblazers, 87-year-old Eleanor Faust from Orient and 86-year-old Margaret Gilman from North Hills, finally received national recognition for their service as the first women pilots to fly U.S. military aircraft during World War II. Between 1943 and 1944, over 1,000 women pilots trained and flew 60 million miles in military aircraft during World War II. Unlike their male counterparts, WASP did not receive military status and were not entitled to any veterans benefits until 1977. The 38 women pilots who had lost their lives during service did not have military honors at their funerals. The U.S. government did not cover the cost for the remains to be shipped home to their families.

Peter Forman, chairman, Port Washington-Manhasset Office of Emergency Management (PWMOEM), launches North Shore Alert, a mass notification system, different from other notification systems in that it shifts responsibility for maintaining contact information to residents who know that data best. The platform used by PWMOEM’s NorthShoreAlert is Blackboard Connect, capable of sending thousands of messages in minutes. Commissioner Forman noted the alert system covers an area encompassing approximately 38,000 residents. Prior to North Shore Alert, most of the participating organizations had the capability to contact only their own residents. The town’s 311 system logs incoming calls and is capable of making reverse calls,

Increased burglaries in Strathmore Vanderbilt warranted a special meeting held at Town Hall when Civic Association President Pat Samella welcomed 6th Precinct Commanding Officer Steve Williams; Robert Browne, Problem Oriented Police (POP); and Officer Peter Chuchul.

Residents plunge into the frigid waters of North Hempstead Beach Park in support of the Special Olympics during the annual Polar Plunge. In spite of a fierce Nor’easter the event raised about $75,000.

April

In years past “apathetic” would aptly describe the community’s involvement in their library trustee elections. But residents are not solely to blame—the elections were always uncontested. This year is different as four candidates are running to fill the five-year-term position on the Manhasset Public Library Board of Trustees. The Manhasset Post 304, American Legion, held its annual Community Service Awards Ceremony recognizing those individuals who have rendered commendable service to the Manhasset community. Firefighter Donald K. Richardson was recognized for his many years of dedicated service to the Plandome Volunteer Fire Department. Recently, he accepted the post of Emergency Manager of Plandome, and is participating as a member of the Port Washington/Manhasset and Nassau County Offices of Emergency Management. In these current positions, Don is working closely with the Plandome Fire Department to develop plans for responses to emergencies from both natural and possible terrorist threats. And longtime Manhasset resident Joan S. Walter was honored for serving the Manhasset community in an exemplary manner for many years in a variety of roles.

In 2009, Manhasset middle and high school students reported, in the Bach Harrison Prevention Needs Assessment Survey, their participation in numerous risk behaviors including drugs, alcohol, and gambling. Students indicated underage drinking at a rate higher than the national norm.

The New York Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act, commonly known as the Consolidation/ Dissolution Law, was signed into law last year and took effect March 21. “The consolidation/ dissolution legislation was flawed,” said Senator Johnson, who was the only member of the Senate Majority to vote against the bill. “What Assemblywoman Schimel and I are proposing are steps to fix these flaws. The amendments include fixing a flaw in the law to ensure that no government entity is dissolved unless it is approved by the residents of that entity. Before the new year began, the Manhasset Post Office received an email from Washington DC to remove the photos on the walls of the post office, and the branch was compelled to comply. A complaint was made to a congressman about some of the photos displayed, who then forwarded the complaint to Washington. “Even if it is locally OK, we have to comply. We’re government,” explained a post office spokesman.

The Village of Plandome Heights discussed the Preserve the Bay Project funded by a $200,000 grant from New York State through the efforts of Senator Craig Johnson and Mayor Diana Merenda. The $200, 000 will be used to improve the water collection and runoff systems that are located under Bay Driveway. Tori Branch is the second annual Hoops on the Hill Bright Light Award winner at the awards ceremony held at the Manhasset/Great Neck EOC Hagedorn Community Center.

After 10 months of hard work, fund-raisers, email blasts, phone calls, and the help of the community, family and friends of Rocky Pacent, Rocky’s Field, located at Manhasset High School, is undergoing its finishing touches for the official ribbon cutting ceremony April 25.

School Superintendent Charlie Cardillo submitted the preliminary proposed budget of $83,512,677 saying it is 2.98 percent higher than the 2009-10 budget and will require an estimated 1.23 percent increase in the tax levy. Fifty-nine percent of the increase is mandated district contributions to the state pension system and workers compensation expense. Proposition 2, on the school ballot this year, requests the establishment of a capital reserve fund up to $10 million. A liability case stemming from 1989 was recently settled leaving $2.1 million unused. By law that excess can be transferred to another reserve fund and that would become seed money for the Capital Reserve Fund on the ballot May 18. Four candidates have declared for the May 18 school board trustee election: Craig Anderson, Karen Haunss-Sapinski, M.D., Greg Johnston and Regina Rule.

The Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA) elected Marvin Natiss, mayor of the Village of North Hills, president for 2010-2011. The NCVOA represents 64 incorporated villages with more than 430,000 residents. As president, Mayor Natiss will be responsible for establishing NCVOA policies, directing the organization’s operations, and advocating on behalf of village residents throughout Nassau County.

Vacant stores on the country’s main streets are an eyesore and a heartache, employees have been laid off, sales are down as families make do, and for America’s economy to turn around, Main Streets-including Manhasset’s-must thrive once again, said Hank Boerner addressing small business owners on how to revitalize their Main Street at the Chamber of Commerce meeting. New York State is indebted $160 million, twice that if you count the authorities, he said. By law states must balance their budgets and as a result New York is the highest taxed state.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Boerner said, represents big business, a group that in general does not like climate change or health care reform. There is a small business lobby, National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). Still, it was stated, large corporations control the government, that there are four lobbyists for every senator.

Gov. Paterson wants to sell wine in supermarkets. Both the State Senate and Assembly have removed it from their budgets, but the governor kept it, claiming it will be a moneymaker. The crowd at Young’s Fine Wines and Spirits on Plandome Road disagreed. Small business generates well over 90 percent of jobs and the governor’s proposal, they believe, will put many local liquor stores out of business.

CASA sponsors a meeting on underage drinking. A sobering fact: drinking before 14 increases chances fivefold of becoming an alcoholic. At this meeting, “Teens Don’t Just Drink...They Drink to Excess,” Manhasset Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA) cited often, for the sake of comparison, the nation’s changed outlook on smoking. Now that smoking is a documented health risk individuals, of their own accord, have quit. It was said it is now known that between ages 12 and 23 the brain develops tremendously.

Before the advent of the Internet, bullying was manageable and could be dealt with immediately. Now, bullying is broadcast on a much larger scale. It has taken the form of sentences and comprised words. It has turned into a blog-post, a video or a Facebook status update. Bullying is in cyberspace where everyone can see and comment on it. It’s not confined to the playground anymore. That’s what alarms individuals involved with stopping “cyberbullying.”

Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department and an additional five fire departments responded with approximately 20 vehicles and 100 firefighters to combat a fire at Daffys, 1900 Northern Boulevard. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire was undetermined but did not appear to be suspicious.

The Court of Champions, a sub-committee of the Indians Rock Foundation, holds several events including a Summer Youth Tennis Camp. It was formed to raise funds for the Tennis Project, to build three additional tennis courts at Manhasset High School.

The April 25 ribbon cutting ceremony for the new girls softball field at Manhasset High School represented a mix of celebration for the official dedication of a new complex, tempered by the memories of the man in whose name the facility was built–Rocky Pacent, a dedicated director of the girls softball program. In less than a year, his family and friends and others raised the necessary funds and worked with the school board and district officials to construct this state-of-the-art facility.

May

The Village of North Hills is studying a proposal to construct a 17,000 sq. ft. Cultural Center. The proposed center would be built on a two-acre site on the Long Island Expressway South Service Road, between New Hyde Park and Shelter Rock Road. The proposal has run into opposition from some village residents, who believe adequate facilities of this type already exist in this area. Mayor Natiss noted in a letter that of the 29 communities in North Hills, only six have a clubhouse and amenities. “The estimated cost of the project is approximately $6 million, which would come from an existing incentive zoning fund which may be used only for community amenities and may not be used for general village purposes.” The letter further states, “This project will not increase your Village tax and will not use taxpayer funds. Our Village currently has the lowest tax rate of any of the 64 villages in Nassau County, and probably in the entire state. The dedicated incentive zoning fund is more than sufficient to cover the entire cost of this project, and future operations.” The Incentive Zoning Fund that the mayor refers to amounts to $37 million.

Are new teachers contracts the wave of the future? Unions may need to accept less as school districts scramble for savings. The Manhasset Indians went up against their oldest rivals, the Garden City Trojans. This is the longest uninterrupted high school lacrosse rivalry in the United States, and Saturday’s game marked the 119th game played. The Manhasset Indians defeated the Garden City Trojans 7-6.

The League of Women Voters provides an invaluable community service running “Meet the Candidates” nights during important local elections as they did for the candidates for library trustee and school board trustee.

The school district’s decision to outsource transportation was settled costing, the district said, about $8 million. Going forward, however, the district has eliminated maintaining a bus fleet and has eliminated 40 or so employee positions, measures that should result in significant future cost savings.

Manhasset CASA announced its “Parents Who Host Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to underage drinking. It’s against the law” campaign is underway.

The town of North Hempstead hosts its first Asian American Festival. This year’s SCA Fair was held under perfect skies. Children and adults alike enjoyed exciting rides, challenging games and delicious food. The proceeds of the SCA Fair are the main source of funding for the Manhasset SCA. The SCA spends its funds directly on students by providing educational, social and cultural experiences not generally found within the standard curriculum, and by providing student assistance and incentives for higher educational needs, and gifts to Manhasset schools including interactive white boards, computers on wheels, maps, a telescope and much more.

Marshalls, one of the nation’s largest off-price retailers, opened a new store in Manhasset on May 13. The 32,115 sq. ft. store is located at Manhasset Center, 1380 Northern Blvd. near King Kullen and Filene’s.

In a rare instance where seeing the words “hair” and “oil” in the same sentence does not elicit a frantic response, beauty destination nuBest salon and spa has announced that it will be donating hair clippings to Matter of Trust, a nonprofit organization that uses the clippings to create mats and booms that soak up the refuse from the recent Gulf Coast oil spill.

Joseph A. Koncick, born in Manhasset in 1917, passed away last November 2009 at the age of 92. His long life was spent in Manhasset with his family and friends, he was an employee with Munsey Park School for 50 years, and served as a volunteer fireman for 70 years. When World II began Joe Koncick enlisted again and served in the Army Air Corps. He flew as the top turret gunner and engineer on B-17s, flying missions in North Africa and Italy. Often, he chalked “To Hitler, From Manhasset” or “From Munsey Park School” on bombs. He was part of the revered group of Americans referred to as the “Greatest Generation.” Throughout his combat service to his country in the far reaches of the world, he wrote to his beloved wife, Agnes, every single day.

The school budget passed, a new Capital Reserve Fund was established (Proposition #2), and Regina Rule and Craig Anderson were elected to the school board. Residents of the Manhasset School District approved the budget by a margin of 240 votes out of a total 3,114 cast.

The Board of Commissioners of the Manhasset Park District acknowledges that Patricia J. Roberts has announced her retirement from the park district effective May 31. Mrs. Roberts has been a Commissioner since 1999 and the Town of North Hempstead recognized her on the Women’s Roll of Honor in 1997. Additionally she has served in numerous capacities during her 50 years in Manhasset. Mrs. Roberts and her husband Cy are settling in The Villages, Florida. The Manhasset Varsity Boys Lacrosse team had an exciting end to their season, finishing with an undefeated record of 15-0.

United States Senator Charles E. Schumer, joined by local residents and officials, announced that first-ever mandatory regulations will be issued that will enforce new regulations against low flying, noisy helicopters requiring them to fly over water at a minimum of 2,500 feet.

Helicopters on Long Island have long disrupted the quality of life of residents.

June

After undertaking a comprehensive polling of its residents, the Village of North Hills has decided to put on hold plans to construct a Culture and Exercise Center.

St. Mary’s High School 2010 Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team won the NSCHSGAA Catholic High School AA Championship for a second year in a row. The Court of Champions 2010 Summer Youth Tennis Camp will be expanded to two sessions this year due to overwhelming popularity and support for last summer’s first annual Youth Tennis Camp. The Memorial Day Parade was led by American Legion Commander James T. Brooks. Memorial Day began early Saturday morning with Legionnaires and Boy Scouts, with their parents, flagging the veteran’s graves at the Pinelawn National Cemetery.

On Feb. 25, the Manhasset Board of Education announced that it had reached a global settlement of all issues with the Manhasset Education Support Personnel Association (MESPA) in relation to MESPA’s lawsuit on the district’s outsourcing of transportation in July 2005. At its June 1 meeting, the board of education approved agreements with the individual members of the district’s former transportation department. Of note there were 37 settlement and general release agreements to buy out comparable work positions, 35 at $110,000 and 2 at $55,000. The 37 positions represent ALL comparable work positions that were the subject of the lawsuit. These agreements include a complete release for the district of all liability with respect to comparable work positions and the issue is closed. Under the district’s agreement with MESPA, back pay and interest was cut off at January 31, 2010. A complete analysis of the settlement payments, including taxes and pension costs, will be circulated once the three outstanding agreements are completed and pension payments are finalized.

The town took to the streets Saturday, June 5, for the second annual Manhasset Street Fair along Plandome Road, The event is organized by the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce and, for the second year, was chaired by chamber member Robin Maynard of Marchese & Maynard, LLP. The Manhasset High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team had an amazing season and emerged Nassau County Champions. The Manhasset Boys Varsity Lacrosse team is Nassau County Class “C” Champion for the second year in a row. St. Mary’s College Preparatory High School’s Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team claimed the Catholic High School Athletic Association’s (CHSAA) Class-A Title. Conference at Adelphi tackles “Totally Wired Teens” with a speaker, Anastasia Goodstein, calling cyber-bullying “the new bathroom wall.” Manhasset Boys Varsity Track wins three division championships. Andrew Choi, Manhasset High School senior, is the latest Manhasset track athlete to win the Newsday – Channel 12 News – Citibank Scholar Athlete of the Year Award.