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Letter: Music A True Healer

Friday, 25 October 2013 00:00

Just a note of thanks to the VFW and the Manhasset School District for continuing the Robert McGuire Music Award. I know this would have made him very happy. Music helped Bob throughout his life. It helped erase the horrors of war that he had experienced as a prisoner of war.  

Congratulations to Alexia Mate.  How proud her family must be to have such a talented artist.

Mary McGuire

 

Letter: Jeopardy Finalist

Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

I would like to congratulate Mr. Dillon, the music teacher from Munsey Park, for making the final level on Jeopardy for the teachers competition week. Also, I want to wish him the best of luck when competing during the week of November 11th. I am sure I speak for so many Manhasset families when I say we are so proud to have you represent our town, schools, and teachers! Best of luck-we hope you win! My family and I can’t wait to watch and cheer you on from our home.

As a former student of Mr. Dillon’s in elementary school, I loved participating in his music class as he shared his love for music with us...a love of music and singing that I now have. He is a great teacher and I am so happy that I was one of his students.

 

Letter: MPSA Bullying

Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

We all receive and delete unsolicited email, most of it innocuous or inane. But every now and then something arrives that grabs our attention. Such was the case last week when an email from the Manhasset MPSA landed in my in-box bearing the subject line, “Is Regina Rule, School Board President, up for the task?” I was taken aback at the negative implication since Regina Rule is an active member of my church and a long-time friend.  n reading the email I was disappointed with the accusatory tone. It saddened me to see the politics of personal attack in my hometown. Almost half of the email criticized Regina instead of addressing the issues. In the future I hope the members of the Manhasset MPSA will forgo personal attacks in favor of constructive dialogue.

Reverend Jimmy Only

 

 

Letter: Open Governmment?

Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

Late in the evening of February 10, 1998, a Manhasset resident approached the Town of North Hempstead board to propose a playground be built for Manhasset’s children in Mary Jane Davis Park. With the overwhelming support of the Manhasset community and after a necessary campaign including bumper stickers, petitions and editorial support from the Manhasset Press, the town board agreed to build the playground.

Unfortunately, getting things accomplished for Manhasset has often been difficult when dealing with Town Hall. Concerned residents are forced to wait until the end of the official town board meeting, sometimes past midnight, to address the board.

 

Letter: Job Performance Appraisals for Government

Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

In 52 years of full-time employment in both the public and private sectors, as a management person, I was regularly subject to job performance appraisals. Evaluations were based on categories ranging from effective leadership, detailed job knowledge, timely achievement of goals, cooperation with and service to all stakeholders (internal and external to the organization) to honesty and integrity, morale building and fostering the team spirit, strength and substance of the organization.

My overall rating, compensation and the prospect of continued employment  depended upon receiving high marks in the above.

 

Letter: Get the Facts on School Taxes

Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

When asked about the increase in school tax rates, Nassau County Acting Assessor James Davis recently stated, “School spending is out of control and that’s why taxes are going up.” Facts do not support that statement. Here in Manhasset, spending, typically referred to as the budget, will decrease by 1% for the 2013-14 school year. This school year’s budget is nearly $1 million lower than last year’s budget. School spending is under control.

 

Letter: BOE Announces Upcoming Events

Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

We hope everyone has settled smoothly back into the school routine.  Exciting things are happening across the District thanks to the strong partnership of Manhasset team of parents, students and staff.  Please note these upcoming events which may be of interest to you; additional events can be found on the District website:

Superintendent’s Listening Tour:  October and November

Building on the spirited dialogue and the record level of engagement across the Manhasset community during the spring budget vote, our Superintendent, Charlie Cardillo, will be meeting with members of the community to discuss our schools: what our community values, the strengths and weaknesses, and thoughts about their future. We encourage you to be an active participant in this process.

 

Letter: Republican Exclusion

Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

The Republican party has a well known problem connecting with minority voters. In light of that, I cannot think of anything more catastrophically stupid than a Republican official disenfranchising them. But that is exactly what the Manhasset Republican Committee, led by Donald O’Brien, has done. Every two years, each Election District (precinct) elects two Committeemen to the county Republican party. This is a formal election carried out by the Board of Elections. The newly elected members in a given area then meet to elect a “Leader.” The Manhasset area includes Spinney Hill, whose largely minority voters duly elected Samantha Jackson and me. However, O’Brien didn’t like the result. So he called an impromptu meeting to reelect himself and excluded us. His rationale was that our election was contested and the result was not “certified.” This is a clever ruse because the Board of Elections does not “certify” individual races, they certify the entire election. This applies specifically to unopposed races as well. O’Brien himself was not “certified.”

 

Letter: Vote For Birnbaum

Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

As a friend and neighbor of Ellen Birnbaum for over twenty years, I have seen her grow and flourish into a wonderful representative of our community who has the best interest of us all at heart. For that reason, I am proud to support her as a candidate for Nassau County Legislature in the 10th District.

Ellen has lived in Nassau County her entire life and in Great Neck for 32 years. She has the pulse of the community at her fingertips and is fully immersed in all of the important issues in our neighborhood. I have always found Ellen to be someone who you can count on to “get the job done.”

 

Letter: Planet Manhasset Gardens Become Reality

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

I felt compelled to write in after reading the article titled, “Women’s Club of Flower Hill Helps Organic Gardens Grow”. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Planet Manhasset Committee under the Manhasset SCA, our schools have three flourishing vegetable gardens. We are so grateful to the Women’s Club of Flower Hill for their generous donation to our efforts. It was my distinct pleasure to host their Annual Luncheon at our home.

When I approached the Planet Manhasset Committee over a year ago with my dream of starting these gardens I learned that the idea had been floating around for a while. Timing is everything and once we presented the idea to the SCA and the school administration we were met with great enthusiasm and support.

 

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