On Friday night, during the storm, my car was stuck on a hill on Dogwood and Manhasset Woods Road. It was snowing, getting progressively worse and I was about to create a major traffic problem. Four or five high school students appeared and proceeded to shovel the snow and push my car over a hill. It took all of them at least 20 minutes of hard work to get me free and on my way. I told them I would walk back and pay them for their efforts. When I got back they were gone.
It is a testament to these fine young men that they acted, not for financial gain, but out of a sense of kindness. It is because of these small acts that I enjoy living in Manhasset. The parents and teachers of these gentlemen have done a magnificent job in raising them. I am truly appreciative and I will not forget their efforts.
What a spectacular turnout Sunday at Manhasset Valley Park for the Annual Old Timers Day. What a joyous, amazing gathering. What a slice of history it is.
Picture 50 inhabitants of Spinney Hill, and African-Americans in surrounding communities, deciding to have a picnic in 1969. Linked closely together as they were—a much smaller community surrounded by a more privileged, larger one—their picnic was both the celebration of family and acknowledgment of the strong bond that existed within their extended community.
On June 4 the Manhasset/Great Neck EOC received a letter from County Executive Edward Mangano informing us that, as the result of “certain actions” taken by the Democratic Legislators, our youth program contract with the county might be terminated. On June 6 we received a letter from Margaret Malito, executive director of the County’s Office of Youth Services, informing us that “Nassau County hereby elects to exercise its right… to terminate said contract effective July 6, 2012.” On June 12 we received a letter from the Minority Caucus of the County Legislature (the Democratic members) detailing, from their perspective, everything the Republicans have done that have brought us, once again, to the point of losing our county contract to provide services to at-risk youth in Manhasset and Great Neck.
On May 29, we, the residents of Manhasset whose properties abut the old Village Bath Club site were indeed stunned by the Town of North Hempstead’s decision to convert this greenspace, which reaches so deeply into our neighborhood and into our very lives, into a parking lot for the Apple store.
The overwhelming majority of a standing-room only group of residents spoke passionately and convincingly against this project, and asked the town board to vote “no.” Amazingly, the board voted 5 to 1 against us (one member was absent and one voted with us). Five votes were all it took to destroy a neighborhood.
What a grand holiday July 4th is, so patriotic, so casual and so programmed; barbecues are obligatory so there’s very little discussion or confusion as to how to celebrate.
Manhasset has never looked better, lawns are green and provide a lush background for the dazzling impact of banks of flowers blooming everywhere.
(Editors Note: This letter was sent to the Town of North Hempstead and to the Manhasset Press for publication.)
Although the town made more parking spaces on Orchard Street last month, they should not have allowed cars to park in front of the curbside drop-off mail collection boxes (the sign allowing parking is right next to the collection box). If a car is parked there, one must double park his car, get out, then squeeze between the car and the mail slot to deposit his mail. Also, it makes it very difficult for the post office employee to open the box and take out the mail. As a safety measure, I suggest that the sign be moved at least one car length to the right of the box on the next signpost, so that the area will be operational again.
I would bet that the Postal Service would agree that the sign should be moved forward to the right.
John W. Walter
Flower Hill Association
Statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer
As school districts around the state hold their graduation ceremonies, state lawmakers have also adjourned for the summer having completed a productive legislative session.
First, lawmakers delivered on mandate relief. They enacted Tier VI pension reform to make employee retirement systems more affordable, and allowed schools to use national purchasing cooperatives and “piggyback” onto large municipal contracts, paving the way for millions in cost savings.
(Editors Note: This letter was sent to members of the Town of North Hempstead Board and to the Manhasset Press for publication.)
The Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations’ position as given in testimony to the Temporary Committee on Redistricting is reiterated herein and presented to the town, requesting the town board’s modification of the temporary committee’s recommendation as it relates to the Manhasset communities of interest. The town can and should implement a better redistricting plan for the next decade than the option recommended by the temporary committee.
Richard Bentley, president
Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations
As a resident of the Town of North Hempstead, I am in support of the proposed Levitt Pool, proposed to be constructed on the site of the abandoned and decaying Roslyn Country Club. The availability of a new pool and tennis facility available to all town residents can only be an asset to all town residents; regardless whether the individual resident chooses to join now or in the future.
The town’s membership cost projections have already decreased as further analysis and studies have gone forth and are now lower than comparable clubs in the area. The town has gone on record there will be no cost impact to resident that choose not to become members.
Due to a remarkable perfect storm of legal, financial and interest rate developments, this project can be completed at a fraction of its unencumbered value and financed at what are likely record-low interest rates that will not recur in our lifetimes. Home values in Roslyn Country Club and surrounding areas should increase immediately while other areas of the Town of North Hempstead should be positively affected, too. Detractors of the plan, many of whom seem to be political opponents of the administration, have relied on numerous distortions to weave cynical objections to the project.
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