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Horse Statue Unveiling

The preservation spirit remains alive and well in Roslyn.


As noted in last week’s issue of The Roslyn News, the base of the Mackay Horse Statue in Gerry Park is complete. And now, Saturday, Oct. 19 has been set as the big day for the unveiling of the Mackay Horse Statue.


The event, to take place at Gerry Park, will begin on that date at 12:30 p.m. with the unveiling scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. The rain date is Saturday, Oct. 26, also at 12:30 p.m.


The Roslyn Landmark Society and the Town of North Hempstead will co-host the event. Franklin Hill Perrell, Roslyn Landmark Society’s executive director will serve as Master-of-Ceremonies.


In addition, the day will feature appearances by both Nassau County and Town of North Hempstead officials. As a bonus, members of the Mackay family, those descendants of Clarence and Katherine Mackay, will also be on hand. This is significant since the statue originally stood on the grounds of the world-famous Harbor Hill, the Roslyn area mansion that was once home to Clarence and Katherine Mackay.


The unveiling marks the culmination of years of effort by the Roslyn Landmark Society and its supporters. As the base was being completed, Perrell thanked numerous organizations, including the Gerry Charitable Trust, Hugh and Maggie

Tanchuck and their artisans at North Shore Architectural Stone, the engineer Charlie Vachris, plus County Legislator Wayne Wink, the Town of North Hempstead Town Clerk Leslie Gross, Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Councilwoman Anna

Kaplan for their support and also for securing funding for the operation.


A significant step in the restoration fundraising took place in June 2011, when the Landmark Society held a Belmont Stakes Race Day Party at Haute DURVO, located at The Waterfront at Roslyn on Lumber Road. That event helped the

Landmark Society reach up to $100,000 in funds, making restoration a real possibility. 


The Gerry Park horse tamer statue is one of the two that once stood on the 650-acre Harbor Hill mansion. The one being unveiled this month stood for years at the private East Hills residence of Bruce and Melissa Shulman. When the

Shulmans, in 2010, sold their property, they generously donated the statue to the Town of North Hempstead with instructions that the Landmark Society supervise its renovation. Which, in fact, has happened. The other statue had a more visible lifespan. Since the late 1940s, when Harbor Hill was demolished for residential construction, that horse tamer stood at the entrance of Roslyn High School. However, time took its toll on the statue and it fell into disrepair. Fortunately, a dedicated group of Roslyn High School alumni, the Friends of the Horse Tamer, has taken upon themselves to perform a similar renovation process and place that statue back to its former home.


Following an early 1900s vacation to France, Clarence Mackay got the idea to have such horse tamers grace the grounds at Harbor Hill. The horse tamer statues on the Champs Elysees in Paris made such an impression that the family commissioned the French sculptor, Franz Plumelet to carve the two horses, which were made from Tennessee pink marble. 


Landmark Society officials said that the Gerry Park horse tamer, when unveiled, will weigh five tons, and when placed on its pedestal, will stand over 20 feet tall, available to both park-goers and motorists alike as a symbol from Roslyn’s aristocratic past.


Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


SUNY College at Old Westbury recently named Dr. Anthony DeLuca of Levittown as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  

DeLuca, now entering his third year at Old Westbury, also holds the position as director Old Westbury’s Honors College.


“We are thrilled that Dr. DeLuca will serve as Old Westbury’s Faculty Athletics Representative,” said director of athletics Lenore Walsh.  “He is a champion for intercollegiate athletics and has been involved with our program since his arrival at Old Westbury.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Dr. DeLuca in support of our students’ academic and athletic pursuits at Old Westbury.”

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


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