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Robbery In Roosevelt Field Parking Lot

Third Squad detectives are investigating a Robbery that occurred on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 9:15 pm in East Garden City. [Read more…]

Chase Robber Caught

The Major Case Bureau reports the arrest of a California man for grand larceny and possession of a forged instrument which occurred in Roslyn on Wednesday, 05/27/15 at 1:52 P.M. [Read more…]

Boutique Studio Opens On Park Avenue

Ryde@EPhysique, a new boutique fitness studio, recently opened in Manhasset. Co-owners Lisa Motti and Eddy Sanchez were excited to say they sold out their grand opening class. The full schedule of classes and training is already well underway.


Ryde@Ephysique coowners Motti and Sanchez

Their location couldn’t be better. They are on Park Avenue, just steps from the Manhasset LIRR station, and convenient for commuters going to and from work without having to drive to a gym. There is lots of on-street free parking available nearby. The studio is right in town so clients can do other shopping on Plandome Road after working out at Ryde@EPhysique.

Motti is a Manhasset resident of 18 years. Her three children attended Manhasset Public Schools. Motti is the former owner of Hot Ryde in Roslyn. Eddy Sanchez is a Marine and the current owner of EPhysique on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

“Eddie and I came together looking to open here in my hometown. We found a great location that can serve the fitness needs of Manhasset, Port Washington and Roslyn,” said Motti. “We’re bringing the communities together.”Ryde052015A

Ryde@EPhysique is a boutique fitness and private training studio. Their cycle classes are on RealRyder bikes. “The bike makes us different from other studios,” said Motti. “I offer a complimentary private class with me personally on the RealRyder bike for anyone who has never been on one. That way you get to know the bike and see what it can do. The bikes tilt and turn, so they mimic riding a bike outdoors. The bike targets the arms, legs and core.”

There’s a 20 percent higher calorie burn in the cycle class, according to Motti. Cycle classes are 45 minutes and take place in a darkened room for a great experience. There are no bright fluorescent lights in the studio. Sanchez said that the soft lighting gets clients “in the zone.”

Sanchez offers a Marine bootcamp workout several times a week. “It’s a challenging class, but I customize the class depending on who is in it, so it’s more like personal training.”

“We are known for our amazing playlists and instructors,” said Motti. The SkinnyUp classes and RockSolidBody class are taught by Pam Polestino. Our instructors have a great following and are known for their playlists and style. We have our rockstar Jen Ellwood, who is a Port Washington resident. Jen’s Ryde classes are offered six times a week. And we have instructor Kim Epstein, another Port Washington resident. We have other instructors too. We offer private training packages and sculpt classes.”Ryde052015E

There is no membership fee at Ryde@EPhysique. The cost is per class or package.

They offer classes at sunrise and sunset, 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Motti and Sanchez cap classes and don’t overbook. That, they said, allows for small-group fitness that feels personal. Ryde@EPhysique will also offer a Teen Cycle class on Thursdays beginning in June.

“We have ‘train me’ concept classes,” said Motti. “If you want to be trained or you and a friend, we put available times on a schedule and you book that time. Also if you have a group of eight friends and would like a class at a certain time, we will add that class time for you. Our focus is great customer service. My husband came up with the line, ‘why drive to cycle when you can Ryde in your own backyard?’ We’re a boutique fitness studio that focuses on our clients’ needs.”

Motti and Sanchez redesigned the studio space to fit their own needs. There is a training studio upstairs, along with a changing area and lockers. Downstairs is the cycle studio and a personal training studio. The stairs leading there are lit with LED lights, which makes clients feel more like they’re walking into a nightclub than going to a workout.

“The studio is everything I envisioned. I’m passionate about the look of the studio and I designed it from the ceiling to the floor,” said Sanchez.

Ryde@EPhysique is located at 14 Park Ave. in Manhasset. Call 516-708-1916 for more information.


Bullying Awareness Walk

BullyingWalk_052715ANorth Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board are teaming up with local school districts and community activists for the 3rd Annual Bullying Awareness Walk at North Hempstead Beach Park on Saturday, May 30th at 11 a.m. [Read more…]

Concerts At Eisenhower Park

The summer concert lineup at Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park.  Performances will be free of charge, begin at 7:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted), and include genres that range from disco to classical and oldies to musical theatre, providing entertainment to a variety of music lovers.   [Read more…]

Fleet Feet For Don Scott Memorial Run

The fifth annual Don Scott Memorial 5K Run took place on May 17 and more than 300 runners turned out to participate. “This is our biggest run so far,” said Don Scott’s son, named after his father. “We do this run to support colon cancer research and to help support Manhasset High School track and field and cross country.” The run is in memory of Don Scott, who was a teacher and coach at Manhasset High School for more than forty years. He died in 2010 after a battle with colon cancer.

Runners gathered in Mary Jane Davies Park on Plandome Road at about 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. All participants received a T-shirt, water and snacks. Volunteers from the Manhasset track and field and cross country teams helped check in runners. These volunteers included Catherine Matteo, Kayleigh Caggiano and Olivia Plansker. Coincidentally, Matteo, Caggiano and Plansker came in first, second and third, respectively, for females age 13 to 19. Don Scott’s nephews Marc and Steve Salerno also helped check in runners. Scott’s widowed wife, Barbara, and other relatives were also in attendance.

Many students from Manhasset High School track and field and cross country and members of the Manhasset community participated in the race. Dion Mulvihill ran track at Manhasset High School more than 30 years ago. “Don Scott was my coach,” said Mulvihill. “This is my first time running this race but I have run four marathons. It’s a good cause.” There were families in attendance, like the Vissicchio family, who were running this race together for the first time. Many college students who ran track for Manhasset High School returned to participate in the event, like Serena Gibbons, who was home from Boston College.


Senator Jack Martins, Don Scott, Jr. and Steve Salerno

Senator Jack Martins attended the event. “Long after graduating from school, we remember those special teachers who made a difference, who went above and beyond, and inspired us to succeed. During his four decades as an educator, Don Scott was one of those teachers,” said Martins. “Though he sadly is no longer with us, the foundation created in his memory is ensuring that he continues to make a difference in the lives of others. I’m pleased to support the foundation and the great work they are doing in Don Scott’s memory.”DonScott052015A   DonScott052015E

The run began just after 9:30 a.m. Don Scott’s son used a bullhorn to thank all the runners who turned out. The winners included Tom Papain, who was the overall winner with a time of 17:36.6. The first overall female was Bianca Luparello with a time of 22:07.7. First overall male age 13 to 19 was Bradley Spilker with a time of 20:15.7. First overall female age 13 to 19 was Catherine Matteo with a time of 26:19.0. First overall male age nine and under was R.J. Miller with a time of 29:25.7. First overall female age nine and under was Carina Hance with a time of 30:09.6. Hance said, “I won for my age group last year.”


Don Scott’s wife Barbara and Rich Marks

There was a cash prize for top three overall finishers ($100, $50, $25); top three overall finishers (male and female); top three finishers in age categories ranging from 12 and under through 70-plus (male and female). These recipients also received medals.

Funds raised from the run go toward colon cancer awareness, prevention and research. In addition, funds will be used to support Manhasset track and field and cross country teams through a student athlete scholarship.

Don Scott was a legendary track and field coach at Manhasset High School. He was devoted to making a difference in the lives of young students and athletes. The run in his memory is a tribute to the positive way he lived. The runners had beautiful weather to come out and support a good cause and remember a man who made a lasting mark on the Manhasset community.


Lacrosse Player Finds Life Heroes On Field

  Eric Rieseberg recently published a book entitled Heroes Alongside Us: One Man’s Tale of Unlikely Success and The Men Who Made It Possible. “The book is about the men who influenced thousands of yoLaxbook052015Cung men and woman in not only sports but taught them the hard lessons of life,” said Rieseberg. “While the book is a chronicle of my lacrosse years at Manhasset High School and the important values and tools I absorbed from my coaches, it is about much more.” Rieseberg had a difficult childhood and adolescence, which he is very open about in the book. Rieseberg grew up in Manhasset and later lived in Port Washington. According to Rieseberg, playing lacrosse changed his life. In the book, he names five important men in his life that helped shape him into the man he is today.

“The concept of the book,” said Rieseberg, “is that people need a leader and father figure when they are growing up. Sometimes they don’t have that at home. It’s about how to find mentors and heroes.”

Rieseberg also defines what success really means in society. “Success isn’t about making a lot of money. It’s not about being famous, or being a celebrity,” said Rieseberg. “Success is being a hero to someone and making a differencLaxbook052015De in their life.” He delves into how to become a hero to someone in the book.

Rieseberg played Manhasset varsity lacrosse for four years. He played defense and face-off midfield. He went on to play varsity lacrosse at Ithaca College. He went to graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. At Manhasset High School, Rieseberg was coached by legendary coaches Richie Moran and Renzie Lamb.

“There has been such enthusiasm engendered from the publication of this book,” said Rieseberg. “One can speculate that it is due, in part, to the legendary Manhasset lacrosse program and its heralded coaching.”

Rieseberg attended last week’s Manhasset Lacrosse Hall of Fame dinner with Moran, U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame member. Moran was also Cornell University’s championship lacrosse coach. He coached at Cornell for 30 years and they were five-time NCAA Division 1 champs.

Moran wrote the forward to the book. Moran was an All American lacrosse player at the University of Maryland. Many in the national lacrosse family are working to name the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame building in Baltimore after Richie Moran. Rieseberg and his teammates are fundraising for this currently.

Rieseberg’s Manhasset High School lacrosse team was inducted into the Manhasset High School Booster Club Lacrosse Hall of Fame three years ago. They were a national championship team that went 18-0 during Rieseberg’s senior year in 1967.

Another of Rieseberg’s heroes is Renzie Lamb, who lived in Manhasset and coached at Manhasset High School and played at Hofstra University. Lamb coached varsity lacrosse at Manhasset High School, where his team won the national championship in 1967, and at Williams College, where he coached for 35 years. “Manhasset was the first high school to establish lacrosse as a team sport in the 1920s and 30s under the leadership of Jason Stranahan, another U.S. lacrosse hall of famer and Manhasset resident,” said Rieseberg. Manhasset was very good early on. Then in the 50s Manhasset reached a hiatus. But in the 60s, Moran and Lamb reestablished Manhasset as the premiere lacrosse team in the country.”


Richie Moran (Artwork by Jeff Sorg)

Rieseberg has deep roots in Manhasset and Port Washington. Rieseberg had two daughters; one died many years ago. Rieseberg’s wife, Carole Jane Salerno, passed away four years ago. She lived in Port all her life and still had many relatives in Port. “My wife’s sister, Diane Salerno, still lives in Manorhaven,” said Rieseberg. “My daughter and my wife are buried in Nassau Knolls Cemetery in Port Washington.”

Jeff Sorg, a well-known local musician, is a good friend of Rieseberg’s. “Jeff helped convince me to write the book,” said Rieseberg. “Jeff is the artist who did all the pictures of the heroes for the book.”


Renzie Lamb (Artwork by Jeff Sorg)

Rieseberg credits his five heroes with changing his life. “Things came together for me because of the five men who gave me mentorship and values and beliefs that I could embrace in my life and become successful,” said Rieseberg. “These men picked me up by my bootstraps and helped me fly.”

Lacrosse has been a character training and strengthening experience for him. “The book isn’t only about lacrosse, but about focus, commitment and hard work,” said Rieseberg. “It doesn’t have to be a sport; if you focus and work hard at something, you can be successful and do well in life. You have to go back to the age-old concepts of success, and being good at something doesn’t just happen, it takes hard work, commitment and persistence.”

Rieseberg worked in the healthcare field for 40 years and was CEO of several companies. “I have to say, I turned out much better than the Manhasset High School guidance counselors would have thought,” said Rieseberg. “I drank a lot of beer, kissed a lot of girls. I remind people that the drinking age was 18 at the time.” He has homes in Port Washington and in Naples, FL.

In the month of May, Rieseberg says he’s donating all the proceeds from book sales of Heroes Alongside Us: One Man’s Tale of Unlikely Success and The Men Who Made It Possible to the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame museum to rename it after Richie Moran. Rieseberg and Moran will be appearing together at the Manhasset Public Library local authors series in July. The book is available on and


Memorial Day Parade Schedule

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Matthew Falcone, commander of the Manhasset Post 304 American Legion, and James Brooks, parade chairman, have announced the parade order and schedule for the 2015 Manhasset Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Service. All Manhasset residents, their families and friends are invited to join the legion in this remembrance of the great sacrifices of our American heroes. While Memorial Day honors all deceased veterans, the theme of the parade this year is “The Greatest Battles of World War II: 70 Years Later, Lest we Never Forget.” [Read more…]

Helen Keller Walk/Run Fun

HelenKeller_042915CEarly on Sunday morning, April 19, runners and walkers came together at the Sands Point Preserve to get their numbers and T-shirts to participate in the annual Helen’s Run/Walk. [Read more…]

Ladies Night Wine & Design

The Manhasset Plandome Newcomers Club hosted a Ladies’ Night “Wine & Design” painting event on Thursday, March 12, at Abracadoodle Art Studio in Roslyn.Newcomers_032515G [Read more…]