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Girls Swimming Defeats Garden City

Manhasset High School scored a stunning win on ursday, October 8 when the Indians faced off with the Garden City Trojans in girls swimming defeating them 84 to 82. These two rivals have always had a fierce but friendly competition over the years, but this was the first time in the history of the sport that Manhasset defeated Garden City in a closely matched dual meet. [Read more…]

Local Artist Paints Perfection

“Country Kitchen” and  framing that is being donated to  Play For The Pink held at Plandome Country Club.

“Country Kitchen” and
framing that is being donated to
Play For The Pink held at Plandome Country Club.

Manhasset’s Connie Foley is a modern American impressionist painter. She has exhibited at the Chrysalis Gallery in Southampton for twenty years. Originally an abstractionist known for her vibrant color and fluid form, Foley has become a naturalist, turning to nature as it relates to and restores the individual. As a native of Long Island, Foley’s work reflects the character and the beauty of Long Island, particularly its North Shore and East End. Foley began painting at an early age under the tutelage of her uncle, an artist. She won a scholarship to college, majored in art, won numerous awards, and then went on to graduate school and teaching

She has always had a working relationship with Trapani Art and Frame. Fine Art reproductions of her paintings have been available at Trapani since 1991. Both community-minded Al Trapani and she have partnered on a number of projects and fund raisers for the Manhasset community. They have donated framed fine art reproductions to numerous fundraisers, among them Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer, Tuesday’s Children, the Don Scott Memorial Scholarship Foundation and The Church of St. Mary. With research material provided by Fran Bourguet, Trapani and Foley created a visual history of The Church of St. Mary prominently displayed in the Ministry Center of the Church.

Painting auctioned at  St. Mary’s Parish Silent Auction.

Painting auctioned at
St. Mary’s Parish Silent Auction.

Foley has exhibited at local and national affiliations of the Pen and Brush Society (NYC), Vanderbilt Museum, Water Mill Museum, FIT Artisan Space (NYC), Bridgehampton Art in the Garden Auction, Southampton Cultural Center, and she had a solo exhibition at the Fine Arts Center at LIU Southampton.

Over the years, Trapani Art and Frame has become an integral part of the North Shore community as the quintessential custom frame shop and art gallery. Trapani website, will now feature a Connie Foley “Shop Page” offering a number of her paintings as limited edition prints.

Trapani Art and Frame, a wonderful community resource, is proud promoter of art and local artists. Any questions regarding acquisition of Foley’s work can be directed to the gallery at 516-365-6014.

Six Students Named Merit Semifinalists

Pictured here are Matthew Alonso, Nicole Chee, Brooke DiGia, Alyssa Sanders,  Alexander Schwartz and Jenna Tisher with Principal Dr. Dean Schlanger and  Superintendent Charles Cardillo

Pictured here are Matthew Alonso, Nicole Chee, Brooke DiGia, Alyssa Sanders,
Alexander Schwartz and Jenna Tisher with Principal Dr. Dean Schlanger and
Superintendent Charles Cardillo

The Manhasset Public School District has announced six scholastically talented seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Matthew Alonso, Nicole Chee, Brooke DiGia, Alyssa Sanders, Alexander Schwartz and Jenna Tisher were named semifinalists in the 61st National Merit Scholarship Program.

This distinction was awarded to approximately 16,000 high school students nationwide by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for the 2016 program. The semi­finalists have qualified to compete for approximately 7,400 available National Merit scholarships worth more than $32 million. Finalists will be announced in February 2016, with the winners to be named in the spring.

Manhasset High School’s six semifinalists were among the more than 1.5 million juniors who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in 2014 and scored among the highest in the state and in the top one percent nationally.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. To become a finalist, the semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Gallery Of Fine Art Coming To Secondary School

Friday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. marked the Grand Opening of the Gallery of Fine Art at Manhasset Secondary School.

The gallery is the brainchild of Advanced Placement Art teacher Michael Sansone, who has long held a vision of such a gallery as a cultural center focused on the visual arts. He worked with district administrators to secure a space which has been renovated into a gallery capable of exhibiting works of art of the highest quality. Through development of the gallery, students will engage in all aspects of the gallery experience, such as development of curatorial concepts, exhibit design, publicity and all other business aspects of art. Students will not only work directly with contemporary artists, but will also curate exhibits focused on significant elements of art history.

The gallery is made possible in part through generous donations by the Manhasset School Community Association, the Tower High School Yearbook Club, the Classes of 1961, 1962 and 2012, and Robert Anastasia.

Doing The Right Thing

WhatsRight_090215BThese two young Manhasset residents, Megan and Kristin, clearly know where and how to safely cross Plandome Road. Crossing at a marked crosswalk is the safest place to cross any street. Pressing the button triggers the traffic lights to change and stops traffic sooner. Schools are open and Coalition for A Safer Manhasset (CSM) urges students to use caution when crossing the streets, and respectfully reminds drivers to drive carefully and especially watch out for students crossing the roads. Think safety!

—Submitted by the Coalition
for a Safer Manhasset

Florence Parrella Unit Member Of The Year


Florence Perrella and Diane Gerber

The American Legion Auxiliary Department of New York held its annual convention in Buffalo from July 15 to 18. During the convention, a very prestigious award was bestowed upon Florence Parrella, who is a long-standing Manhasset resident and a member of American Legion Auxiliary Manhasset Unit 304. Parrella was named “Unit Member of the Year” for the entire State of New York. This award recognized her above all other members within New York State for her dedication and commitment to the principles of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Parrella was nominated by Manhasset Unit 304 because of her willingness to go above the ordinary and respond in an extraordinary fashion, especially to the needs of the veterans, their families and our active duty military. She serves as Chaplain of the Manhasset unit and can be seen each spring throughout town and at the Memorial Day Parade distributing poppies to raise funds in support of our veterans and our active duty military and their families.

Manhasset Artist Nicole Rinaldi

This week we feature talented Manhasset High School senior, Nicole Rinaldi. As a member of the Class of 2016, her works are also featured in the Manhasset Art Gallery which was opened last Friday, Sept. 25.

Blessing of Animals

Blessing_101714AChrist Episcopal Church Manhasset and the Community Reformed Church will jointly host its Annual Blessing of the Animals, in commemoration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, on Sunday, October 4, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. in the Churchyard adjacent to both churches, weather permitting. Alternatively, the Blessing will occur in Christ Church. All are invited to attend, regardless of religious affiliation. [Read more…]

Car Crash On Shelter Rock Road

Late Friday afternoon, October 2, a new model gold Honda Accord crashed into a pole on Shelter Rock Road causing power to be shut down in the surrounding area. Stores on Northern Boulevard from LorAccident_100715Ad & Taylor to Barnes and Noble were darkened by the event. South Strathmore and Strathmore Village were also in the dark. (photo by Sean Dolan) [Read more…]

High School Art Wanted

Artist_093015HThe Art Guild invites all Nassau County High School students to submit artworks for consideration for the annual “Nassau County High School Student Juried Art Competition and Exhibition.” [Read more…]