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Quiet Skies

Letter sent to Senator Schumer and requested to be reprinted.

The undersigned represents hundreds of residents of Nassau County and many more in Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey whose lives, health, peace of mind and property values have been impaired by the new FAA’s new flight patterns through Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Airports. [Read more...]

Kindness of Strangers

Through your column we would appreciate being able to take the liberty to thank several motorists who offered assistance when we were stranded with my over-heated vehicle on Wed., July 9 at the Citibank parking lot on Bayview Avenue, Manhasset.

One woman offered water, another jumper cables, a young man offered to drive Bob home to get our second vehicle, and so many offered assistance. A Citibank employee let me use their restroom and one of the associates offered water.

The kindness of strangers….we were and are very heartened by these kind gestures. Thank you all very much.

Bob and Kathy Emerman

Through A Glass Clearly

President Obama has fulfilled at least one of his many campaign promises. He and his administration are indeed THE most transparent in history. WE CAN SEE RIGHT THROUGH THEM AT EVERY TURN!

Pick your favorite subject (or crisis) in no particular order, e.g. the great Apology Tour, ObamaCare ,Red lines in Syria, Benghazi, release of known terrorists, Fast & Furious, unilateral executive alteration of enacted laws, Ukraine, the IRS scandal, the Border Crisis, the latest weakening of our military, the Iranian nuclear threat, weakened support for Israel, the soaring national debt and the latest Malaysian Airline tragedy and you will quickly and clearly see a president and his minions displaying extraordinary arrogance, detachment, cover-up and an extreme lack of effective and inspiring leadership.

Fundraising, blame-casting and selective attention to actions in support the continued power of those seeking to diminish America and its cherished principles have become ” de rigueur.”

It is not all ” their fault”. We the people allowed this to happen! Now as we approach the “mid-terms” and then beyond, maybe “we” can establish some real “Hope and Change” (for the better).

Herman P. Wiegand

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

LtrMiller_072514ALtrMiller_072514BJune 22 this photo was taken with beautiful flowers and a new sign displayed that read “Please help keep our neighborhood clean and our flowers beautiful by not littering. Thank you. Signed and installed by the proprietor of “Inside The Armoire”.

The next photo was taken on July 12 where the sign was obviously missing with no plans on replacing it since it will probably be taken again! Will the person/persons who removed/borrowed the first sign please return it to its rightful place, no questions asked.

In last week’s Letter to the Editor Al Trapani of Trapani Art & Frame shared a photo of debris littered on Plandome Road. He also commended “Inside the Armoire” for sweeping the sidewalk and planting flowers for beautifying the entrance to their store. “Chocolate Works” also sweeps their sidewalk and keeps a beautiful flower bed. The proprietors of both of these new shops are Manhasset residents and take pride in setting an example in doing their civic duty of keeping Manhasset beautiful. It’s the responsibility of everyone who cares about our beautiful community to follow in their footsteps. Respect others property and PLEASE DON’T LITTER.

Katie Miller

Manhasset CASA’s Mission

We read with interest Editor in Chief John Owens’ column in the July 9, Manhasset Press. Mr. Owens described a letter he received from “A Heart-Broken Mother”, a former Manhasset resident, whose son began drinking at the age of 13 and escalated to hard drugs shortly thereafter. Although that was 30 years ago, her son has still not recovered but she is grateful he is alive.

As the Board of the Manhasset Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA), we too are happy to know he is alive, but know the road that her family must have traveled has been devastating and can never be imagined by anyone not having experienced this tragedy.

We appreciate Mr. Owens acknowledging CASA as making serious efforts to prevent substance abuse in our community. Underage drinking is not a new problem in any community, or any state in this nation. Preventing substance abuse is no easy task, but we remain positive and hopeful. We are encouraged that the Bach Harrison study, which was administered to students at Manhasset High School, showed an overall decline of 13% in underage drinking in grades 8-12 from 2008-2013. However, we also know there is quite a lot of work to still be done.

Our mission is to reach our youth before they are in trouble – and we do that by connecting parents, students, schools, religious organizations, healthcare and substance abuse professionals and other organizations and groups involved with reducing substance abuse.

CASA’s initiatives have made an impact in the community. This past spring we launched our “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign and received a supportive proclamation from the Town of North Hempstead. This ongoing underage drinking prevention initiative seeks to empower families to talk with their children — as young as age 9 — about the risks of underage drinking.

In March, Chris Herren, a former professional basketball player who struggled with substance abuse for most of his career, spoke to parents and students separately at Manhasset High School. Chris shared his focus on sobriety and his experience as a young substance abuser, noting, “No one wakes up at age 30 and becomes a heroin addict. It all starts in the homes as teenagers drinking out of red plastic cups.” Sadly, the woman Mr. Owens describes in his article knows this is true all too well.

CASA‘s upcoming programs include the annual Red Ribbon Week October 27-31, with activities and programs for students relating to drug abuse and dangerous behavior awareness, and parent outreach and mailings. On Thursday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Manhasset High School, CASA will host a presentation by Dr. Robert Turrisi, a professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State and the developer of the underage drinking prevention effort known as the Power of Parents. Dr. Turrisi will present “It’s a Fact….Parents Do Matter”, a discussion of the power of parent-based intervention on substance abuse prevention.

In addition, CASA recognizes the importance of family communication as it can be instrumental in building a healthier and safer future for children. This fall we will also offer Active Parenting Now, a 3-part program designed to help parents learn new skills in communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution.

In the winter and spring, CASA will continue its series of Parent Education workshops, designed to provide parents with the skills and insight necessary to raise healthy and responsible youth in today’s world.

Mr. Owens is right: no organization or individual can fight this battle alone. We invite the community to learn more about CASA and its efforts to prevent substance abuse. Visit to join CASA and learn about all of our initiatives. Help us help improve the health and wellness of our youth.

CASA Executive Board of Directors

Eugene A. Petracca, Jr. – President

Robert J. Aiello

Lisa Vecchio Belinsky

Deirdre F. Curtis

Ed Garofolo

Andrew Lunetta

Beth Miller

Manhasset Is Music

The article “Silver Jubilee of the 1964 World Fair” submitted by Elizabeth Johnson brought back so many memories. It seemed like it was just yesterday 50 years later. My daughter, Leslie McGuire, sang Let There Be Peace On Earth and is standing next to the piano. Sister St. Jane, the director, is standing behind her. How wonderful it would be if we could have peace on earth. Unfortunately, this does not happen. Recognizing so many friends of Leslie and Julie who were also in the choir picture was great.

I always associate Manhasset with music. My four girls, Leslie, Julie, Mary Jo and Kate were in the choirs and glee clubs and my husband, Bob McGuire St. Mary’s choir, “Port Singers” and the parades – Memorial Day, etc., etc. in Manhasset.

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life!”Berthold Auerbach

Nancy McGuire

Trash/Litter On Plandome Road

LtrTrapani_071114AI don’t know, maybe it is just me, but is anyone else embarrassed by the condition of Plandome Road in the commercial district? OK, so we didn’t get brick sidewalks, planters, benches, safety crosswalks, etc. like so many other “Main Streets” across Long Island have. Those dreams are long gone, but doesn’t anyone on this road own a broom? The gutters and sidewalks have never been dirtier. Paper, wrappers, cigarette butts, plastic bottles, cans. What ever happened to civic pride? I have owned the gallery and frame shop for almost 15 years and have never seen Plandome Road so neglected. The biggest culprits are the biggest stores and office buildings in town (you know who you are). The trash is only half of the problem. How about pulling some weeds and mulching the beds where the trees are planted. Give the trees a fighting chance to grow. With the money that the town spends on marking tires and ticketing the few customers we have, how about a street cleaning crew? Where is the town street sweeper that is supposed to go through before business hours? Thank you for letting me vent. On a positive note, I would like to single out “Inside The Armoire”. Their sidewalk is swept and not only are their flower beds clean, but they are full of flowers (What a concept)! Great job, your efforts didn’t go unnoticed. I hope the people at Town Hall read my letter. I wonder what road their office is on?

Al Trapani

Trapani Art & Frame

LIRR Commuter Council Says

The Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council (LIRRCC) has long believed that a contract that is fair and acceptable to all parties can best be produced through negotiation between the MTA and LIRR and the labor unions representing LIRR workers. The LIRRCC continues to hold this view and calls on both sides to resume serious negotiations and work diligently to reach a settlement. We ask both parties to step back, regroup, refocus and rededicate themselves to resolving this impasse. If a new and neutral location would help refocus this process on the impact of failed negotiations on those who depend on the LIRR, the Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council offers the use of its Long Island office in hopes of bringing the parties together.

“Our message to both parties in this dispute has been ‘work it out so riders can get to work’ but the implications of a strike and service shutdown go beyond riders to Long Island and the region as a whole. The negative economic and human impact of a strike would be huge, and the only responsible option is to keep talking and working to reach an agreement which is fair and does not result in an added financial burden on riders. To put it succinctly, we want no strike and no hike” said LIRRCC Chair Mark Epstein.

Donations Needed For Silver Project

We are reorganizing the storage room of Catholic Charities’ Regina House in Merrick. In order to complete our project, we are in need of metal or plastic shelving units and large plastic bins. If you have of these items that you would like to donate, please call 516-317-1773 for pickup. Thank You!

Molly, Lauren, and Samiah

Cadette Troop #508

Graduation Reflection and Best Wishes

I dropped off my youngest child at Manhasset Secondary School for the last time this past week and tears welled up in my eyes.

As I reflected back on my family’s experiences across the years at Manhasset Schools it was the human element that resonated. Smart boards, glorious turf fields, and elaborate galas while lovely accoutrements, have for me always paled, in contrast and comparison to what I considered crucial to a meaningful education; the contributions of motivated, caring and compassionate teachers, counselors and administrators.

Parenthetically, while being exposed to a dearth of information relative to budget concerns, it always struck me that there was no way to place a dollar amount on the value of a teacher who was capable of sparking a young persons zest for learning, or interest in a particular subject; or of one whose encouragement built a students confidence, or promoted their independent thinking; or whose praise raised a young persons feeling of self worth; or whose guidance opened new doors and aided that individuals personal growth.

Notable to me was a recent conversation that I had with my son wherein he cited as most significant to him those teachers that consistently kept up with him and inquired about his progress and views on life after he had finished whatever course he had with them, thereby demonstrating interest and concern which came from the heart, as they are neither evaluated for such conduct, nor obligated, to offer such interest.

For those gifts I give thanks to the countless number of Manhasset School staff who have provided them. In particular the following group have touched our family, but the references are in no way meant to be exclusive: Russell Ainbinder, Anthony Blyskal, David Dorman, Jane Grappone, Candyce Kannengiser, Chris Keen, Jennifer Landman, Donald Lee, Ken Massetti, Joseph Miraglia, Robert Novak, Doris Rodgers, Bob Rule, Eric Shapiro, Leslie Scholnik, and Principal Dean Schlanger. We also have fond memories and lament the retirements of such luminary teachers as Joseph D’Angelo, Noel Gish, Eileen Murphy, and Linda Stampler. Their contributions cannot be replaced.

The experience also gave me pause to consider this particular son’s journey through adolescence, which has been truly remarkable and a story worth sharing because his trek has been something to emulate.

It has been my privilege to watch as his local group of friends willingly and assertively spread their wings and, aided by social media and old fashioned interpersonal get-togethers, expanded their circle into a large diverse collective of adolescents from towns spanning Whitestone to Commack on the North, across to Wantagh on the South and many villages in between. They challenged conventional notions in doing so and forged nothing less than a loving and supporting family from which each member drew strength. Most striking was the group’s diversity in gender, ethnicity, and financial status and their finding common ground and the willingness to bond and support one another notwithstanding those differences.

This group stood as a cushion for the inevitable fall when transitory aspirations of admittance to “that” particular University crashed and burned against the enigmatic, nay seemingly unfair, college admissions process. Disappointed applicants grappled with the realities of the vagaries of life impacting on us all, not withstanding our best efforts and hopefully found solace in the realization of the value of true and loving friends and family serving not only as a safety net for our emotional drops, but literally giving our lives the meaning they hold.

To all of my son’s fellow graduates at Manhasset High School, particularly to those who shared in his special journey, and to all of those in our extended family, I wish them fulfillment in their quests. May they relish the gifts of their age and seek to follow their own unique visions, rather than let their visions defined by the masses. May they recognize and seize upon the glorious opportunities that I believe exist at any and all of our institutions of higher learning, from Princeton to Podunk, and beyond, for those motivated to find them.

Most of all may they find happiness and contribute to making this a better world for themselves and their families.

Leland Garbus and Family