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Local Yacht Clubs Host Regattas on Manhasset Bay

Lawrence Chrapwily,  artist-in-residence, Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society,  doing what he does best at the 2014 Port Washington YC Charity Cup. He is generously donating a 12 x 16-inch framed  and signed by the artist oil painting of the boat of the overall winner of the 2015 Port Washington Day Race.

Lawrence Chrapwily,
artist-in-residence, Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society, doing what he does best at the 2014 Port Washington YC Charity Cup. He is generously donating a 12 x 16-inch framed and signed by the artist oil painting of the boat of the overall winner of the 2015 Port Washington Day Race.

Spring has finally arrived and local boaters are busily getting their boats ready for the season. Soon, Manhasset Bay will be filled with boats at their moorings or slips, waiting to take the passengers out to enjoy the beauty of our bay, Long Island Sound and beyond. People are smiling again.

The 2015 Cow Bay Racing One-design committee has issued their sailing instructions for the upcoming season, which starts on May 9 and continues until Oct. 4. All three yacht clubs: Manhasset Bay, North Shore and Port Washington take turns with Race Committee duty. Without the cooperation of these clubs working together, there would be no weekend racing. So, kudos to all involved that organized the season.

One of the starts at the 2014 North Shore YC Day Race

One of the starts at the 2014 North Shore YC Day Race

While weekend racing started last weekend, there are two Day Race regattas during the weekend of May 30 and 31. On Saturday, May 30, North Shore Yacht Club will host their day race. According to the club, “racers can mark their calendars for the always popular North Shore Yacht Club’s 27th Annual Day Race on Saturday, May 30.” With the club celebrating its 145th anniversary and with proper breeze, the race starts just before noon. Racers can expect a start on Long Island Sound, Northeast of Execution Light, and depending on the breeze, a race of 15 miles. The finish will be in Manhasset Bay. Participants can expect multiple PHRF Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker divisions plus a PHRF “2-handed” Non-Spinnaker division and a new J-105 One Design Spinnaker Division. Always a racers’ favorite…the NSYC complimentary post-race party. Entry forms are available at For additional information, call the Regatta Chairman, Charlie Cannam at 516-639-9470 or NSYC at 516-883-9823.

Avalanche, Al Albrecht, Port Washington YC, won the 2014 Port Washington Day Race.

Avalanche, Al Albrecht, Port Washington YC, won the 2014 Port Washington Day Race.

On Sunday, May 31, Port Washington Yacht Club is hosting their Day Race. There will be several new features to the regatta this year.

The overall winner of the PWYC Day Race will receive an oil painting by local en plein air artist, Lawrence Chrapliwy, artist-in-residence, Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society. Chrapliwy is a member of the American Society of Marine Artists. An early interest in art and nature and his natural talent eventually led him a career as an illustrator and graphic designer. Since arriving in Port Washington in 2007, he and his wife, also an artist, have developed a strong following of admirers and collectors, both locally and nationally. “Plein air” paintings are works created while painting from life in the open air: the paintings require enormous discipline and skill to complete with ever changing light and weather conditions. He will be at PWYC on the day of the regatta, doing what he does best, painting scenes from the yacht club dock. Race participants will have a chance to chat with the artist and see him in action on the front lawn of the club. The public is invited to stop by to chat with Chrapliwy, but should call the club at 516-767-1614 to confirm his availability. For more about the artist, see For more information about the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society, go to

The second new development with the PWYC Day Race involves the YRALIS. The club is very excited to be chosen as one of eight venues that qualify for the new YRALIS Youth Challenge Trophy. This is a series of races over the 2015 season (PWYC Day Race, City Island Distance Race, Lloyd Harbor Stratford Shoal Race, Huguenot YC Expressly for Fun Regatta, Sea Cliff Around Long Island Regatta, YRALIS Championship Regatta, Stamford YC Vineyard Race and Indian Harbor Stratford Shoal Race). To qualify, 33 percent of the crew must be between ages 14 to 24 at the start of the race and race in at least three of the events.

Charlie Cannam, Engarde, North Shore YC Race Committee Chair, right before the start of the 2014 North Shore YC Day Race.

Charlie Cannam, Engarde, North Shore YC Race Committee Chair, right before the start of the 2014 North Shore YC Day Race.

And last, but certainly not least, the Port Washington Day Race is proud to announce that they have joined the race to restore ocean health with Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas program. One part education, two parts activation, the Clean Regattas program unites and mobilizes sailors by offering support and resources to help heal the ocean.

“The PWYC Day Race is committed to serving as a model for responsible sailing,” said Tyson Bottenus, Sustainability Director, Sailors for the Sea. “We are thrilled to support the PWYC Day Race in their efforts to educate participants on environmental protection. Working with the regatta, Sailors for the Sea will help to formalize their conservation efforts and help foster ocean friendly behavior.”
Port Washington YC is dedicated to protecting the waters upon which we sail.

For more information on the regatta, go to or email For the Notice of Race and to register, go to

Manhasset Bay Sportsmen’s Club Flounder Derby

Flounder derby renamed in honor of Skip Campbell, pictured.

Flounder derby renamed in honor of Skip Campbell, pictured.

Photos By Maura Vernice

The Manhasset Bay Sportsmen’s Club held its annual flounder derby on the Port Washington town dock on Saturday, May 2. This year, they renamed the derby the Robert “Skip” Campbell Flounder Derby in honor of Skip Campbell, the event organizer. About 25 children turned out to fish at the flounder derby.

Though none of the kids caught a fish this year, many prizes were raffled off, including rods and reels, tackle boxes, fishing nets and T-shirts. The sportsmen’s club also gave out free hot dogs, drinks and snacks, water bottles and a certificate to all participants. This was the 52nd annual spring fishing derby. This year, the Manhasset Bay Sportsmen’s Club celebrates its 70th anniversary. The sportsmen’s club also holds a snapper derby in August.

Bone Marrow Donor Saves A Life

Kinsley as catcher for Furman University

Kinsley as catcher for Furman University

Jake Kinsley became a bone marrow donor to help save the life of a stranger. Kinsley put his name on a donor list three years ago to help a relative. He wasn’t a match in that case. Then he forgot about it until he received a call this year about being a donor for a stranger. After some initial tests, he was told he was a perfect match and he didn’t hesitate to say yes.

The recipient was a 55-year old mother with leukemia. When given a chance to save someone’s life, Kinsley took that chance. “I hope that the impact that I made on her was as big as the impact she made on me,” said Kinsley. “I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

He was able to go to classes the day after the procedure. For about a month after the procedure, Kinsley had to be careful as his body built up platelets. He was susceptible to bruising and bleeding easily. He was also easily fatigued during the month following the procedure. He had to miss a portion of his senior baseball season, including a game against Clemson, a big rival, though he was able to accompany the team in the dugout. It’s worth it to give someone else a chance, said Kinsley. “It’s a great opportunity to help someone else and I would never pass it up. You would hope someone else would do the same for you if you needed it.”

Kinsley’s procedure was done at Greenville Health Systems Cancer Institute in March. The procedure removed half of his platelets. According to Kinsley, the procedure took about four to six hours. “They put a needle in one arm, took what they needed, spun it around, and put another needle in my other arm and put it back. Then it was given to the recipient the next day,” said Kinsley. “It was pretty simple. The success rate is very good.”

Kinsley received nationwide recognition for his donation. He was interviewed on NBC and Good Morning America.


Jake Kinsley

Kinsley grew up in Manhasset and attended Manhasset elementary and middle school as well as Regis High School in New York City. He graduated cum laude from Furman University in Greenville, SC, on May 9 with a degree in both Chinese Culture and Language and Business Administration. He was a lector at the Church of St. Mary in Manhasset throughout high school. Kinsley was a catcher on the Furman baseball team.

Kinsley will be residing in Atlanta, GA, and starting a job as an investment banking analyst at Croft & Bender.

If you are interested in being a bone marrow donor, you can find out more information and register through

Fleet Feet For Don Scott Memorial Run

DonScott052015DThe 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. [Read more…]

Calling All Junior Runners


2014 Munsey Park Womens Club Fun Run

MPWC Kids Fun Run and Fair to Benefit SCA Project Share

Plans are underway for the Munsey Park Women’s Club (MPWC) 6th annual Kids Fun Run and Fair. The fundraiser’s objective allows kids to help kids. The event will be held on Saturday, June 6 at 9 a.m. The beneficiary is the Manhasset SCA’s Project Share. MPWC is proud to continue its support of Project Share, whose purpose is to provide economically at-risk Manhasset students’ simple basic need items. Last year, approximately 300 children participated in the event and the MPWC raised enough money for Project Share to help over 150 Manhasset students purchase back-to-school sneakers and school supplies.

On Saturday, June 6 at 9 a.m., kids from all over Manhasset will gather to run or walk the one-mile race to show their support for Manhasset SCA’s Project Share.

The race course starts at Waldmann/Polliwog Pond on Park Avenue in Munsey Park. The Fun Run is open to all children ages 2 through 12 and strollers are welcome. Immediately following the Fun Run, there will be a fair at Polliwog Pond where racers and their families can enjoy carnival games and yummy goodies at the bake sale. Come and join the festivities. All activities will be nominally priced tickets. There will also be a raffle with many great prizes. An iPad mini, an American Girl doll and a bicycle are just a few of the fabulous prizes being raffled off.

Event sponsorship opportunities are still available. With a contribution of $300 your family, group or business name will be printed on the back of the Fun Run event T-shirts. For more sponsorship information, please contact Erin O’Connor at or 516-365-3842.

Please join in and support a worthy cause while enjoying a fun morning with family and friends. Early registrants will receive a free T-shirt if the application is received before May 22. Early registrant entry fee is $15 per child. After May 22 through race day, the entry fee is $20. Only those preregistered are guaranteed T-shirts. Download a registration/sponsorship form on the SCA website,

This wonderful event has brought the Manhasset community together. The MPWC welcomes all children to participate on Saturday, June 6.

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.


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…]

Lacrosse Hall Of Fame For Love Of The Game

Laxhalloffame051315A   The Manhasset Lacrosse Hall of Fame held its 27th annual golf classic and induction dinner on May 7 at the Plandome Country Club. The Hall of Fame helps promote, support and foster scholastic team lacrosse for Manhasset Public Schools. The Hall of Fame has been able to direct almost $725,000 for the past 26 years to support the boys and girls lacrosse teams in Manhasset.

This year’s inductees included Jason Buttles ’92, Roger Buttles ’96, Meghan Clarke ’05, Mike Ferrari’99, Patty Anne Kenny Reilly ’86 and Gavin Petracca ’05.

The weather was sunny and gorgeous for the golf classic. Manhasset high school lacrosse senior girls volunteered at the check-in table for the golfers at the Plandome Country Club. The senior girls included Danielle Nicosia, Sarah Phillips, Lindsey Laxhalloffame051315URonbeck, Kathryn Hallett and Madeline Barcia. Inductee and assistant coach Meghan Clarke and Hall of Fame board member Whitney Godfried helped with check in as well. Attendees received a blanket and personalized golf balls.

The dinner was really a record breaker, according to Lacrosse Hall of Fame board member Pam Monfort. “It was standing-room only and a true reunion this year,” said Monfort. “The day was enjoyed by all. Jason Buttles stole the show with his acceptance speech. He had us laughing and crying.”

Patty Anne Reilly gave a wonderful and truly heartfelt tribute to her former Coach Pam Monfort. There were lots of winners of great raffles, silent auctions and live auctions.

Several awards and scholarships were announced at the dinner. Sandy Buttles won the Angela Miller Memorial Award. The Angela Miller award is bestowed on a mother in the community who has encouraged and supported their children and others and has had an impact on the youth in the community. The award is named after Angela Miller, who raised 11 children, all of whom participated in the Manhasset PAL program. She attended virtually every lacrosse game that each of them played, both in high school and college.

The PAL/Baugher annual scholarship for the most dedicated player was awarded to James Thomas and Lindsay Ronbeck. The award honors the memory of the late W. Harry Baugher and Harry L. Baugher, who did so much as coaches for the young athletes of Manhasset. This scholarship is awarded to a senior Manhasset lacrosse player whose qualities include sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, team spirit, tenacity, sacrifice and love of the game.