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Welcome to Manhasset Magazine

They say good things come in small package–and that saying certainly rings true when you start talking about the Hamlet of Manhasset. Even though it’s only 2.4 square miles, there is plenty going on within its borders, as evidenced by our latest edition of Manhasset Magazine.

Pride in one’s community is an important cornerstone of what makes this place so special, a fact that’ll be apparent once you have finished reading Meghan Lombardo’s article about the role civic associations play in improving the quality of life for local residents. Many times, these efforts start from an individual level as Colleen Maidhof reveals with her piece about a married couple who have been providing flora to the area for three-and-a-half decades.

As Whitney Houston sang about how “…the children are out future” in “The Greatest Love of Alll,” so it goes in Manhasset. Lyn Dobrin writes about the endless opportunities little ones have to delve into different artistic disciplines. Lyn does a great job profiling options for aspiring musicians, hoofers, budding Picassos and Meryl Streeps right in the neighborhood. This commitment to youth is serious business as you will see in the Tower Foundation’s Sequins & Bowties fundraising event as the Plandome Country Club that Kristin Stevens writes about.

Elsewhere, Eleanor Lange provides insight into Adventures in Learning’s gala that finds benefactors pouring money into an after-school enrichment program. Athletics is also a longstanding passion in the community dating back to when NFL and lacrosse legend Jim Brown attended Manhasset High School. Vinny Messana reveals how deeply this legacy runs as he profiles a number of top lax, crew and baseball players who will be heading off to college. Giving back is an important part of the neighborhood fabric that makes up Manhasset. Kimberly Dijkstra profiles an outstanding 21-year-old woman who spent the past several years raising more than a million dollars for her charity that’s building a village for orphaned children in Africa. This kind of civic service obviously starts at home as Vinny profiles three firefighter families who have been helping keep Plandome safe for three generations.

With Manhasset’s roots dating back to 1680, you bet there’s plenty of fascinating history to go with it. Nowadays, Miracle Mile is renowned for being a mecca of high-end shopping. Kimberly reflects that in her piece about current trends. But according to Eleonor Imperato, this strip has always served some sort of economic role. It was once a trade route that started out as a place where Matinecock and Manhasset Indians hunted and traded. Elsewhere, Rachel Hirschheimer fills us in on the origins of Shelter Rock, we recognized the 75th anniversary of the Church of Our Saviour Lutheran and our readers share a number of charming memories about growing up in and around Miracle Mile. This edition of Manhasset Magazine winds up looking at the community through a different perspective that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

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Angela Susan Anton is a dynamic and innovative business leader, philanthropist and mother—one of the most familiar faces and “hearts” on Long Island. Publisher of Anton Media Group, an award-winning group of 17 weeklies, Angela is committed to keeping her readers informed and engaged, and to personally championing worthy causes that make a positive difference in the region.

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