Clark Botanic Garden is the Former Estate of Greenville Clarke, World Peace Advocate

Grenville Clark, an international attorney who was active in world peace efforts and an advisor in governmental affairs, donated his estate to create Clark Botanic Gardens.

Clark was a drafter of the United Nations Charter, author of A Plan for Peace and co-author of the acclaimed World Peace Through World Law.

He was an advisor to four United States Presidents, founder of the Military Training Camp Association (1917) and leader of the Plattsburg movement, and author of the Selective Service Act of 1940.

Clark organized the two Dublin Peace Conferences, held at the Morse Farm in 1945 and 1965, out of which grew the United World Federalists.

Grenville Clark died in 1967.

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Grenville Clark’s former home became Clark Botanical Gardens, which he donated to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden‘s upon his death:

Founded in 1969 and originally called the Fanny Dwight Clark Memorial Garden of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the garden was gifted by Grenville Clark, in memory of his late wife Fanny Dwight Clark.

The Town of North Hempstead acquired the park in 1989 with a conservation easement, which legally obligated the Town to conduct the garden as a botanic garden, as distinguished from a park, and to fulfill its purpose of practicing horticulture and horticultural education. Clark Botanic Garden is now part of the Town’s parks system.

https://theislandnow.com/rop/clark-botanic-garden-to-celebrate-50-years-in-2019/

The history… goes back to 1966, when the Grenville Clark donated 12 acres and his family’s home on I.U. Willets Road in Albertson, New York, to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in memory of his late wife Fanny Dwight Clark. The purpose of the gift was to create a small community garden, a suburban outpost of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, to preserve the property in perpetuity.

http://www.clarkbotanic.org/about.html

Meet Your Neighbors! Organize A Block Party!

As another summer begins, without our country club, which used to open Memorial Day weekend, we are left with ourselves to help forge the sense of community that is now missing from our suburban neighborhood.

At the end of August of 2010, a few neighbors on Pebble Lane got together and put on an end of summer block party for the neighborhood. A few forms and signatures, a few meetings, and some flyers to the neighbors created the opportunity for old and new neighbors to connect for the first time. You can do it too!

To help you connect with your neighbors, Nextdoor for the Roslyn Country Club has recently been launched. Join, then invite your friends online or automatically send postcards to your neighbors, for free. An open and connected community is a vibrant community. Let’s get started creating the neighborhood we want to see!

 

 

 

Block Party Application

Our Connected Neighborhood

Nextdoor, a new, free Social App, looks to be able to provide our neighborhood with a new level of openness and connectivity. It is a private social network, that allows anyone who is a verified resident of the neighborhood to post messages and reach out to neighbors. Have an extra TV you want to get rid of? Need a babysitter? Who is better to trust than a neighbor? Join in today!

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“Let’s go for a drive, see the town tonight…”

An Exodus of Young Adults
Demographers and politicians are scratching their heads… [A] theory is that young people are marrying later and moving to the suburbs later. Others say that young people seem to be taking more time finding themselves, and are willing to flounder at home for a time, pushing the traditional arc of adult life into the future.

Read the full story at The New York Times, Suburbs Try to Prevent an Exodus as Young Adults Move to Cities and Stay

Malekan Extends Deadline for Deal

via This Island Now

Roslyn Country Club owner Manochehr Malekan has extended the deadline for the Town of North Hempstead to purchase the country club by 120 days, according to Town of North Hempstead Councilman Peter Zuckerman.

Zuckerman said Thursday that the deal, which faced a March 19 deadline, was “on hold” pending the outcome of a April 2 court hearing on lawsuits brought by residents of the Roslyn Heights development against Malekan’s Corona Realty LLC.

“We’re hoping the judge will dismiss the remaining lawsuits and allow the town to go ahead with the deal with Corona,” Zuckerman said.

Read on…

Roslyn Country Club Spring

RCCCA: “Back in Court”

via Roslyn Country Club Civic Association:

Tomorrow, Wednesday April 2, the litigation to which many RCC residents are parties is again in Court. The date for submission of legal papers has passed and Wednesday is the “return date” for the application to dismiss this litigation.

We don’t know whether Judge Janowitz will take any action tomorrow, whether he will allow oral argument or render any decision from the bench (which would be unusual).

As you will recall, Corona’s application seeks dismissal of the Roslyn Country Club litigation in which so many residents have engaged for so many years (Corona is the company that owns the Club real estate; Manny Malekan is Corona’s principal). Corona has asked that the dismissal be effective once the land is transferred to the Town. For more information see the application filed by Corona (linked, along with neighbors submissions, below).

Among other things, a dismissal of ALL (not some or most) of our claims appears to eliminate what seems to have been a key impediment to Corona’s sale of the RCC land under its contract with the Town of North Hempstead. Although Supervisor Bosworth has made made her views clear to us on the high priority she places on reopening the RCC,

Both Corona’s application (called an “order to show cause”) and the reactions of a handful of your neighbors were filed with the Court or otherwise submitted and may be viewed at http://www.jaroslawiczandjaros.com/Corona-Realty-Order-to-Show-Cause.aspx.

Court opens at 9:30am and the hearing is in Judge Janowitz’s courtroom at Nassau County Supreme Court.

PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL OR EMAIL US WITH YOUR QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS!

NOTE THAT WE NO LONGER HAVE JOINT COUNSEL. IF YOU ARE A PARTY IN THIS LITIGATION AND DO NOT APPEAR IN PERSON OR BY ATTORNEY, YOU WILL HAVE NO ONE ACTING ON YOUR BEHALF IN COURT. NEITHER THE ROSLYN COUNTRY CLUB CIVIC ASSOCIATION NOR ANY OF ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS OR CONSULTANTS CAN PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE TO YOU. IF YOU REQUIRE LEGAL ADVICE YOU SHOULD SPEAK WITH A LAWYER THAT YOU ENGAGE.

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Manochehr Malekan: “If they want it, it is in their hands.”

via The Island Now

The Town of North Hempstead’s agreement to purchase the Roslyn Country Club to create a special park district is being threatened by an ongoing legal disputes between the property’s owner and residents of the Roslyn Heights development.
With a March 19 deadline to close the deal, the residents have yet to drop several hundred lawsuits against Corona Realty Holdings, the owner of the Roslyn Country, as required under terms the town’s agreement to purchase the 7.2 acre-site for $2 million,
“The buyer doesn’t have to buy and the seller doesn’t have to sell if the lawsuits haven’t been dismissed by March 19,” said Todd Zarin, president of the Roslyn Country Club Civic Association.
Corona Realty owner Manochehr Malekan said he not concerned about the March 19 deadline.
“We are not playing by the deadline. I could always extend it if I know we’re moving in the right direction,” Malekan said Tuesday. “I have signed an agreement over a year ago with the town. If they want it, it is in their hands.”

Read on…

RCCCA Update: “Some Concerns” and some hope…

The time might be near for the completion of the Town’s purchase of some of the Roslyn Country Club property, but it is up to each of us to decide how to proceed…

"When the snow covers my neighborhood..."

via the RCC Civic Association

LITIGATION: LAST WEEK IN COURT…
CORONA SEEKS DISMISSAL.
POTENTIAL FIRST STEP TOWARD REOPENING THE RCC
LITIGATION UPDATE
Corona Files
Responses if Any Due March 19
Back in Court April 2

In Court This Week. Tuesday, we were once again in Court. There, we discussed expectations from Corona’s anticipated application for dismissal of the Roslyn Country Club litigation in which so many residents have engaged for years (Corona is the company that owns the Club real estate””Manny Malekan is Corona’s principal). Later that day, Corona’s attorneys, Jaraslawicz and Jaros LLC (J&J), filed its papers. Corona used a legal tool called an “Order to Show Cause” (OSC). The filing, running 200+ pages, can be downloaded on J&J’s website at http://www.jaroslawiczandjaros.com/documents/Corona-Realty-Order-to-Show-Cause.pdf.

Result of a Potential Dismissal. If Corona’s OSC is granted as requested, our cases would each be dismissed. Such a dismissal would satisfy a key requirement of Corona’s contract (Land Sale Agreement) to sell 7+ acres of Club land to the Town of North Hempstead (TONH). That transfer would be the first concrete step in reopening the RCC once again as “our Club” under the TONH plan. The dismissals requested would only be effective upon transfer of the Club land to the TONH.

Only Corona and the TONH are parties to the Land Sale Agreement. As a result, we cannot control whether they “work and play well” with one another and take all the steps that will actually result in the land transfer, although each party says it is eager to complete the deal. The Land Sale Agreement is part of the OSC available on the J&J website refered to above. Also, see below.

History in a Nutshell. If you are not up to date, some key points learned from TONH about the currently planned reopening of Roslyn Country Club are:
• Corona, in September, signed the Land Sale Agreement to sell the 7+ acres of Roslyn Country Club land to the TONH;
• TONH formed a “special improvement district” comprising about 700 homes in the greater RCC area that would run the RCC;
• Net costs of improving and operating the Club will be supported by district taxpayers (us!), who may use the Club each year without payment of additional membership fees; and
• Funding for approximately $7 million in renovation and improvements to Club by issuance of TONH bonds has already been approved;

The brand-new, rebuilt and reopened facility would offer tennis, swimming, dining, etc. at the center of our community, providing a significant recreational and lifestyle boost to residents. Realtors advise that such facilities attract buyers and have consistently opined that our home values will enjoy a much-needed boost as a result.

Some Concerns. Like many contracts, the Land Sale Contract requires a closing to happen only if specified events occur first. Key among them is that our lawsuits against Corona must be dismissed””the OSC now before the Court could effect such a dismissal. However, according to that contract, as we understand it, if the dismissal does not occur by March 11, the agreement may (but need not) be terminated. This deadline will not be satisfied by the OSC. However, Corona’s attorney said she is in discussions with her client about its willingness to revise the March 11 date, so a dismissal via the OSC could satisfy the revised deadline and require the land transfer to proceed. Once again, the dismissals, as we understand the OSC, would be effective only upon the land transfer. So if the contract is terminated, we do not believe the OSC as written would require dismissals.

We are also concerned that if a single resident or group of residents choose to continue litigating, the impact on both the transfer of land and the claims the rest of the residents is difficult to predict and could be negative.

What to Expect at This Point. You are not obligated to take any action unless you wish to file papers of your own (or have an attorney file them for you). The OSC indicates papers must be filed by March 19, 2014. If you want legal advice or analysis you should consult with an attorney.

You Will Not Recive the OSC Personally. Corona will not serve you with OSC papers because the Judge agreed to their request for “service by publication” under New York law. This means that Corona will serve you by printing notices in Newsday and The Roslyn News. That notice will: (1) give basic information about the OSC: (2) refer to J&Js website where you can download it; and (3) provide a phone number where you can request a paper copy (at your expense). The website where J&J posted the OSC is above and the phone is 212-227-2780.

PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL OR EMAIL US WITH YOUR QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS!

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