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The Voice’s Chris Mann At The Landmark

Friday, May 3

Community Chest Citizen Of The Year

Monday, May 6

Young Women’s Health Forum

Thursday, May 9

Saturdays thru May 25

Dolphin Bookstore & Café

Storytime for Children, 10 am to 11 pm. $5 per child


Tuesdays & Fridays

Chaverim Senior Friendship Group of The Community Synagogue

160 Middle Neck Road, Port Washington, NY. Tuesdays at 10:30 am – Yiddish with Cecile Upadhyay. Fridays at 10:30 am – Chair Yoga with Beth Mohr. For more information, visit http://www.commsyn.org/Chaverim/


Friday, May 3

The Voice’s Chris Mann At The Landmark

Chris Mann shone as a finalist on The Voice and his star has risen even higher since the hit show’s second season. His debut full-length CD, Roads, shot straight to Number 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart and Top 5 on Billboard’s Classical Chart. He played for President & First Lady Obama as part of TNT’s Christmas in Washington special and appeared on The Today Show, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan and NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center Special.  His very own PBS Special aired in early March. Tickets for his Friday, May 3 concert at Landmark are Premium $30; Standard $25 with $5 discounts for “Friends of Landmark.” The box office phone is 516-767-6444 or www.landmarkonmainstreet.org. 8 p.m.


Monday, May 6

Community Chest Citizen Of The Year

The Community Chest will honor Claudia Rouhana as the 2012 Citizen of the Year at the Port Washington Public Library at 7:30 p.m. Come join us and this free event to recognize Claudia for her many contributions to Port Washington.  For more information on the event and the journal, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 767-2121.  

Film Screening of The English Teacher

In November 2011, The English Teacher spent a week at Landmark on Main Street filming scenes in our theater and green room; even some high school students from Port Washington were part of the audience. We are thrilled to host a Conversations From Main Street with the film’s producer, Bob Salerno and a screening of the movie. Tickets are free but reservations must be made in advance by calling the box office at 516-767-6444 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, May 9

Young Women’s Health Forum

Come join or just listen to an informational Q&A session on women’s health topics at the Manhasset Public Library. The talk at 6 p.m. is sponsored by The Katie Oppo Research Fund. Discussed will be topics such as Ovarian Cancer Prevention and Detection, Birth Control Usage and Safety, and general gynecological issues. Speakers Dr. Richard Barakat of Memorial Slone Kettering and Dr. Anita Sadaty of North Shore University Hospital will be the speakers. For more information, please visit teamkatieoppo.org

Rosh Chodesh Group at Port Jewish Center

The Port Jewish Center’s Rosh Chodesh group welcomes women to take a morning for Jewish study and renewal. It’s a warm, friendly intergenerational group exploring new and timeless topics. (men welcome too) 9:30-11:00 at 20 Manorhaven Blvd.


Friday, May 10

Spotlight Gala (Take 2) Starring Stephanie J. Block

Hurricane Sandy was truly a show-stopper for our Spotlight Gala planned for November 3, 2012. But, we’re taking it from the top and hope you’ll join us for our Spotlight Gala (Take 2). Broadway Leading Lady Stephanie J. Block will enchant with a concert performance followed by a fabulous celebration in the tented Spotlight Club. Tickets/info at www.landmarkonmainstreet.org or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   7 p.m.


Saturday, May 11

Tony DeSare in Making Love Songs

“With his dark hair, bright brown eyes and toothpaste smile that rarely fades,” raved The New York Times, “DeSare is one of the most promising young male performers. He is a Sinatra acolyte in his early 30s who sings Prince as well as Johnny Mercer.” Tickets for his Saturday concert at Landmark are Premium $50; Standard $45 with $5 discounts for “Friends of Landmark.” The box office phone is 516-767-6444 or www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.  8 p.m.

PortFest Takes Two

Come with your friends and family to PortFest 2013. The community, music and arts festival will be fun for the entire family. Two mobile stages will have a total of nine bands (made up of local students and adults) performing all day for 30-45 minutes each.  There will be dance performances, a wide array of art activities for both kids and adults, and local food vendors. Take along a blanket. The event is free of charge, Schreiber High School south ball field, 11 am-5 pm. (see PortFest article inside this issue).

Schreiber Class of ‘83 30th Reunion

Come see old friends and old faces from the past at H on the Harbor, 410 Main St, Port Washington, 7:30 to 11:30pm. For more information visit facebook or contact Deb Josephs at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Saturday, May 11 & Sunday, May 12 (Mother’s Day)

6th Annual HomeFreeHome.org Garage Sale

Time to go through your closets, dressers, toy chest, kitchen, basement, garage & attic. Donations can be dropped off starting Wednesday, May 1 through Friday May 10  @ Mill Pond Road, (cross street Shore Road). Leave all clothing donations in plastic bags (in case of rain) under the carport, on the left hand side of the house. Extra large donations (furniture or heavy items) can also be left in the carport. All proceeds will help an individual or family with their mobility needs.


Sunday, May 12

Auditions for Grease (With Adults!)

Harbor Musical Theater Company, musical theater division within Port Washington Play Troupe, will present Grease at the Landmark on Main Street’s Jeanne Rimsky Theater July 19-21 and 26-38, 2013 -- with adult actors (ages 30+) playing all the parts! Auditions will be at the Elks Lodge (30 Haven Ave., Port Washington). Sunday, May 12th 4-8 pm and Monday, May 13th 7-9 pm. Prepare 16 bars of music, be ready to read from the script, and wear comfortable clothing. Callbacks will be Wednesday, May 15 from 7-9pm. Questions welcome at (516) 473-6243 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Wednesday, May 15

Dolphin Bookstore & Cafe

Bullying Prevention Discussion. Meet author Karen Sirus for a book signing and talk about her book Stand Up $15.00 per couple (includes book) 7:30-8:30 pm.


Friday, June 14  

PYA Dinner Dance Save the Date

Port Washington Youth Activities (PYA) Dinner Dance will be at the North Hempstead Country Club from 7:30 pm-midnight. Come celebrate its Golden Anniversary where we will induct Billy Omeltchenko and Stephen Zaccherio (in memoriam) into its Hall of Fame.  Inquiries and reservations may be directed to Ron Henderson, PYA Executive Director at (516) 944-7921.  Information is also available on the PYA website at www.pyasports.org.

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com