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Guggenheim Students’ Night At The Museum

Who wouldn’t want to spend the night at The American Museum of Natural History in N.Y.C – sleeping under the BIG blue whale? This spring, approximately 50 students from Guggenheim elementary school were able to do just that. Thanks to some industrious and creative teachers,  Erica Goldsmith, Natalie Miller, Mariann Dragunas and Virginia McMahon, and funding provided by the Port Washington Education Foundation, the dream trip became a reality! Students from 4th and 5th grade classes and E.S.L. students from 3rd, 4th and 5th grades were able to have the experience of a lifetime!

The teacher’s goal was to highlight their studies of the world, especially the sciences.  What better than to see, hear and experience the many museum exhibits firsthand.  The trip was a win-win for all involved…perhaps there were some future scientists in the group!

Students and parents who attended this event, had the following to say of their trip: Karen Devlin (Parent of Hannah Devlin - 5th Grade) “This trip was not only a rich educational experience but great family fun.  We loved every minute of it!” Sara Braunschweiger (5th grader) - “Sleeping under a blue whale with my dad is an experience I will never forget.” Yarlin Arias (5th grader) - “The trip was very fun!  We enjoyed looking at the butterflies.” Lisa Grossman (Parent of Maya Grossman - 4th grader) - “A once in a lifetime experience!” Max Goldman (5th grader) - “Mom, I feel like I own the whole museum.  This is awesome.”  Eduardo Martinez (Parent of 5th grader Fernanda Martinez) - “It was the most fun and interesting experience that I ever had with my daughter.”

The Port Washington Education Foundation is an independent, non-profit, community-based organization. The Foundation supports initiatives that enhance and expand educational opportunities over and above basic educational needs for all students in the Port Washington public schools. For more information:


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.


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.


Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


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