Written by Katie Piacentini, Kpiacentini@antonnews.com Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00
Elections in the Village of Port Washington North will not be uncontested after all.
Selwyn G. Rudnick, a resident of the condo-community Mill Pond Acres, has announced that he is running a write-in campaign for village trustee. Port Washington North Mayor Bob Weitzner and Trustees Michael Schenkler and Sherman Scheff are running for re-election on Tuesday, March 19.
According to Rudnick’s campaign poster, he has a long list of credentials, having served the board of directors for both the Port Washington and the Manhasset Chambers of Commerce, and serving as the past president and current secretary/treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Manhasset-Port Washington. A retiree, Rudnick is a past employee of Merrill Lynch as a commodity and stock broker, and a past founder of Fenner Reed and Jackson, Inc. He is a former captain in the United States Air Force and is the Commander of Post 5063 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Manhasset. Rudnick is a member of the Board of Directors for the Port Washington Senior Center, the advisory committee for Project Independence, and he is a former trustee for the Village of Munsey Park.
“I plan to be involved in finding solutions which benefit all the residents of Port Washington North,” Rudnick stated. His campaign platform says he will be a fresh voice in village policies, hold an independent view not tied to any village party, maintain balance between board and village residents, communicate effectively with all residents of Port Washington North, serve to support all residents of Port Washington North and develop a responsible, written financial plan for the future.
Weitzner and Trustees Schenkler and Scheff issued the following statement:
“We have worked to ensure that the Village of Port Washington North progresses in a direction that benefits all of our residents. We as a team have kept Port North’s taxes below 2 percent each and every year – before there was a cap – and have taken a special and personal interest in making sure that the Village of Port Washington North is one of the most fiscally sound villages on Long Island. We repair and maintain our roads and sidewalks and keep them safe. We continue to trim and plant trees throughout the village. We created the Baywalk Park for the entire Port Washington community to use and enjoy, and helped calm Shore Road, making it safer and more aesthetically pleasing. We also led the preparation for and clean-up of Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, and in doing so implemented many policies and procedures that will better prepare the village in the event another natural disaster occurs in the future. We wish to continue improving Port North by being re-elected and taking on new and exciting projects that will continue to improve the quality of life for our residents.
“This brings us to the write-in campaign that we were made aware of just recently. The issue is in no way about the qualifications of the candidate. The concern for the three of us running has more to do about effective and equal representation on our board. The fact is, the write-in candidate lives in Mill Pond Acres and being supported by their board. If elected, there would be two trustees from Mill Pond, with the possibility of actually adding a third and becoming a majority based on the results of next year’s election. We don’t think that is in the best interests of our village. Simply put, our position is that we feel our current board best represents the fabric and the voice of the entire Port North community. We are asking all Port Washington North residents to express their desire to keep our board intact and preserve their representation, by coming out and voting for Mayor Weitzner and Trustees Schenkler and Scheff on March 19.”
The village election takes place on Tuesday, March 19, from noon to 9 p.m., at the Port Washington North Village Hall, located within Stop & Shop Plaza at 71 Old Shore Road in Port Washington.
Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00
On June 1, the Lutheran Church of Our Savior on Franklin Avenue held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the Port Washington community to celebrate its $1.7-million expansion and renovation. The money has been donated by the congregation as well as through fundraising efforts that have taken place for over a decade. BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers designed the expansion and renovations, and Triton Construction served as the general contractor.
“I am very excited that we were able to improve our facilities for the benefit of the congregation as well as the entire Port Washington community,” said Reverend Dr. Charles R. Vogeley. “I would like to thank all congregation and project team members who made today’s re-opening celebration possible. In particular, I would like to recognize Tom Rice, who managed the entire project on behalf of our church, Roger Smith and BBS Architects, who designed the beautiful addition and new interiors, and the tireless supporter of the Port Washington community and parish secretary, after whom we have named the new kitchen, Veronica Ann Mosby,” Reverend added.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Café Music, the Friday night music series at the Dolphin Bookshop, will showcase a diverse line up of new and returning musicians this month. The series began on Friday, June 7, with songwriters Nikki Talley and Rupert Wates, performing in Port Washington for the first time. Talley performs Americana and Folk music with her husband. Based in North Carolina, she was excited to include Dolphin in her northeast tour. Wates is an award winning songwriter who also made his Dolphin debut.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
On May 23, the Port Washington Badminton team won its second straight Nassau County Championship by defeating Calhoun by a score of 4-3. This is the third year in a row that Port has played Calhoun in the county finals, with each contest decided by a score of 4-3. In many ways this season followed the same pattern as last year. Of the thirty five teams in the county, Calhoun and Port entered the playoffs as the one and two seeds, respectively. They were Conference I co-champions, but because Calhoun’s margin of victory was greater than Port’s in their two regular season matches, the Colts got the number one seed.
On April 16, Port travelled to Calhoun and lost 1-6. The final team score, however, did not reflect how close the match actually was. Four of Calhoun’s wins came in three set matches (matches are best of three) that came down to the final few points. According to Coach David O’Connor, “It was the best 1-6 loss I’ve ever seen. We walked out of their gym very confident that we could beat them in the future. It may have been a major loss on paper, but I think it really got our players motivated for the rest of the season.”
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
In only its third season, Port Rowing has grown from an exciting start up to a Long Island powerhouse, to a state champion, and now to a top national contender. Three boats qualified from New York State championships to represent Port Rowing at the largest high school Regatta in the world, The Stotesbury Cup, in Philadelphia. There were over 150 schools from America and Canada at the event, and Port Rowing came right out of the gate on fire. The team advanced all three boats into the second round of top 18. In the second round the boats fell just shy of the top 6 final by mere seconds. In the end, the Boys Freshman 8 took 12th overall, and the girl’s lightweight four and men’s junior eight took 7th overall. In the Adaptive category, Michael and Molly took home the title with a demanding victory in the double. It was a great achievement from the pair that just started rowing together less than a year ago to win the Stotesbury Cup.