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Six Port Teams Play To Strike Out Cancer

On a perfect day to play a baseball game, the Schreiber High School and Weber Middle School players played six — all in support of the fight against cancer.

Dubbed Day At The Diamond Strike Out Cancer, the April 27 event continued the Port school district’s yearlong involvement in fundraising for the American Cancer Society in partnership with student athletes and their parents. The culmination of their efforts is set for Saturday, June 15, at Schreiber’s track at 7 p.m. Relay for Life will celebrate cancer survivors, remembering those who have been lost to the disease, and help raise more funds for the continued fight against cancer.

The games, all played on the fields at Guggenheim Elementary, featured the girls’ softball team from Weber and the softball team (they played twice) from Schreiber. The boys’ baseball team from Weber and both junior varsity and varsity teams from Schreiber participated. Teams from Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Mineola and Herricks were their opponents, throughout the day, which began at 9 a.m. and lasted past 6 p.m. Parents staffed refreshment stands and tee-shirt stands to raise funds. The athletes had been issued pledge cards to sell to friends, relatives and neighbors as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer ACS initiative.

Boys’ coaches who supported the day’s program were Matt Holzer (varsity) and his assistant, Joe DelGais, junior varsity head Phil Spotteck and Weber’s Derrick Novinski.  Eric Sutz coached the girls’ varsity, assisted by Patty Borzon. Weber’s participating coach was Rich Miglietta.

Against a backdrop of the Coaches vs. Cancer cards that had been attached to the fences and backstops, and pink streamers and balloons, Port Superintendent Kathleen Mooney threw out the first ball, a symbolic pink softball. Dr. Mooney was impressed with the event, her first one as Superintendent, though she’s been in the district for 13 years. “I’m very proud of our coaches and our students in getting involved in such a good cause,” she said. “It speaks well of our community that they’re giving back.”

Stephanie Joannon, Port’s Athletic Director, was also at Guggenheim and was thrilled with the turnout. “The big thing is bringing in the three levels of our baseball and softball teams,” she said. “It’s a great day of softball and a great day of baseball for a great cause.”

Schreiber Principal Ira Pernick was also impressed. “This speaks well of a community that guides kids to being civic-minded and philanthropic,” he added as he watched the games with his family. “I’m always very proud of the students and their hard work and dedication to a larger purpose.”

Parents Lee Anne Vetrone-Timothy, Georgine Herzwig and Beth Horn were the key organizers of the event. “On a beautiful day for baseball and softball,” Vetrone-Timothy enthusiastically said, “the Port Washington community is taking a huge swing to combat cancer.” Vetrone-Timothy, who is also a member of the Port Washington Education Foundation’s board of directors, added, “Strike Out Cancer is a true collaborative effort by the coaches, our coordinators and our parent volunteers.”


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.


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