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Letter: Expected Controversy

Dear Editor:

Not surprisingly there is controversy surrounding the proposed re-zoning of 5 acres at Hempstead Harbor to consolidate the Dejana truck operation on West Shore Road. The location, a wetlands area that is a natural habitat for many species of birds, animals and plants, would be filled in and paved over as it would be squarely in the proposed site.

The company currently occupies two properties in Port Washington. On Sagamore Hill Road there is a sprawling office/storage building, while on Manorhaven Boulevard in an industrial area, there are several old sanitation vehicles and an extensive, unsanitary truck cleaning operation.

After visiting all these sites, and before a final vote on the proposed re-zoning, we hope each council member will question whether it really makes sense to fuel, clean and store nearly 100 sanitation vehicles, many of them diesel-burning with resultant carcinogens, in close proximity to a church, a school, a beach, a soccer field, a nursing home, a nature preserve, a senior residential community and a golf course. One can only conclude that it would be environmental madness!

Laurence and Marian Caffin


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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