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.
Confirming rumors that had been flying around the village for days, Manorhaven Mayor Giovanna Giunta announced last Thursday that village attorney Charles Casolaro had been “terminated effective October 8.” James E. Toner was appointed village attorney to replace Casolaro. Toner’s practice, Law Office of James E. Toner is located in Mineola.
Casolaro and Giunta declined to comment on the reason for the termination.
Friends of Sands Point will hold a Masquerade Ball to launch a month-long display of rooms done over by various designers, with the evening to include the painting of a nude model.
An artist will be creating an oil painting of a naked woman at the charity fundraiser, which will be held Nov. 1 and kicks off a design showhouse called “Titans of Business and the Best of Design.”
Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink is truly a busy man these days, busier still now that he is running for Town Clerk of North Hempstead. In addition to serving as a Nassau County Legislator, which is considered a part time job with part time pay, Wink is a practicing attorney. While many people in today’s economic environment may work at two jobs, very few of them are likely to be on call 24/7 as is standard for a county legislator.
Wink is not complaining. He says he loves his law practice and he loves representing the people of the 11th legislative district even though most of his work days are 12 hours long.
As Election Day draws closer and the Town of North Hempstead will soon have a new supervisor, several pressing issues have surfaced. With Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth seeking the office as a Democrat and Town Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio running on the Republican ticket, three major points stand out: transparency in government, problems with the town’s building department and the question of what the town does for the villages.
All along both candidates have emphasized a real need for transparency in government. Discussing the issue with Bosworth, she reiterated the need for a very open government, with town board meetings streamed live on the Internet, as well as eventually televising them on public access channels. She also spoke of making better use of the town’s website, with pertinent news regarding village boards.
A hotly contested race for North Hempstead Town Clerk between incumbent Leslie Gross and County Legislator Wayne Wink has left many town residents scratching their heads wondering exactly what it is that the town clerk does. From pictures in local newspapers one might think that the job is one long photo opportunity. Leslie Goss, the North Hempstead Town Clerk since her appointment in 2007 and subsequent election, seems to be everywhere. Well, in reality she is and not just during campaign season. This reporter shadowed Ms. Gross for The Port Washington News for just one morning and was left breathless by the pace.
Starting with a Manhasset Chamber of Commerce breakfast at 7:30 a.m., then back to the office for paperwork, phone calls and e-mails, the morning was non-stop movement. At 10:30 a.m., it was over to Town Hall to open bids for the demolition of a building in Westbury. There are specific requirements with respect to issuing Requests for Information, Requests for Bids and then opening and recording the responses which are the responsibility of the clerk’s office.
The Manorhaven Family Street Festival will be held on Saturday Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The fair will feature activities geared to children and adults including games, face painting, food and booths selling a variety of merchandise.
Manorhaven Boulevard will be closed to traffic between Dunwood Road and Firwood Road.
For Patricia Bridges of Port Washington, life is all about symmetry with a dash of whimsy.
She works with clay, molding it into myriad shapes and sizes to fill an inner need and outward desire to have her work admired.
Most recently, that admiration came as a nominee in the craft category of the Martha Stewart “American Made” contest, which showcases up-and-coming artists. She was the only potter representing Long Island, and despite garnering just under 4,000 votes, was not chosen a winner for the contest that wrapped up last week.
This past Saturday night, the creative vision for a spectacular one-night only, local lounge/night club was born right here at 273 Main Street in one of Ayhans many storefronts, this one having been vacant for almost two years.
The motive was clear — to throw a memorable 50th birthday party in this more than 2,000 square foot room for Port’s Ivy Santodonato, wife of Angelo who owns Angelo’s Hair Salon on Shore Road. It was important to Angelo to make a memorable and special night for wife Ivy to remember for years to come. Close friend Robyn Dell encouraged the couple to hold the party here and soon after began dreaming up the décor and trimmings for the celebration. Dell became the party set designer and got to work fast and furiously. The food was conveniently and literally walked in from Ayhan’s just four doors down the block.
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