The Pride in Port event is a quarter century old this year, and still going strong. The community-wide, day-long celebration kicks off with a parade along upper Main Street to Schreiber High School. Edna Turner of Twin Pines of Port Washington Community Food Cooperative & Charitable Thrift Shop is the grand marshal of this year’s Pride in Port parade.
The football game begins at 1:30 p.m. versus Great Neck South and the Hall of Fame induction takes place at half time. Other Pride in Port events include Family Fun Day, a luncheon for seniors, and the Community Dinner Dance. There are many generous sponsors who keep this celebration going year in and year out.
Mostly it’s about the community coming together, residents of all ages and interests. The parade, as well as the football game, promises thrills, and the community dinner dance will provide a wonderful way of capping the day off.
More information about the events is featured in the special supplement contained within.
The Board of Commissioners of the Port Washington Police District voted unanimously to adopt the proposed district budget which includes a nearly 10 percent tax increase for 2014.
The vote for the 9.995 percent hike came at the conclusion of a public hearing Wednesday September 11. The hearing followed four public budget workshops during the last two months and the tax increase take effect Jan. 1. At the meeting where the hike was adopted, only four residents attended.
The Port Washington Board of Education started the new school year with poor grades, and a vow to do better.
The board disclosed publicly for the first time that Port’s test scores for new “common core” standards were lower than surrounding communities in many cases, while in some instances Port students outperformed their neighbors.
For instance, Port performed below some neighboring areas in third grade math, coming in above Nassau County and Glen Cove, but below 10 other districts.
Saint Mary’s High School will host the 21st Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic on Thursday, September 26, at Plandome Country Club. The shotgun start at 12 p.m. will kick off the day long event culminating with the fall alumni reception and dinner where Deacon Frank Bice will be honored with the Timothy J. Coughlin ‘76 Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to St. Mary’s High School.
The Coughlin family of Manhasset, which has deep ties to Port Washington, especially on the sporting front, established the Timothy J. Coughlin ‘76 Memorial Award in 2003. It is presented annually in memory of Tim Coughlin who was lost his life in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Village, town, county and state officials gathered last week on the lawn at Manorhaven Village Hall to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Five hundred Long Islanders were among those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, including Manorhaven residents Bart Ruggiere, Pepe Salerno, Antonio Rodriguez and Keiichiro Takahasha.
This year’s ceremony included the unveiling of an artifact from the World Trade Center, a beam weighing about 100 lbs. The beam was secured for the Village by the efforts of Village Mayor Giovanna Giunta and Deputy Clerk, Sharon Natalie, through a program offered by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
On Sunday September 22, at Eisenhower Park, Port Washington resident Kevin Conroy will be one of the recipients of the “2013 Run For Rob Courage Award.” This is the third year that the award is being presented. Voices Against Brain Cancer sponsors the upcoming “Run For Rob” charitable run/walk. The event was established three-years ago by the family of the late Dr. Robert Bernstein, a respected member of the Long Island community who passed away from brain cancer in 2013.
Although Kevin Conroy, 38, may not be present at the event because he has recently undergone surgery, he will most certainly be there in spirit.
The Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society invites residents to its old-fashioned Country Fair that celebrates the simpler things in life.
“This is a great way to spend time with family and friends, enjoy our local culture and history, and maybe even learn something along the way,” a spokeswoman said. The country fair will be Saturday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sands-Willets House at 336 Port Washington Blvd -- one block south of Uncle Giuseppe’s. (Rain date: Sunday, September 22)
Port Washington students will help steer the area toward safety this year.
Schreiber High School television production students and other community partners will create and produce the Public Service Announcements that will inform motorists and pedestrians of laws designed to keep them safe, as well as other traffic safety tips.
The PSA’s will target irresponsible driving activities such as using a phone, texting, not observing speed limits and not stopping at stop signs.
The Port Washington Library Foundation is hosting an event on September 28 with the goal of recognizing outstanding community residents and institutions and raising money for the library.
This year the foundation has three honorees: National Grid, with New York President and Port Washington resident Kenneth D. Daly accepting; Lucy Mazany, senior vice president and Long Island division manager of Valley National Bank;
and community activist Georgia DeYoung.
After Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast last fall, many towns found their community establishments devastated by flooding or winds. Now, a Port business is reaching out to help the library and elementary school of neighboring Oceanside replace the books lost to storm damage. The Dolphin Bookshop on Port Washington’s Main Street has started a book donation program, “Books with a Porpoise,” to benefit the Island Park Public Library and Walter S. Boardman Elementary School #9E in Oceanside, which lost over 10,000 books, CDs and DVDs.
As part of the program, The Dolphin Bookshop has decided to help the libraries complete their collections of holiday books, purchasing for Oceanside holiday-related books that the librarians request. Dolphin customers will be able to purchase one of those books- — at a 30% discount — to donate to the Oceanside libraries. “This gives people in Port Washington the ability to help as well,” Dolphin owner Judith Mitzner told The Port Washington News. Once the holidays are over, the program will continue.
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