Anyone who loves fine coffee is going to be thrilled when they step foot into Irma Avenue’s Sweet Comfort Bakery just off Main Street.
For the past several years, this well-known passionate, social enterprise bakery/coffee shop has built its business around offering employment to adults with developmental disabilities.
Community Mainstreaming Associates (CMA) is the parent company for Sweet Comfort Bakery, and it is now joining forces and coffee pots with a company called COFFEED. This is a big plus for Port Washington because, “It is our mission to support communities in a meaningful way by giving 10% of sales to local charities,” said COFFEED Chief Operating Officer Abe King. COFFEED, which is based in Long Island City on Northern Boulevard in the Brooklyn Grange Building “is about connectivity, collaborations and building the community in which we operate,” King added.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that a Port Washington man is facing multiple charges after he solicited another person on Craigslist to impersonate him for the purpose of taking an emergency medical technician certification test in exchange for a fee.
The arrest is the result of a joint investigation between DA Rice’s office and the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, with the cooperation of the Port Washington Fire Department.
Bernard Shore, 65, was arrested by DA investigators and charged with offering a false instrument for filing in the First Degree, criminal solicitation in the Fourth Degree, and two counts of official misconduct. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.
In a surprise development, North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio sent a letter on August 7 to her colleagues on the council informing them that she has asked Dejana Developers LLC to withdraw its application to develop a site on West Shore Road. “If the company refuses I am urging the Town Board to reject the company’s plan to store, maintain and repair some 80 garbage trucks at this site.” The letter does not mention the 10,000 gallon above ground storage tank that is part of the development plan.
The letter explains that she has conducted her own research, met with dozens of individual and community leaders and environmental experts, including David Jakim, an environmentalist who has been studying the wetlands adjacent to the proposed development. Jakim’s study of the area has been on going for quite some time and preceded any public notice about the Dejana project. Jakim said at the July Town Board meeting, he began the study because of the unique nature of the habitat, flora and animal life in the wetlands.
Art is original. Art is different. And for SoulShine’s Dvora Troshane, art is persevering.
Troshane, the founder of Port Washington staple Dvora’s Art Studio and Peace Love Art Studio, has now taken her artistic talents to 146 Main Street (right next to El Rey de La Cocina), under the name SoulShine.
SoulShine, like Troshane’s past art studios, is centered on art class for children (and adults) that expose students to a variety of artistic mediums including drawing, painting, beading, and more. What makes SoulShine different from her old studios is that Troshane is really trying to move away from just “walk-in art,” as she calls it, and focus more on children’s classes, birthday parties, workshops, art camps, and the occasional Ladies’ Night Out. Troshane wants to share art with the world, and this is what makes the artist’s classes so fun — her passion and dedication to her students.
The Trustees of the Village of Port Washington North voted on August 6 to accept the proposal of J. Kapadia & Bhavat Patel for the sale and development of 7.45 acres of land in the village.
The property is adjacent to Mill Pond Acres on the south side and bounded by Glamford, Radcliff and Avenue C. The proposed project is unique in that all approvals necessary for a 44 unit, 55 and over community have already been granted by the village and the Nassau County Planning Board under the terms of a previous contract for development which did not proceed as planned.
Joan Hutchinson, the owner of 5J’s Jewelers, has been a fixture in town for over 35 years. Her specialty is everyday affordable jewelry, precious metals, precious and semi-precious gem stones, and children’s jewelry. Her store was first in the Soundview Shopping Center, back when there was a bowling alley there. She moved to a location on Main Street, and then to her current location further down on Main Street, in the Mini Mall. Yet, at the end of August, the oldest single-owner jewelry store in Port will be closing.
A small group of Port Washington residents, who all went to Schreiber High School together, hope to keep the momentum going on Sunday, August 11 when they host their second annual “Hoops For Hope 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament” at Chabad of Port Washington at 1 p.m.
In little more than a year, their growing charity, Hope for Hope has raised over $45,000, which has already been used to build housing for 17 orphaned girls in Nyaharuru, a small village in Kenya. That’s just the beginning, according to Chipeng Liang, who started the organization with co-founder Dan Reitman. “Our goal is to be able to do this for many more children in need on a global level.”
The Port Washington BU-12 Pythons won the LIJSL Long Island Cup Inter A final by defeating the Uniondale Bilboa 4-0. It was the Pythons’ first appearance in the LI Cup finals, which is a single game elimination tournament held during the spring season. The Pythons reached the finals by outscoring their opponents 14-3, which included defeating the divisional champions 5-2.
In the final, the Pythons quickly dominated their opponent in the first half with three quick goals by Mark Vinciguerra, David Martinez and Riki Kato. Goalkeeper Luca Lewis sealed the game by scoring from the penalty spot in the final minutes. In addition to a fine offensive display, the team limited the Uniondale team to just a few shots during the entire contest. It was a total team effort and a perfect way to end a fantastic season.
In addition to the Pythons reaching the LI Cup final, three other Port Washington Soccer Club teams reached the finals in their respective age groups. This was the first time this many teams from the Port Washington Soccer Club have reached the finals and the Pythons were proud to represent the club alongside the other finalists.
“When I was in my 40’s and my husband died,” said Becky Aikman, author of “Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives” (Random House, 2013), “I was painfully aware of how ill-prepared I was to deal with it. There are a lot of misconceptions and clichés. I was suddenly slapped with the connotation of ‘widow’, and expected to be perpetually sad. So, I decided to become more informed.”
Every summer, students in grades 5 and 6 give back to the Port Washington Public Library by volunteering their time in the Children’s Room. Participants receive training from library staff, and then volunteer two hours each week from July 8 to August 16. “We take a maximum of 50 kids, and then have a waiting list,” said Rachel S. Fox, Director of Children’s Services for the PWPL. “We rotate 2 kids every two hours that the library is open.”
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