Several big-ticket questions cast a pall over an educational discussion at the school board meeting in Schreiber High School auditorium on Tuesday, March 9.
On Friday, March 12, the Port Washington-Manhasset Office of Emergency Management (PWMOEM) launched its NorthShoreAlert mass notification system (NorthShoreAlert.org), enhancing communication and emergency preparedness across the Port Washington peninsula, which covers all of Port Washington and portions of Manhasset. The launch of this system took place at the Sands Point Village Hall and the system was demonstrated for all attendees through a test call.
Saturday, March 6 was not a school day – but you could be excused for thinking so, as C. P. Weber Middle School hummed with hundreds of middle-schoolers and their coaches, helpers, and mascots. Weber was hosting 43 teams, representing 29 Long Island schools, in the daylong Division B Regional Competition of the 2010 Science Olympiad.
Storm water drainage, delinquent taxes, and the new location for the village office were among the topics discussed at the Baxter Estates Board of Trustees meeting that was held on March 4. Additionally, the village is holding an election on Tuesday, March 16.
The climate outside Schreiber High School was cold and wet on Feb. 23, but indoors, the related themes of volunteer and community spirit carried the night.
The very first announcement of the evening was Board President Karen Sloan’s request that the audience “Please take note of our beautiful podium,” honoring a request made two weeks before by community member Hank Ratner.
Sloan continued with praise for the parent volunteers in the community. “This is the perfect opportunity to recognize parent volunteers, who give of their own time and effort, from before the first day of kindergarten with the bus monitors program, to the Senior Prom, and everything in between. They are a key part of communication between schools and parents, in addition to significant fund-raising accomplishments. On behalf of the entire board, I thank you all for all the public and behind-the-scenes work you do.” Then the entire board stood and applauded the parents and other volunteers in the audience.
After the heavy snowstorm last Friday, several Port Washington residents showed off their creativity by building giant snowmen.
Mark and Julee Freitas and their children, Grace and Christopher, built a large snowman to celebrate the snow day – one that towers high above everyone at nine and a half feet tall. The Freitas family said that their snowman took about an hour and a half to build. “The second stage was the hardest to put in place since it weighed over an estimated two hundred pounds,” Mark said. “We constructed a ramp out of snow next to the bottom stage and then rolled the second stage into position. My wife Julee and I asked that the kids stay away during this process as it could have fallen on them. We used lemons for eyes and a cucumber for the nose. The snow was perfect.”
Sandra Gonzalez, a 21-year-old art student, said that she woke up on Friday morning to “the dreadful task of shoveling snow.” Instead of retreating indoors after spending an hour digging out her car, she decided to make the best of it and have fun in the snow. Sandra and her friend James Cawley, a liberal arts student at Nassau Community College, spent the snowy day building two gigantic snow people on Dunes Lane in Manorhaven. “Almost eight feet tall, they greet every onlooker with a wave while holding each other with their free arm,” Sandra said.
Recent weather reports are showing that this winter has been one of the snowiest ones on record. While everyone looks forward to warmer temperatures as spring approaches this month, these creative Port Washington residents have given the community a fun memory of the massive amount of snow we have had this season.
Armstrong Capital, the owner of Soundview Shopping Center, would like to tear down the small free-standing building which currently houses Carvel, a small Bank of America branch, and the space vacated by Boston Market, according to Bob Weitzner, mayor of Port Washington North. “There is a proposal to remove that,” says Weitzner, “and put another building of the exact same dimensions” closer to Shore Road, inside and to the north of the main entrance to the shopping center.
Many Port Washington residents attended the recent Town of North Hempstead board meeting to urge the board to vote against removing nine metered parking spots from lower Main Street. This plan was proposed to create a turning lane from Main Street onto Shore Road, which is a congested intersection. Despite the opposition to this plan from these residents, the town board passed this ordinance. The town is also moving forward with plans to build a parking lot on the corner of Main Street and Jackson Street to create additional parking next to the area where the metered parking spots are being removed.
Superintendent Dr. Geoffrey Gordon presented the first draft of the school district’s 2010-2011 operating budget to a large and attentive crowd at Weber Middle School auditorium on Feb. 2.
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