(Editor’s note: At last week’s BOE meeting, Daly Principal Elaine Ajello proudly announced that the $250,000 goal, which was necessary to fund the Mobile Medical Unit through the Children’s Health Fund, had been reached. We asked her to give us the background and some of the details of this enormously worthwhile cause, for those readers who are unfamiliar with it.)
In September of 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast with devastating results. The seven principals of the Port Washington School District felt that we as district administrators should respond, especially to the schools that had been hit beyond repair. We soon found out the damage was so severe that it would take months before our efforts would be valuable to the damaged school districts.
The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce has announced that the ninth edition of Try Port First is now available and is being distributed free to residents and visitors.
Warm temperatures and blue skies (a rare occurrence this spring) led to record crowds at HarborFest on Sunday, June 7. The lower Main Street area and Town Dock were filled with people enjoying a delightful day on the waterfront of beautiful Manhasset Bay. The Fun Park and Fun Stage attracted thousands of children and their families, as did the craft fair, food court and vendor booths. The model boat regatta at the Mill Pond also had a record number of participants, and Art in the Park was busy all day. A big attraction on Main Street was the Wells Fargo Stage Coach, which offered free rides to cowboys and cowgirls of all ages. The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce, organizer of HarborFest, announced that next year HarborFest will be on Sunday, June 6, 2010 – Save The Date!
Visitors to the library’s Latino Festival on May 17 enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon.
As Library Board President Julie Geller posted on Facebook, “The Latino Festival was just fabulous. The warmth and beauty of Central and South America was communicated to a wide and appreciative audience. The textile exhibitions were varied and exciting. The food was delicious and the entertainment spectacular. The children learned so much about each country and enjoyed the crafts. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this outstanding event.”
This event was made possible by a generous grant from the Friends of the Library and sponsors Sylvia and Neil Blumstein and Optimum. The festival was co-sponsored with Landmark on Main Street, the Children’s Center and the Parent Resource Center.
Phillips, whose most recent book is Lark and Termite, talked about how fiction is written. Cautioning, “Of course, it is different for every writer,” she went on to describe her particular approach. She said, “I seem to need a deep, years-long involvement.” (Her latest novel was nine years in the making.) She added, “I never plan what I write. Stories occur to me in the first line, then I follow it to the next line, and then the next. It is always a surprise for me.”
Last month PYA executives made the decision to forgo chemical pesticide treatments on Lion’s Field off Sandy Hollow Road. The fields will be maintained with natural products and modified horticultural methods, including frequent aeration and over seeding throughout the season.
“PYA has always considered the health of the children as a critical part of the program and have had licensed professionals supply and administer the products at Lions Field. After looking at the mounting evidence and getting advice from experts in the area of natural products, we decided that maintaining the fields naturally was the best option for the kids and the environment,” said Billy Omeltchenko, president of the PYA. “We are optimistic we can make this work.”
Kicking off the HarborFest weekend events will be the Kiwanis Club’s Dinner on the Dock, with great food, music and dancing, which will take place on Friday, June 5 at 7 p.m. Admission is just $25 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
At a recent public hearing, the overwhelming majority of residents who testified expressed opposition to the Town of North Hempstead (TONH) proposal to build a two-and-a-half story, tiered parking garage at the Port Washington railroad station. The proposed design would offer a net gain of 212 parking spaces. Listening to the testimony were Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Council members Fred Pollack, Maria-Christina Poons, and Thomas Dwyer, as well as Town Clerk Leslie Gross.
No one denied that parking at the station is a problem. A number of residents, however, feared that the garage would encourage more vehicular traffic, thus adding to the congestion on Main Street. One local resident said, “Traffic is already a nightmare. You can easily wait three or four changes of light. I invite anyone, including the board members, to come and sit on my porch and watch the traffic.” Another said, “I walk to the station every day. The last thing in the world this town needs is more cars.”
Town Clerk Leslie Gross, ably assisted by Town Historian Joan Kent, presented the story in words and pictures of the suffragettes, those courageous women (and some men, too) who won for women the right to vote. The presentation, written by Kent, was held at the Port Washington Library as part of the celebration of Women’s History Month. It featured movement leaders who resided in or who had a connection to the Town of North Hempstead. The presenters also arranged for a library exhibit to celebrate women’s suffrage. It was interesting to see that the audience included a number of mother-daughter pairs. Young readers take note: It was less than 100 years ago that women were finally deemed worthy of the right to vote.
Frank Borzellieri was born and raised in our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. He attended PS 17 and, in June 1950 graduated from Metropolitan Vocational High School. In February 1951, he joined the United States Marine Corps and was sent to basic training in Parris Island, South Carolina boot camp. From boot camp, he was sent for intensive combat training in Port Pendleton, California.
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