When Port Washington Police Lieutenant and Commander of Patrol Brian Staley was sworn in as Deputy Chief of the Police District on June12, it was not only a testament to his qualifications, hard work and dedication to the department and the people of Port Washington; it was also an historic event as well. Staley is the first African American to be named to a chief’s position in the Port Washington Police Department, and only the third African American to be a chief in all of Nassau County.
Dr. Kathleen A. Mooney has served as Superintendent of Schools for the Port Washington School District since August 1, 2012. As she approaches her first anniversary in the position, she spoke with the Port Washington News about her goals, vision and long-range plans for the district.
Port Washington News (PWN): How long have you been in the Port Washington school district?
It was a beautiful first day of summer for the 389 seniors who marched to beat of Pomp and Circumstance for graduation day at Schreiber High School.
Principal Ira Pernick welcomed the students, parents and friends saying that they had hoped for a day like this but did plan for bad weather. His speech expanded on the theme of planning, how it is important to plan, but to also allow for change.
The Manorhaven Pool opened for the season on Saturday, June 15 at 11a.m., with a smaller crowd than in past years and mixed reviews. The beautiful pool, which underwent a $12 million renovation before the summer of 2011, looks like a resort at a five diamond hotel with water-flowing palm trees, professional landscaping, and a great slide for children. The pool is very clean, very safe, and lots of fun for young children. It offers families with young children a place to cool off and a place to play it has a great slide and a number of child-friendly amenities that include bucket-type water fountains to play in. Awnings and chaise lounges are on the pool deck to provide shade for patrons.
Yet, not everyone is a fan. “Manorhaven Pool is great for kids but lousy for adults” said Stephen Greenberg, who was with his young son John wading in the pool. “Adults cannot swim here; the pool is too shallow,” added Greenberg. “Manorhaven Pool is a great place for my 4 year old son, but my 14 year old daughter hates the place,” said Mona Kronfeld.
Long Island Railroad president, Helena Williams, along with other top executives of the company began reaching out to Port Washington residents last week in an effort to educate the public with respect to the proposed railroad track expansion at the Port Washington railroad yard. They unveiled an information center at the railroad station which remained open and staffed all week, and followed up with a public meeting on Thursday evening, June 13, during which Williams gave a PowerPoint presentation and fielded questions from the audience.
The railroad’s efforts are directed towards winning over a skeptical public that voiced concerns regarding the loss of commuter parking spots due to the track expansion.
Patti Vonk announced earlier this month that she would be handing over the reigns of the Dolphin Bookshop to a new owner, long time employee Judith Mitzner.
Most of us in town don’t remember a time when Dolphin Bookshop wasn’t headed by a member of the Vonk family. Yet, the store first opened in 1946 and there were two previous owners. Mitzner’s recent purchase of this Port Washington treasure follows a history of employees taking over the ownership of the shop.
On June 1, the Lutheran Church of Our Savior on Franklin Avenue held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the Port Washington community to celebrate its $1.7-million expansion and renovation. The money has been donated by the congregation as well as through fundraising efforts that have taken place for over a decade. BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers designed the expansion and renovations, and Triton Construction served as the general contractor.
“I am very excited that we were able to improve our facilities for the benefit of the congregation as well as the entire Port Washington community,” said Reverend Dr. Charles R. Vogeley. “I would like to thank all congregation and project team members who made today’s re-opening celebration possible. In particular, I would like to recognize Tom Rice, who managed the entire project on behalf of our church, Roger Smith and BBS Architects, who designed the beautiful addition and new interiors, and the tireless supporter of the Port Washington community and parish secretary, after whom we have named the new kitchen, Veronica Ann Mosby,” Reverend added.
Café Music, the Friday night music series at the Dolphin Bookshop, will showcase a diverse line up of new and returning musicians this month. The series began on Friday, June 7, with songwriters Nikki Talley and Rupert Wates, performing in Port Washington for the first time. Talley performs Americana and Folk music with her husband. Based in North Carolina, she was excited to include Dolphin in her northeast tour. Wates is an award winning songwriter who also made his Dolphin debut.
The field lights will be blazing all night on Saturday, June 15 and into early Sunday morning at the Schreiber High track as the Campus Drive facility hosts the 12th annual Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
Opening ceremonies, beginning at 7 p.m., will feature one current Schreiber student and two Schreiber graduates who are also cancer survivors. The event, open to the public, is the culminating activity in Schreiber’s yearlong efforts on behalf of the fight against cancer. Port Washington students, parents and teachers, together, are looking to top last year’s $85,000 total by sunrise Sunday morning.
Father Patrick Whitney was ordained to the Priesthood in Dublin, Ireland in 1968. However, “Father Pat”, as we call him, has served all forty-five years in parishes in the Diocese of Rockville Center. We are privileged to say St. Peter of Alcantara Parish has been his assignment since 2006, as its thirteenth pastor.
Father Pat is a busy man, heading the Parish Business Office as well as visiting the sick at home and in the local hospitals and nursing homes. He is the celebrant at funeral masses throughout the year and he brings comfort to families at wake services. Father Pat is there for our families’ baptisms, weddings, and First Communions. He enjoys long walks in the neighborhood and short walks on the playground, where he chats with the school children. He enjoys traveling and has led a group of parishioners to the Holy Land and this summer to his beloved Ireland.
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