The first place winner in the finals of the third grade boat regatta held on June 2 during HarborFest, for all Port Washington elementary schools, was Liana Ching of Daley, boat number 105. The second place winner was Abigail Muhlstock. The third place winner was Sahej Walia. The winners appear with Captain Bill Brakman.
Manorhaven Village elections have often been contentious, with charges of financial mismanagement and lack of transparency flying back and forth between opposing candidates. This year is proving to be very different.
There is only one contested race. Incumbent Trustee Dorit Zeevi-Farrington is up for re-election for a one-year term. She is being challenged by former trustee Jim Avena, who has remained an active voice in the community, despite his defeat in last year’s election.
The Port Washington Farmers’ Market will open their season this Saturday morning, June 8. The market will be set up on the Town Dock every Saturday until the last weekend in October. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon.
Each year we hear more and more about the health benefits of eating locally and seasonally. The market brings to the residents of Port and surrounding communities a wide selection of fresh foods grown or made here on Long Island or caught in nearby south shore waters. As regulars will tell you, nothing comes close to the taste of just-picked sautéed greens and potatoes (or squash) and a nice piece of fresh fish.
May is Lupus Awareness month, and Port Washington resident Elijah Fox has made a tremendous effort to help those who suffer from the disease. Elijah created the Fox Fighters team for his Bar Mitzvah project to raise money for the Lupus Foundation of America. The group raised $4,500, thanks to many people in the community. That total was the ninth highest among all groups.
The recent Friends of the Port Washington Library’s 44th Annual Book and Author Luncheon at North Hills Country Club showcased two impressive author speakers who are also captivating speakers.
They are Will Schwalbe, author of the best-selling End of Life Book Club and Pulitzer Prize nominated Dr. David Nasaw, author of The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy.
Amy Bass, president of Friends of the Library (FOL) welcomed 300 guests to the event thanking them for their continued support of FOL, which is the longest serving library volunteer group.
Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth announced her candidacy for North Hempstead Town Supervisor late last week. Bosworth, a Democrat and a longtime Great Neck resident who represents the county’s 10th legislative district, told the Port Washington News that she is “proud” to announce her candidacy.
“I believe my record of leadership, hard work and building consensus while serving as a Nassau County legislator and Board of Education president uniquely qualify me to continue the legacy of strong, responsive and transparent government, in the tradition of Jon Kaiman and May Newburger,” she stated.
Attendees of the Port Washington Memorial Day parade might see a familiar face waving from the American Legion convertible this year. 90-year-old army veteran Ed Balcourt will be this year’s Grand Marshal.
Balcourt, who was raised in Brooklyn, was attending medical school at the height of the U.S. involvement in World War II. He was deferred from the draft, but at 19, decided to join the army.
“All my friends had been drafted. When I walked outside, I could feel all the women looking at me. I felt a little guilty. I wanted to go fight,” Balcourt said.
The Port Washington Veterans of Foreign Wars has selected Peter Ripullone, a decorated soldier and architect, as Co-Grand Marshal of this year’s Memorial Day Parade. The Ripullone family has a long tradition of military service, which dates back to World War I.
Ripullone followed the family tradition and entered military service as a second lieutenant in the army, in 1966. After completing his combat engineering training, he was certified as a combat engineer unit commander. Prior to his service in Vietnam, he spent three months with the 91st Combat Engineers, assisting in the training of West Point cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, for various combat engineering missions, including various types of bridge construction, building and fortification structures, road and runway construction, mine warfare and demolition training.
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