Many thanks to all in Port Washington who voted overwhelmingly to support the Port Washington Public Library budget for the coming year. And many many thanks to all who voted to return me to the library Board of Trustees for another term. Your confidence is greatly appreciated.
I recently ran for a position as a trustee of the Port Washington Public Library and was fortunate enough to be elected. I want to thank all those who assisted, supported and voted for me. I’ll do my best to maintain the library as one of the treasures of our community during the coming period of rapid technological change. I welcome input from the public to help achieve this goal.
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the incredible support that you gave Alice in Wonderland and Port Washington Play Troupe!! It meant so much to us. I can tell you our audiences just got bigger and bigger. Our last performance found children stacked like decks of cards in every nook and cranny!
We are making color copies of the full-page color spread and giving to each child ceremoniously at a special presentation at the Port Washington Public Library on May 4th!
Stephanie Hall Business Manager
Port Washington Play Troupe
We want to take a moment to offer our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in helping to revive the Port Washington Play Troupe Children’s Show. It was a dazzling production of Alice in Wonderland and we gratefully applaud the small army of hard working volunteers, parents and cast members whose dedication made it all possible. We also applaud all of you in the community who supported this endeavor by attending the show. The smiling faces, heartwarming laughter and rapt attention of the children in the audience certainly made all of our efforts worthwhile.
Special thanks is owed to Reverend Huntley and the St. Stephen’s Church Parish Family for their gracious hospitality and generous sponsorship, as well as to the Peter & Jeri Dejana Family Foundation and their representative, Jim Avena, for the incredible gift of the financial support necessary to carry the program into next year.
Tom Donoghue has served as a prudent and wise member of the Library Board of Trustees for almost 20 years. Any library user can see the improvements in the library as we moved from books, journals, magazines, VHS movies and CDs to DVDs, eBooks and eBook readers, free computer use, English language instruction, to mention a few. Our library is the closest thing to a community center Port Washington has and actually served as a community center during Hurricane Sandy. As a library trustee, Tom recognized the good ideas and proposals of the director, staff and community and supported them wisely. The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service has again awarded our library five stars —an award given this year to only 86 libraries in the country out of some 7500 libraries surveyed. Let’s keep a trusted and dynamic board member!
Reelect Tom Donoghue as Library Trustee.
Pat & Jude Maher
Having lived in Port Washington for almost 40 years, I treasure the central and valuable role that the Port WashingtonPublic Library plays in our lives.
I support the candidacy of Michael Krevor for the Library’s Board. I have known Michael Krevor for more years than I have lived in Port and have always admired his integrity, high intelligence, ability to problem solve as well as his dedication to public service. Michael’s love of the Library has lead him to develop a rare and unique understanding of the Library’s administration. He has, for a number of years, attended the Library’s Board Meetings as a caring resident. Michael Krevor’s service on the Library’s Board will guarantee that our Library continues to be one of the best in the nation.
Barbara Lewis Spivak
In her letter, she asks, “Why would a local newspaper feel it’s necessary to not only take sides in an election but to also display derogatory information?” She also states: “And why would a local newspaper feels that it’s necessary for its editor to subject their readers to politicking is beyond me!”
I have been attacked quite a bit lately in Letters to the Editor and by representatives of the Village of Manorhaven in interviews conducted that have appeared in Port Washington News articles.
The points that I’m bringing to light in the two ads that have run in the Port Washington News were supported with documentation provided to Anton Community Newspapers. Their management reviewed the support and was satisfied that the statements being made were factual. As a resident of Manorhaven, I want to be sure our government is honestly and optimally representing us. I am sticking to the facts, plain and simple.
“On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish.” So said John J. O’Neil III to me yesterday. Why was he talking to me? Well, to begin at the beginning, not too long ago I read in the Port Washington News (where else?) that John J. the Third, had been honored at a fancy dinner by the John Michael Marino Lodge 1389 Order of the Sons of Italy in America (SOIA). It seems that he had been a two-term president of that civic-minded, charitable organization. Presently, O’Neil is president of the Sons of Italy Foundation and is active with the national organization. That got me thinking. With all due respect, how does a man whose family roots are in Ireland get so involved with a group whose members’ family roots are in Italy? “When he has a wife whose maiden name is Principe,” said O’Neil without missing a beat.
Although his background is in graphics design, illustration and advertising, O’Neil’s real passion is going to the dogs – that is, painting dogs, which he does expertly and on commission. Using acrylics, O’Neil he is equally adept at painting less lively subjects. His painting of a Nantucket waterfront is so warm and colorful it can bring on a sudden urge to hop on the next plane for Nantucket. “When I paint, I turn off the world,” says O’Neil.
I, as mayor, and our board were elected in large part to reinstate transparency in government and responsiveness to all of our residents’ concerns. During the past eight months in office I believe our residents will agree that we have attempted to faithfully fulfill this promise to them, and most importantly, will continue to do so. In response to Mr. Avena’s allegations, the objective state audit, during the previous administration time in office. During which he was a trustee, clearly states they were “poor stewards of the village finances.” It lists counts of mismanagement, some more serious than others. The content of this state audit was fully disclosed during our village hall meetings, so that all residents were given access to it. I can also attest to the disarray a firm of highly respectable financial accountants Rosen & Federico found our village in upon our taking office. But most importantly, we immediately put into place sound practices and addressed every mismanagement in the state audit rectifying each and every one. The result, in just six short months, was that the state awarded our village and an A+ Stable rating. The previous state audit rating of the past administration was “negative and unstable,” and according to the village’s financial advisor of Liberty Capital Services, LLC, this is often indicative of a rating that is due to soon be downgraded. It demonstrates no plan or poor plan for the village’s future. The board and I took quick and positive action to ensure the village was quickly put back onto a firm financial footing. The proof of that is in the new state audit we were issued.
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