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Letter: Cell Towers and Cancer

Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00
Residents of Manorhaven, Sands Point, and Port Washington North should take note of a link to a site highlighting the 10-year cancer risk for those in close proximity to cell towers. The link is: watch?v=Kt0G23GXJzc.

Letter: Library Budget Vote

Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00
What is so special about our Port Washington Library? Step inside and you will find out why. This is our 120th year to celebrate. There are many events going on throughout the year, which have appeal from toddlers to seniors. Our library is all encompassing, multi-cultural and technology savvy.

Pick up a copy of the program and events that celebrate 2012. It highlights the events going on from January to December. Request a copy of the 2012 budget. It is under the 2 percent cap mandated by N.Y. State. Also remember that funds from outside the regular library budget, like Friends of the Library (FOL) and the Port Washington Library Foundation, create additional programs without the use of your taxpayer dollars. I reiterate what I have written in the past. There is no better bargain in this town for your “frugal dollars.”


Letter: High Speed Ferry for Long Island

Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

Recently, the City of New York did an extensive study on the implementation of ferry services for the Metropolitan area. Many of the proposed routes pass by Hempstead Harbor. It has occurred to several government agencies, Long Island would benefit from a ferry service to New York City.

Approximately 42,000 daily passengers take the Port Washington Railroad line (LIRR), and over 100,000 cars drive into New York on the Long Island Expressway. Both the LIE and the LIRR are considered amongst the worst commuter routes in the country, costing hundreds of thousands of lost hours in traffic or delays every year. This year New York will spend $7 billion dollars on roadwork and $3.1 billion dollars on the Long Island Rail Road maintenance. Although these repairs are needed, none of this money will bring long term, sustainable jobs nor will it help in getting people to where they want to go any faster. In fact, count on long delays this spring, summer and fall.


Letter: A Half Million Dollar Water Department Driveway

Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00
I learned that just last Tuesday, the Port Washington Water District spent over a half a million dollars ($600,000) of taxpayers money to buy a private home on Longview Road so that they can tear the house down (using additional taxpayers money) in order to build a driveway to the water tower.

Letter: Support the Arts

Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00
Picture this. The Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra. An award winning guest soprano soloist who has worked and traveled all over the United States and abroad. An internationally renowned maestro, artistic director, and recording artist known for conducting and piano performances with chamber philharmonic, ensembles and symphony orchestras as well as judging music competitions.

Letter: Relocate the Manorhaven Cell Tower

Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00
(Editor’s note: This letter, regarding the monopole cell tower at 41 Pequot Avenue in Manorhaven, was sent to Eric Engen, senior manager of engineering development at T-Mobile Northeast, LLC and to Laurel Mooney at AG Towers, Inc. on Jan. 23.)

I am the newly-elected councilwoman for the Town of North Hempstead, District 6. My district includes the Village of Manorhaven, the site of a proposed cell tower.

Over the last several weeks, numerous constituents have reached out to me regarding concerns over the installation of the above cell tower. As you are aware, the residents of homes adjacent to the cell tower object to the completion of the tower. They would prefer the cell tower be relocated to a place which is not in the center of a residential neighborhood.


Letter: Cell Tower Should Be Moved to Alternate Site

Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00

(Editor’s note: This letter, regarding the monopole cell tower on Pequot Avenue in Manorhaven, was sent to Eric Engen, senior manager of engineering development at T-Mobile Northeast, LLC and to Laurel Mooney at AG Towers, Inc. on Jan. 31.)

I represent the 7th Senate District in northwest Nassau County which includes the Village of Manorhaven. As I am sure you are aware, the cell tower erected on Pequot Avenue in Manorhaven has been the source of a great deal of community concern. As I am also sure you are aware, the cell tower was located and erected in the heart of a residential community, merely feet from neighboring homes.


Letter: And Now, a Few Good Words About Cats

Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

As I indicated in a previous Letter to the Editor, I missed seeing a number of copies of Port News for a few months because of illness. Then it took me nearly two weeks to catch up with all the issues I missed.

I read with particular interest by Linda Portney Goldstein titled “Manorhaven Tackles Cat Problem: Village Plans to Ban the Feeding of Wild Cats,” dated Aug. 11, 2011. The proposed fine for feeding wild cats was steep: $100 for the first offense and $500 or more for “serial feeders.” Ms. Portney Goldstein reported that cat feeding receptacles were found near the unused former quarters of Thypin Steel.


A Look on The Light Side: March 7, 2012

Written by Judy Epstein Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

All Stressed Up and No Place to Go

Where on Earth was she? My babysitter was due half an hour ago, and I was expected at the final meeting of the class I was taking in Stress Management. In fact, I was supposed to give my five-minute presentation, “Identifying a Major Stress In My Life, and Which Technique I Will Use to Get Rid of It.”

I was dressed, and my two young children were even in pajamas — but I was trapped in my house until the babysitter showed up. There was nothing I could do, except hyperventilate.


Letter: Remembering John Broza

Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00

Because of various physical problems, I was confined to a local rehab facility for much of the summer and early fall of 2011. I only received Port News sporadically, and finally, when I came back home in early October, I was able to catch up with all the back issues of Port News.

In the Aug. 18 edition, I was saddened to learn of the passing of John Broza, the longtime chairman of the Schreiber High School English Department. At the time of his passing, John was only a few days short of his 72nd birthday. I only met John once; that was in the spring of 1989 when I took his classes for a day. I dusted off my secondary teaching license and got myself on the sub-list and wanted to see what the Port schools were doing with all my tax money. Frankly, I’ve never seen a high school better equipped with visual and audio aids than Schreiber. For starters, there is the main school library plus the fact that the English and history departments maintain their own specialized libraries. Students can even gain college credits for certain courses.


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