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First Farmingdale St. Pat’s

Irish eyes, and for that matter, all other eyes, were smiling on St. Patrick’s Day in Farmingdale. The First Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held on Main Street and a huge crowd attended the event. Dressed in green, crowds lined the sidewalks as the parade traveled south from North Side School to the Village Green.

“We had a great amount of people here,” commented Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, who was a co-grand marshal. “Everything is festive. We’re looking forward to people going to dine on Main Street with the specials and we’re looking to have a great Irish Day.” 

Elected officials, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, business leaders, the Dalers kickline and the Farmingdale Fire Department were all part of the parade. A green line was painted down Main Street. Parade goers from Farmingdale and other places crowded the sidewalks to catch a glimpse of what will likely become a Long Island tradition.

“I’m so glad they did this,” remarked Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Joe Pinto. “It was needed. People don’t have to travel into the city and they’ll shop locally.”

While people shopped locally, it wasn’t only two legged creatures who got in on the fun. Many pet parents brought their pooches, dressed in green attire to the parade. And they weren’t event Irish Setters. 

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


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