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Vote for Bob Persons

I urge the people of Port Washington to vote for Bob Persons for Police Commissioner.

Bob has been a good neighbor on Reid Avenue for 39 years. As a professional engineer he knows how to analyze problems and find practical solutions. Our police department, as good as it is, certainly has problems that need practical solutions.

Bob Persons is a bright, reasonable, good-humored, honorable man who has promised to give his full salary as Commissioner to the Port Washington Community Chest. He has no axe to grind, except to do what he can for our community.

We need him now!


Willowdale Terrace

Open Letter to Our Neighbors in the Willowdale Terrace area and all of Port Washington

The Willowdale Terrace Civic Association Board Members would like to personally thank all of our members, especially those who attended our Oct. 16 meeting in the Lutheran Church on Franklin Avenue. We're passionate about the issues that take place in the Willowdale Terrace area because as neighbors we also have a vested interest in what happens in our community. We were especially enthusiastic over the participation of our attending members. The issues brought up were poignant and some wonderful ideas came out of the evening.

We look forward to our next meeting so we can report on these issues and hear about what you'd like to see as our next community project. We hope to see all of our Willowdale Terrace area neighbors at our next meeting coming up in February '98, so we'll be sure to distribute flyer announcements to everyone at that time. Once again, thank you for your interest and participation, it is appreciated and you can be especially proud of your civic involvement when you see the results all around you in the Willowdale Terrace area. Very special thanks to Lt. Ron DeMaio (PW Police Department) and Andy Sparberg (LIRR) for their informative presentations.

Also an important note for clarification: The Willowdale Terrace Civic Association that we represent is the civic association that has maintained a presence in the Willowdale Terrace area of Port Washington for over 25 years. Although everyone is entitled to a voice, we do not want the voices of other groups to be confused with the voices of our members. Please be advised that the letter "Siren, Siren" was sent to the Port Washington News from a distinct and very different organization called the Willowdale Terrace Concerned Residents group. Please take special note that our group, the Willowdale Terrace Civic Association, would not have handled an issue of such public importance in this manner.

Willowdale Terrace Civic Association Mission Statement

We are an association interested in harmonizing the civic activities of neighbors in the Willowdale Terrace area of Port Washington. The Willowdale Terrace Civic Association (WTCA) is the forum in which these neighbors work together toward common goals that will help improve the quality of life for all Port Washington residents. The atmosphere of the WTCA meetings is cordial, cooperative and informative on behalf of all of our neighbors.


North Hempstead

An Open Letter to the Residents of North Hempstead

As you may already know my bid for re-election to the town board was not successful. While this loss was a personal disappointment, I am thankful for having had the opportunity to serve as an elected official. My four years of service as a councilman have been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences of my life.

I have had the good fortune of meeting so many people as I traveled around the town. Some have become new friends. From each I have gained new insights and understandings of the meaning and importance of public service. I feel a measure of satisfaction knowing I have made a contribution to the betterment of our community. I am proud of my record of service and the many accomplishments I have achieved. Your confidence and trust gave me the motivation to work hard and do my very best for all the people of our town.

The success I have achieved would not have been possible without the support of so many people including my wife, family, friends, community leaders, colleagues in government and town employees. To each and every one of them and to all of you who have supported me, I want to express my heartfelt thanks.


Supports Kenny

I recommend Peter Kenny for the position of Police District Commissioner.

Bob Persons and I ran against one another in an earlier police election and have worked on charter revision together. He is a personable man who sometimes wanders, sometimes rants and who tells amusing anecdotes. He is also a man who relies on other people's research for the main plank on his platform.

Peter Kenny has been in the trenches for three years. He has first-hand knowledge of what this community wants and needs and he knows how to get it. He has started the uphill battle to bring the police district back to solid ground. Let's not cut his effort short.

Please join with me to re-elect Peter Kenny on Dec. 9.


Let the Shopper Beware

Warning to all shoppers in Port North, namely the Soundview and Delco shopping centers. Do not stop, stand or park along the curb in the Soundview shopping center, or in front of Grand Union in Delco shopping center or you risk a $200 fine. In my opinion, the board was derelict in their duty causing confusion and delay in the village. A mistake was made with the passage of a law meant to alleviate the dangerous situation caused by cars stopping in the fire zone by the entrance/exit in front of Blockbuster Video. All the members of the board seemed to agree that stopping to load and unload in front of King Kullen and along the curb in front of the stores down to Carvel where the road is wide is not a problem, but they seemed unable to find a solution. I proposed simply changing the law to No Parking along that curb. This would have solved the dispute between the board members and met the safety concerns. Unfortunately, Mayor Pellegrino voted nay insisting that parking should be allowed in the fire zone to those who just want to run in and pick up a pizza. The Mayor felt that it is a hardship to Pastabilities and will cause them to go out of business. Others tried to argue that this was the same or worse than jumping out of the car to drop off a video and that 15-minute parking is provided for pickups, but the Mayor disagreed. Gary Levi insisted he wanted to hire an expert to study the shopping center and give a master plan first. In my opinion, we don't need a professional; to us the law was poorly worded and an immediate fix is necessary. While an overall study is justified the shopping center and not the village should pay for it and further this should have been done during the past year while the problem was being discussed. Trustee Ratkoski voted nay but gave no reason while Trustees Goodstadt and Loveland voted yes to the proposal calling for No Parking.

To add insult to injury, that same night the board unanimously passed the same problematic law in front of Grand Union. FYI NYS DMV says, "A No Parking" sign means you may only stop temporarily to load or unload passengers. A No Stopping sign means you may stop only in order to obey a traffic sign, signal or officer, or to avoid conflicts with other vehicles. Contrary to popular belief: a driver sitting and waiting in a car with the engine running is parked, not standing.




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