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LETTER
Teen Center Rescues Soccer Club

The Teen Center, located in the Landmark on Main Street, has been the salvation for the Port Washington Soccer Club. Week after week of inclement weather caused the cancellation of many Saturday intramural games. Particularly hindered were the Pre-K and kindergarten children, whose games and practices were only on Saturdays. The Teen Center has graciously provided their beautiful gymnasium for three consecutive Saturday afternoons, allowing the Soccer Club to make up some of the missed sessions.

This is not the first time that the Teen Center has been a benefactor to our program. These same storms prevented teams from practicing and playing Travel games under the auspices of the Long Island Junior Soccer League. My own Under 16 boys team was in desperate need of a practice facility to prepare for a crucial final game, which if won, would provide them with the Division I League Title. Without hesitation the Teen Center offered their gym for three additional afternoons. Our boys went on to victory, and will forever be grateful to the Teen Center Board.

We in Port Washington are extremely fortunate to have a facility in town open to all our children. There are many wonderful events and programs offered at the Teen Center, including a safe and friendly environment for the kids to find some peace and unstructured relaxation. Caring volunteers and knowledgeable professionals guide the Teen Center.

We have a hidden "diamond in the rough" that should receive more attention from our kids and ourselves. On behalf of the Port Washington Soccer Club and myself thank you, Teen Center and keep up the good work!


LETTER
Thanks to You All

The 1,375 residents who braved the mild December weather and took time out from their busy holiday activities to appear in an underwhelming horde at the Polish American Hall to cast a vote for police district commissioner should be proud of themselves. There are, according to the board of elections, a total of 11,289 registered voters in our police district, so that amounts to a turnout of 12.2 percent. Congratulations!

Space does not allow me to mention by name the 37 civic minded friends and acquaintances who donated their valuable time and advice to my campaign, but (hopefully) you all know who you are!

Thanks to all those dedicated front line troops in the big brick building at 11050 Port Boulevard who defied rain, snow, sleet, hail and gloom of night to complete their appointed rounds, conveying my message to the electorate, and thanks above all to the one elusive individual without whose contribution there would have been no spark, no impetus and much less interest in the outcome of the election, Gertrude Bessinger. May she and Mrs. Callabash live on forever, wherever they are! (Miss you, Jimmy.)




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