Electrical Fire on M'Haven Blvd.
"The cable line on top of the utility pole blew up. I saw a flash and then I heard an explosion, as if a bomb went off," says Anthony Soldano, owner of Port Empire Body Shop located at 41 Manorhaven Boulevard. "I didn't see lightning, but a few people say that they thought that lightning struck the pole." The fire, which took place on Aug. 14 at approximately 3:30 p.m., caused power outages that lasted for about two hours for 539 customers of Long Island Power Associates along the Boulevard and its side streets.
Board of Education Meeting
The Board of Education moved a bit closer to determining the best facilities options on Tuesday, August 15th, by eliminating two choices that were Princeton Plan variations. Eager to move ahead and reduce the number of plans under consideration, BOE President Richard Sussman mentioned that Úquot;we could still use a variation of a Princeton Plan,Úquot; in the future. But for now, these two options -- which would have grouped all K-2 students in two or three buildings, grades 3-5 or 3-6 in two or three other buildings, and either 6-8 or 7-8 in Weber -- are not being considered. And after four hours of discussing the pros and cons of each, the BOE did not make additional headway in winnowing the five remaining options; the majority voted instead to switch from facilities to its regular work session as the hour approached midnight.
Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth
R & G Bait and Tackle in Port Washington has been named as an official registration and weigh-in station for the WICC-Miller Greatest Bluefish Tournament on earth. The tournament takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27 on the Long Island Sound.
On The Bay
The junior sailing programs on Manhasset Bay concluded last week with awards dinners held at both Manhasset Bay Yacht Club on Thursday, Aug. 17, and at Port Washington Yacht Club on Friday, Aug. 18. Congratulations to all who participated in sailing this summer - from our youngest sailors in the Optimist class to those sailing C420 and Lasers. From this reporter's perspective, judging from the happy faces and the fun times observed over the last few months, the season was a huge success. Building friendships that last a lifetime, honing skills, and balancing competition with teamwork and fun is what the summer sailing programs are all about. These are the sailors of tomorrow - who will race, day sail, cruise, or just enjoy the salty air and soft breezes that the waterfront provides. Following are the awards from each program:
Issues With Claims Made About 7-8 Configuration
'Reconfiguring Our Schools: Our Fifth-Graders May Lose!'