PW Students Josh Bloom and Lindsay Weinstein Win National History Day Competition
More than 700,000 students entered the National History Day Competition last year, but only two took the top prize in the nation in the junior category, and they were Port Washington students Josh Bloom and Lindsay Weinstein. Starting last November with just a glimmer of an idea for the competition, these students -- then Weber eighth graders -- proceeded to delve into the research, travel to interview subjects, and create a video that they remade numerous times. Though this was the first time either of them had entered this contest, they won each level of local and state competitions with their documentary, "Harvey Milk: The Mayor of Castro Street." All their efforts and knowledge culminated in June when they took first place in the world's largest history contest.
On the Bay
Aphrodite, the handsomest and arguably the most famous boat ever built in Port Washington, is returning to northern waters. It has been reliably reported the 74 foot commuter yacht has been sold to an investment executive in the New York metropolitan area. He plans to move the boat to Long Island Sound in September or October of this year. Aphrodite was built in 1936-37 at the Purdy Boat Company yard in Bayview Colony for John Hay Whitney of Manhasset. As built, she was powered by two Packard V-12 engines, and was capable of speeds in excess of 38 mph. During World War II, she was taken over by the US Coast Guard, re-engined with even more powerful Packards (giving her a top speed as high as 60 mpr), and used for convoy escort and harbor patrol duties. Ambassador Whitney owned Aphrodite until the early 1960s- in those years, her black hull was a common sight in the bay. After Whitney sold Aphrodite, she went through several owners. She was eventually bought by John Pannell, then a resident of Baxter Estates, and restored by him in the old Purdy shop. This restoration won several awards. He subsequently took the boat to Florida, where she remains at this time.
MTA LIRR Provides Extra Service to US Open Tennis
MTA Long Island Rail Road is the best route for tennis fans heading to the US Open Tennis Championships and the Arthur Ashe Tennis Challenge at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium at Flushing Meadows. The train ride is just 16 minutes from Penn Station to the Stadium. For those traveling on the LIRR from Long Island, the US open is just six minutes from Woodside, 15 minutes from Great Neck and 25 minutes from Port Washington. Beginning Saturday, Aug. 26, for the Arthur Ashe Tennis Challenge, and continuing through Sunday, Sept. 10, the following LIRR trains will be making added stops at Shea Stadium Station, adjacent to the Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium, on the Port Washington Branch:
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