Many Community Residents Find School Board's Book Decision Objectionable and Troubling
Numerous Port Washington residents -- including teachers, parents, and students -- expressed concern and disagreement with the Board of Education's recent action to vote against a book recommended for use in the high school, a decision that was changed to allow a committee of educators to review the selection. The book in question, Julia Alvarez's In the Time of the Butterflies, reportedly contains a page which has a crude diagram of a homemade bomb. While community members seemed to understand the board's concern about school safety, especially in the shadow still cast by the Columbine High School tragedy, most indicated that they still believed that decisions about course texts are best left to educators, and felt it might set a dangerous precedent when it came to the approval of books in the future.
Port Vikings Halted by Carey Colts
Reunions, pride and homecoming festivities couldn't help the Vikings as they fell to Carey High School, 14-7. On a cool, sunny Saturday where dozens of former local high school graduates of the Class of 1950, and hundreds of former residents had returned to their old bailiwick, the Carey Colts upset the Port Vikings with a strong, ball-control offense and a patient, tightly-would defensive attack. The Vikings played a heads-on toe-to-toe match up with the Colts, but the magic of the "Pride in Port" celebration couldn't permeate through the field of play for the hometown favorites.
On The Bay
After competing against the top international match-racing sailors for four consecutive days, Ed Baird, the 42-year-old skipper from St. Petersburg, FL and skipper for the America's Cup challenger, Young America (1999), has won the 19th international Knickerbocker Cup, held on Manhasset Bay from Oct. 3-7, 2000. Baird entered the final round of competition against Australian James Spithill, and won the series in two straight match races.
A Book Cannot Be Responsible for a Crime
In Praise of Medal of Honor Recipient