Discovering Sands Point: Its History, Its People, Its Places by Joan G. Ken, has just been published by the Inc. village of Sands Point. Says Mayor Leonard Wurzel, "Though only 4.2 square miles in area, Sands Point has had a colorful and varied history. It has evolved from Indian hunting grounds to a prosperous farm community through the great estate era to the affluent family-centered residential community of today. And just like the rest of the nation, Sands Point has been populated by a fascinating parade of heroes and villains. You can find their colorful stories here."
Mayor Wursel adds that author Kent has a background particularly suited to telling Sands Point's story and that of the people and events that shaped its development, enabling her to effectively place them in the context of Long Island, national and world movements and trends. She is historian for the Town of North Hempstead, president of the Cow Neck Historical Society, past president of the Port Washington Public Library Board and a former resident of Sands Point and past chairman of its Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission. Kent, a native Long Islander is also the author of a series of articles on Port Washington history that have appeared regularly in the Port Washington News.
The 8 1/2" by 11" hardcover book consists of 240 pages and has more than 300 photos and illustrations, plus maps, bibliography, index. Wherever possible the author has referred to original documents and has interviewed a number of longtime residents, village officials and other community leaders. Some of the illustrations in the book are photographs taken a century ago, culled from family archives and holdings of libraries and historical societies. Many new photos were taken expressly for this book by Will Wright of Port Washington. The book was designed by Marla Kaplan of Smallkaps Associates and printed by Finer Touch, Inc., both Port Washington firms.
The village will distribute a limit of one copy without charge to each Sands Point household as shown on the current tax rolls. Residents will be notified by mail as to where and when to obtain their free copies. Additional copies will be available for sale to residents and the general public. The price is $35 per book plus $6 postage and handling. Copies may be purchased in person or by mail from the Dolphin Book Shop, 941 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington. Copies will also be for sale at the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society Museum Shop, 336 Port Washington Blvd, Port Washington and the gift shops operated by the Friends for Long island Heritage at the Sands Point Park and Preserve, Old Bethpage and other county museums.