"Water Birds of Manhasset Bay" Photo Exhibit Opens May 19 at HarborFest
Snowy Egret, Semipalmated Plover, Osprey, Belted Kingfisher. While these may sound like birds you'd find in exotic tropical destinations, they are, in fact, some of the water birds that make Manhasset Bay their home - some from spring through fall and others throughout the year.
School District Task Force Offers Powerful Program
Schreiber student Amy McDonald's comment, "Drinking and drugs are extremely prevalent in the high school," set the serious tone of the PW School District's Safe and Drug Free Schools and Community Task Force's powerful public program on Monday evening, April 23. The program, entitled "The Power of Parents" was designed to alert the community to the startling findings of a recent survey of drug and alcohol use among PW 6-12 graders, as well as other dangerous behaviors. But the program went well beyond just sharing the extent of the problem; the evening offered practical tips, and supportive insights from a knowledgeable and dynamic panel of parents, mental health professionals, educators, and other experts. Judging from the overwhelming turnout ( it was standing-room only in the Weber auditorium), the concern about today's young people is exceedingly high, and from the audience questions asked, it was clear that parents and others are seeking guidance and assistance. They received a wealth of it, from this program of tremendous value; comments like "fabulous" and "terrific" were heard as attendees were exiting.
On the Bay
The last day of racing for the frostbite fleet was last Saturday, April 28. It was an interesting day as the wind was from the north at 10-12 knots as the boats crossed the starting line, but by the end of the race, the Dock Master at Manhasset Bay YC dock said the winds were up to 30 mph. There was one capsize and one boat retired before the end of the race. The course started off the Worry Wart, with a windward mark near the North Shore YC fleet, continued to the Port Washington fleet for the leeward mark, with a beam reach to the finish at the Manhasset Bay YC dock.
The Port Warriors (Boys - U11) are off to a strong 2-1-0 start, after a 7-3 victory this past weekend. An all-around team effort, on both sides of the ball, and an amazing performance by Ignacio Del Valle, who scored 4 goals, resulted in the win. The Port Shock Wave is also off to a fast start, now 4-0-0 after defeating the Plainedge Lightning by a score of 2-1. Alex Lee scored both Shock Wave goals. Going into this weekend there were five other undefeated Port teams, the Blue Storm (Boys - U13), Blazers (Girls - U12), Stingrays (Girls - U13), Wildcats (Boys -U13), and Lightning (Boys - U10).
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