Library Holds Budget Increase to Just Over 5 Percent
The Port Washington Public Library presented its 2003 budget at a sparsely attended public hearing and board of trustees meeting on Wednesday February 13. The budget contained no surprises, with the most significant increases in the categories of salaries and benefits, insurance and utilities. Said Director Nancy Curtin, "we have tried to reduce the impact on the taxpayer." Julie Geller, board president, added that the board is aware of the probability of other tax increases, especially Nassau County, "so we tried to keep the increase as low as possible. It's a very tight budget."
Scope of Senior Housing at 41 Acres Reduced: Proposal Modified
Sandy Hollow Associates, the developers of the proposed Mill Pond Acres senior housing project for Dallas Realty's 41 acres in Port Washington North, has modified its original proposal for the site. Saying that the changes were made as a result of homeowners' comments and suggestions made in response to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement presented at a public meeting held Dec. 11, Sandy Hollow made several concessions.
On The Bay
The highest accolades for the sport of sailing were awarded last Friday, Feb. 15 to Steve Fossett, 57 of Chicago, Illinois, and Cory Sertl, 42, of Rochester, NY, at a luncheon ceremony held in the Model Room of the New York Yacht Club. Fossett, who is already known for holding nine world records flying jet airplanes and balloons, received the 2001 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Award for shattering five world speed sailing records on board his 125-foot catamaran Playstation. His best record, earned when he was sailing the Atlantic Ocean from east to west, from the Ambrose Light Tower off New York to Lizard Point off Cornwall, England - considered by sailors around the world to be the Holy Grail of distance sailing - shaved off just about 48 hours from the existing record and set a benchmark of four days, 17 hours, 28 minutes and six seconds. During that same crossing, Fossett beat the record for distance sailed in a 24-hour period, covering 687.17 nautical miles (790.2 statute miles) at an average speed of 28.63 knots. Fossett, who has been sailing only since 1993, hobbled to the podium with the help of crutches from a sky diving injury, "I'm a happy, happy guy," said Fossett. "It is very gratifying to be recognized by my peers in the sport, especially for the kind of sailing I do. Normally sailors measure themselves against others in boats of the same class. My goal is also to be the fastest". He continued, "The TransAtlantic record is far and away the most important to me. There have been 24 attempts in 11 years to break it, and three of those were made by me. The second is the 24-hour record, since it defines who has sailed the fastest in an ocean, anywhere in the world, any time." After the luncheon, your reporter had a few moments to speak to Fossett and congratulate him on so many world records. He was emphatic that his broken leg would be mended in the next few weeks, and said, "He probably won't be sky diving again very soon". That might get in the way of his plans for this summer's launching of his single-handed around the world trip in a balloon.
Port Varsity Wrestlers Bring Home Nassau County Dual Meet Championship
In a stunning and decisive 50 to 24 victory over Conference #1 seed Glen Cove, Port's varsity wrestlers successfully concluded their 10 and 9 season by winning the Nassau County Conference IV Dual Meet Title. Under the direction of Coach (and former Viking grappler) Anthony Schettino and with the guidance of JV Coach (and former Viking grappler) Derek Novinski, the Viking varsity collected their victory at W.T. Clarke High School in Westbury on Saturday, Feb. 2.