Brother and Sister Two New PWvFD Captains
A new and interestingly unique chapter has been added to the long list of developments in the known history of volunteer fire departments on all of Long Island. Not only were two new related captains installed in two of the four fire companies that comprise the Port Washington volunteer Fire Department, but they are brother and sister.
Lower Main Street Hit Hardest by Changes in Consumer Spending
There are conflicting reports on the current state of the economy and consumer spending; some show a rise in consumer confidence while others state that consumer spending is sluggish. On April 8, Daniel Laufenberg, chief economist at American Express Financial Advisors was reported as saying of the economy, "Consumers are continuing to do their part in sustaining the expansion. This is no longer just a recovery." In contrast, six days earlier Kurt Barnard, president of Barnard's Retail Trend Report said, "Consumers today are not yet at peace with the notion that the economic recession is over. Layoffs are still continuing and jobs are still hard to get." Whatever the reports say, since the beginning of 2001, consumers have had to respond to some major events. A new president took office but under heavily contested election results, terrorist activity of an unprecedented scale has rocked the nation, the dot-com companies swiftly boomed and bust and after thousands of job cuts nationwide it was announced that America was officially in a recession.
On The Bay
Boatyards are coming alive up and down Long Island Sound. Thoughts of spending time on the water are motivating sailors as they prepare their boats for the upcoming season. There are so many aspects to sailing. There is racing right here every weekend on Manhasset Bay - and for the model boats, over at the Mill Pond. Every Thursday evening, there is racing in bigger boats. And the Women's Racing Clinic has been training off the water all winter long and is now ready to begin their racing schedule on an evening to be determined. During the season different venues will offer racers an opportunity to "show their stuff" in regattas near and far, such as the Round Long Island Race, Block Island Race Week, the Bermuda Race. For those sailors who do not race, there is the sweet anticipation of an afternoon on the water with family and friends, enjoying a lunch or dinner together, or an evening sail that brings good winds and spectacular sunsets. Others may cruise this summer to ports near and far and bring home memories and new friendships that will last a lifetime. There are additional options this summer that may be of interest to sailing families. The Ocean Classroom Foundation, which is nonprofit, offers sailing adventures for various skill levels, starting as young as 13 years of age. There is the Seafaring Camp aboard the 1893 schooner Lettie. G. Howard, which introduces participants to the Maine coast on a 125-foot former Grand Banks fishing schooner. Aimed at the 13 - 16 year olds, the purpose of this camp is to have fun, but during the 4-week sessions, youths function as crewmembers and are involved in all aspects of sailing the two-masted gaff-rigged schooner. According to the Executive Director, Bert Rogers, the youths "develop a great deal of confidence about facing challenge, and develop the fortitude and determination to meet those challenges". Other programs offered by the Ocean Classroom Foundation include an accredited high school program aboard the schooner Spirit of Massachusetts, which focuses on serious research, and a two-week Marine Awareness Research Expedition, for high school and college students. Ocean Classroom Foundation, P.O. Box 446, Cornwall, NY 12518. Phone (800) 724-7245. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.sailgamage.org. More options next week.
The last weekend of vacation was a good one for Port's teams in the Waldbaum's and State Cup tournaments.
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