Bongo Bay Entertains Neighboring Businesses at Grand Opening
Bongo Bay, the newest restaurant in town, opened its door to the general public on Friday May 24. But the previous night, the members of Port Washington's Chamber of Commerce were treated to an exclusive Grand Opening party with tropical buffet and cocktails. The festivities were scheduled to start at 6 pm and by 6:30 there was a lively crowd circulating both inside the restaurant and in the spacious parking lot, which had been commandeered for the occasion. Word around town had been that Bongo Bay would be a dance-supper club for the young and young-at-heart singles. But the word was wrong and despite its slightly incongruous name, Bongo Bay is a chic restaurant, offering a cosmopolitan menu in an elegant, Raffles-style setting.
St. Stephen's Church to Install New Pipe Organ
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Port Washington has embarked on a major fund-raising campaign to install a new pipe organ, replacing the existing instrument that dates back to the late 19th century. The new organ is expected to provide a tonal quality on a par with any in the area.
Dragons Finish Regular Season at 10-3
The Port Washington Dragons 12 and under baseball team completed its regular spring season in the Queens Junior Baseball Association with an impressive 10-3 record. Since the team weeks ago achieved its goal of qualifying for the playoffs, the coaches were given the unusual late-season opportunity to rotate players in various positions for valuable game experience that will benefit the team in the week-long Cooperstown Baseballworld tournament the Dragons will be competing in next month.
On The Bay
Readers may recall a past column of On the Bay that mentioned the Model Sailboat Regatta that was part of HarborFest last May 18. Unfortunately the day was cancelled because of rain, to the disappointment of many who had planned to attend. Probably most disappointed were the school children from Port's third grade classes who had built sailboats out of recycled materials in conjunction with their science unit on buoyancy. Well, patience paid off, for these children who worked so diligently on their creations had a chance to complete the project by competing in the very delayed, but exciting Model Boat Regatta, which was held on the Mill Pond last Saturday, June 8. Many parents, grandparents and friends watched as Mike Block and Ed Lawrence, the creators of this educational and fun project, waded into the pond to start four race divisions. The two men gathered boats from each division and place them in what appeared to be a "starting block" which closely resembled a ladder placed horizontally on the water. With a short countdown of five seconds, the long - awaited event began to cheers from the crowd. Comments heard from the crowd included, "I think you're ahead," "oops a capsize" and a delightful dialogue between mother and daughter: mother: "how do you know when the race is over"? her daughter's reply: "I don't know." Not a competitive crowd, this group, but children and parents enjoying our most precious natural resource - the waterfront. Your reporter happened to catch up with one of the boat-builders, 9-year-old Sousa third grader, Madelaine Reis, daughter of Alyce and Sandy Reis, who really understood the concepts underlying the boat-building project. She spoke of keels and buoyancy, sails and recyclable materials. When asked what she meant by recyclable materials, she replied, "We made a boat of reusable materials, which helps save the environment, because less space is needed for garbage." This is education at its best, thanks to Mike Block and Ed Lawrence, with the support of the third grade teaching staff at Port's schools.
PWPD Lend a Helping Hand
Manorhaven PTA/HSA Clarifies BOE Candidate Ansel's Letter