Major Sewer Problems in Manorhaven
There was a major sewer backup on Manhasset Isle last week, spewing sewage into the homes of a number of residents. One Pequot Avenue dweller said she had over a foot of flooding in her basement, ruining a lot of her possessions. Another family bailed out over 15 buckets of water and had to throw out most of what was in their basement. In addition to the loss of many of their possessions, they are now faced with the need to disinfect their basements. According to the affected residents, the problem began in the early or mid-afternoon, and was not remedied until after 10:00 that night. Robert Breslin, superintendent of the Port Washington Water Pollution Control District (PWWPCD), said that the maintenance crew did not receive the call until 8:15 p.m. and were on the scene before 9:30, adding that the crew has up to an hour to respond.
Community Gathers Together to Fight Cancer
Despite cloudy skies, more than 30 teams gathered on the grassy area inside the track between Weber Middle School and Schreiber High School to celebrate life and to raise funds to battle cancer. They came together in Port Washington's first Relay For Life, an American Cancer Society event to support its mission to reduce the incidence, reduce deaths, and improve the quality of life of those with cancer. Close to $80 thousand was raised.
Dragons Advance to Championship Series
The Port Washington Dragon earned a berth in the Championship Series of the Queens Junior Baseball Association (QJBA) with decisive victories in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Incredibly, the Dragons outscored their two strong playoff opponents by a combined 21-8 margin.
On The Bay
The Newport Bermuda Race, which is arguably as prestigious at the Fastnet, the Sydney-Hobart and the Transpac, is over, and the awards ceremony took place on Saturday, June 22 in Bermuda. Michael Silverman, Knickerbocker YC, who was omitted from the crew list in last week's column, was aboard Spank Me BT, (Bob Limoggio, Port Washington YC) which was 3rd overall in their IMS fleet, 3rd overall in Class 8 and was the highest placing boat that did not have one "professional" on board. Most maxis have at least a few "rock stars" on the payroll, but this crew managed to win big through "total team effort," according to Steve Moore, navigator on Limoggio's boat. Results for other boats with local sailors as owners, skippers and/or crew: Tom Stark, Knickerbocker YC, on his new Swan 45, Rush, came in 2nd in IMS Class 7, and has taken a narrow lead in the 2002 Onion Patch Series for the IMS North American Championship. Sceptre'D'Isle, an Alden 64 with Paul Cuneo, Louis Nees and Tom Egan on board, came in 3rd in IMS Class 7. Doug Morea, Midshipman at the US Naval Academy, who learned to sail at Knickerbocker YC and the Port Washington YC, sailed on Flirt, a Navy 44, which came in 4th in IMS Class 2. Toscana, a Frers 50, with John Browning on board, came in 5th in IMS Class 6. Ira Futterman on R Wave 2, was 10th in IMS Class 9, and Jim Miller on Antipodes, was 16th in IMS Class 8. Andy Perni on Passion was 12th in IMS Class 5, and Krzysztof Kaminsky on Gryf II was 11th in Americap Class II. Rich du Moulin and Peter Rugg, both expert sailors who learned to sail in our bay, won the double handed spinnaker Americap 12 division on Lora An, an Express 37. Rumor has it that du Moulin and Rugg ate all their meals from a dog dish - this race must be even more difficult than most of us realize. Let's hope they don't come home barking!
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