Bill Fish: Musician, teacher, Inventor, Sailor and Bussinessman
For more than 30 summers, Port Washingtonians have enjoyed the music of the Community Band under the able direction of William Fish. He said that he began playing in the Community Band when he first came to Port, and a few years later, when the director left, Fish became director, and has been doing it ever since. The director's job, of course, also includes recruiting, helping with fundraising, and many rehearsals. The Community Band plays at the John Philip Sousa memorial band shell at the town dock for five weeks every July. The year 2002 was the 36th season. Fish pointed out that the band shell concerts are "one of Port's longest traditions," adding, "They have kept the band tradition alive, staying to what it was built for."
Port's Vibrant Chamber of Commerce Holds Annual Dinner
The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce held its annual installation of officers and directors at a special dinner at Fish Kebab Restaurant on Sept. 12. The chamber was honored to have Nassau County Legislator Craig Johnson and New York State Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli perform the swearing in ceremonies. Calling the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce "unique," both praised the work of the chamber, noting it is one of the most active and effective chambers on Long Island. They pointed to the success of HarborFest, HarborSafe, Octoberfest and the "Try Port First" directory, as well as other Chamber of Commerce projects that not only help the businesses, but add enormously to the quality of life here in Port Washington.
On The Bay
The 20th Annual Thomson Regatta took place on Sept. 10, at the Mill Pond Model YC. The winds were light, but were enough for the sailors to complete eight races during the morning. The competition sailed Marblehead Class Models, which are 50 inches long and carry 800 square inches of sails. After the completion of racing, a picnic lunch was served at the club for friends and family. David Coode, fleet captain in the "M" class and the race director for this regatta, left for Italy for the World Championship Marblehead Class races, which was held Sept. 14-22 in Ravenna, Italy. Eighty contestants from around the world have entered the World's and Mr. Coode is the only U.S. entrant, representing the U.S. and the Mill Pond Model YC. The results of the day's racing: 1. Alan Hoffman, 2. Charlie Wanker, and 3. Bob Seiden. Port Washington's Thomson Industries, Inc. sponsored the regatta.
Lady Vikings Ready to Set and Spike Their Way to the Top
While the summer drifts slowly away, the fall begins, and so does Schreiber High School girls volleyball. The varsity has struggled for the past few seasons, failing to make the playoffs last year. They have already had two games this season and have split the two with one win and one loss. The first game was on Sept. 12 against the team from Valley Stream Central. The Lady Vikings played like champions, playing crisp, clean ball and taking the match easily in three games. In the next game on Sept. 18, the team played a very strong Freeport squad. Even though the games were six days apart, the girls failed to lose any of their swaggers, losing a nail-biting five set match. "This game was really one that illustrates what kind of team we are. We play hard and have the players needed to win. This is one of the best groups of girls I have ever coached," said Coach Giamanco about the game against Freeport. The team is also assisted by Kristina Shackel. The Lady Vikings also have veteran leadership from its two captains, Gail Izzo and Jolie Signorelie. The team also has many young players including four freashmen, Lauren Hanat, Carrie Raymond, Lindsay Byrne and Bergindon McCurty. The squad also has five returning players from last year including, Nicole DeMeo and Regina Davis. The team will play 12 more games and need to win their conference to advance to the playoffs. It won't be easy though, with hard-hitting competition such as Uniondale, Lawrence, Farmingdale and Elmont. With taller and faster players this year, the playoffs aren't so far off. Clutch playing and smart tactics could lead to a conference championship and maybe even further. The team has great chemistry both on and off the court and is worthy of coming down and supporting starting on Sept. 30 at Schreiber High School. The Lady Vikings is ready to slam down its opponents and hopefully have a successful and enjoyable year.
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