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.
The chamber honored four people with the 2002 Community Service Award. They are James Eisenman, Toni Carter, Lucy Rabano and Town of North Hempstead Supervisor May Newburger.
Chamber President Warren Schein praised Eisenman for his many years of service as the chamber's vice president and his many contributions as a graphic designer and environmentalist. He was the founder of the chamber's HarborSafe Program and the creator of the "Try Port First" directory.
Schein thanked honorees Toni Carter and Lucy Rubano for their contributions to the HarborFest. They conceived of and organized the HarborFest Craft Show, which is one of HarborFest's biggest attractions. They have volunteered for many other community projects, including a very successful holiday toy and food drive.
Schein also had high praise for honoree Town of North Hempstead Supervisor May Newburger, calling her one of the staunchest supporters of the chamber for many years. He said that her encouragement and assistance made it possible for the Chamber's major goals to be achieved. These include the creation of the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District (BID) and the annual HarborFest. Her personal commitment to our community has resulted in both the economic and aesthetic revitalization of Port Washington.
The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce officers and directors for 2002-2003 are the following:
President- Warren Schein, Town of North Hempstead
1st Vice President: G.A. "Stretch" Ryder, Thomson Industries
2nd Vice President: Phyllis Joseph, Landmark on Main Street
3rd Vice President: J.P. Shields, Shields Bros. Plumbing and Hardware
Secretary: Charles A. Schnier, D.C, Port Washington Chiropractic office
Treasurer: Leslie Ann Jacobi, HSBC Bank
John DiLeo, Jr., John DiLeo & Son Landscapers
Richard Garofalo, Anthony's World of Floors/Mint Condition
Faye Gillespie, Town Planner Community Calendar
Nancy Gitomer, Sales Representative
Jodi Sharfman Goldstein, L.M.T./Twin Pines
Doreen Hannwacker, North Fork Bank
Ayhan Hassan, Shish Kebab/Fish Kebab/Mediterranean Marketplace
James Kallenberg, Jimmy's Shoes/Sirius
George Martin, Haven Marina
Lucy Mazany, State Bank of Long Island
Sal Milazzo, Milazzo Insurance Agency
Judy Ray, Carnel's Printing & Copy Center
Roy Smithheimer, Great Port Washington BID
M. William Solomon, All Port Travel
Andrew Trinchitella, Trink's Automotive Specialists
Edna Turner, Twin Pines
William Walk, D.D.S.
(Ed.'s note: Many thanks to Bobby Polay for her help with this article)