Fencing at Weber Middle School Signals Start of Construction
Fencing that will close off the construction site at Weber Middle School has been set up this week, signaling the start of an anticipated 12 to 14 month schedule of additions and renovations of the school building.
Barbara J. Johnson Memorial Seminar
On October 27 the third annual Barbara J. Johnson Memorial Seminar was held at the Great Neck-Port Washington Elks Hall. These talks were initiated by Barbara Johnson in 1997 with the aim of educating women and their families about the latest advances in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Johnson died in 2000 after a 14-year battle with breast cancer but the seminars continue, co-sponsored by her son, County Legislator Craig Johnson and his father, Stuart Johnson. This year's guest speakers were Dr. George Raptis and Andrea Geduld, ACSW, both of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Raptis is head of the Clinical Breast Cancer Program and oncology associate at the Derald H. Ruttenberg Cancer Center and Geduld is director of the Breast Health Resource Program, which in addition to its existing patients each year helps 500 new patients and their families cope with the breast cancer diagnosis.
On The Bay
Mother nature seems to be playing tricks on us. Two weekends ago, when frostbiting season began, the weather was cold, damp and about 20 degrees lower than the normal temperature for the early part of November. One could say that, even for a frostbiter, the weather was basically unpleasant, especially when it is the first excursion out on Manhasset Bay for our "winter sport." Fast-forward to last Sunday, Nov. 10, and the Sunday competitors were greeted with an overcast sky and almost balmy weather, reaching the mid-60s. But the wind was so strong, at 15-20 knots out of the SW, with higher gusts, that the RC cancelled racing for the IC dinghies and ran four races off the Manhasset Bay dock for the six Laser sailors. One might ask why RC would allow one class of boats to sail and not another. IC dinghies, a two-man boat about 11 feet long, are "unforgiving" boats, easily capsized, and quite difficult to right, especially in windy conditions. The one-person Lasers, on the other hand, capsize frequently, but are easily righted, as the skipper merely crawls to the high side of the boat and stands on the rudder to bring the boat and sail back to the normal sailing position. The laser sailors had a lot of practice "righting" their boats last Sunday, as RC counted at least 15 capsizes, but then stopped counting. For readers unfamiliar with this boat, rest assured that the skippers were safe at all times, as three crash boats followed them around the racecourse. But only once did a Laser sailor need RC assistance, and that was only to untangle lines that had wrapped around a mooring.
PYA Manhasset PAL Junior Football
In the first game on Sunday, Nov. 3, undefeated Iowa in Black sponsored by Port Washington PBA lost its first game 7-0 to Penn State in White sponsored by Port Washington Tennis Academy. The game was a defensive struggle until the White team behind the running of Jason DeSimone and Tony Froccaro moved down the field and Froccaro scored on a 9 yard run in the second period. Jonathan Keren scored the extra point. For the White, Dan Marici recovered two fumbles, Mike O'Hora recovered one and Froccaro made tackles all over the field. Brannon Benilevi also played well on defense. For the Black team, Drew Belinsky, Matt Wood and Chris Cook ran well. Jason Sirotkin, Jason Gurewitz and Zachary Gunzberg also played well. Despite the loss, the Black team remained in first place with 8 points and will play next Sunday against Oklahoma in Red in the playoffs.
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