Bossa Nova - A Welcome Addition to the Port Washington Restaurant Scene
Overlooking the Manhasset Bay harbor on Shore Road, Bossa Nova offers traditional Brazilian cuisine, rounding out Port's diverse variety of ethnic restaurants. Bossa Nova is owned and operated by Michael Rodizzio, who also owns the popular Romántico restaurant.
A Unique Mentorship Program Joins Merchant Marine Cadets and Daly Students
If you happen to be at Daly Elementary School on Fridays, don't be shocked if you see several dashing young men in uniform in some classrooms, hallways, and eating lunch with students in the cafeteria. A new program has brought four cadets from the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point to Daly to mentor and assist four and fifth graders. The program was initiated by Mike Murray, the academy's life skills advisor and basketball coach, and Mrs. Elaine Ajello, interim principal of Daly, and has been a rousing success since its inception in December. The cadets - Philip Curran, Joseph Azzata, Josh Ervasti and Erick Amiscosa - volunteer each Friday morning, despite very demanding academy classes and responsibilities. Not only have they rapidly become highly popular with the students, but the teachers say they look forward to their visits as well. "The program is making a big difference," said Mrs. Ajello.
Port Basketball Overwhelms Lawrence
At the beginning of the boys Port basketball season, there were many high expectations, and why not? Port had two returning starters, Ira James and Fred Dumpson, along with the return of guard Brian Moran from an injury that plagued him most of last season. However, all these high expectations and hype went right out the window once the season started. Losing four out of their first five league games really came as a shock to many of the players on the team. They knew that they could play a better brand of basketball. With their tough win against Long Beach two weeks ago, Port looked for another win against Lawrence last week. They once again played masterfully against Lawrence (0-7), and came up with their second victory in a row to improve to 3-4 in league play.
On The Bay
The marmot meteorologist, aka Punxsutawney Phil, has spoken and the prognosis is not good at all. It seems that our furry forecaster existed in his home in Gobbler's Knob, saw his shadow, didn't want to deal with six more weeks of winter, and retreated to spend the next six weeks in his cozy hole in the ground. But before he returned, he had this to say, "I'm glad I live in this luxurious burrow on the knob, and not in a dirty, smelly, spider hole like a slob." Could Phil have been referring to the capture of Saddam Hussein, and if so, how in the world does he have access to such information while spending all those months underground? While completely current in world affairs, Punxsutawney Phil may not be the final authority on our winter weather. His Georgia counterpart, Gen. Beauregard Lee, never saw his shadow, predicting an early spring. So we have a conundrum on this 118th Ground Hog Day. What this might mean is that our weather in the next six weeks may have some days of sun and warmer weather. That would be good - if it unfreezes Manhasset Bay and lets our sailors have some fun frostbiting on Sunday afternoons.
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