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April 16, 2004

  • News: Dr. Irwin Kellner Talks About the State of the Economy

    Dr. Irwin Kellner's talk at the Friends of the Library-sponsored event last year was so popular that they asked him to return and update listeners on the current state of the economy. Friends' President Amy Bass, said, "Maybe we'll make this an annual event." Judging from the response of the participants who crowded the room at Louie's, that would likely be a welcome decision. FULL STORY

  • News: The First Gambol

    It was quite a surprise to come home one day and find a message from a well-spoken woman phoning from Florida inquiring about the Gambol Bricks! Despite many years away from Port Washington, she still calls Port her home." So often do we hear how Port Washington is a special place to live. Speaking to Sarah Brown Weitzman truly brings this to life. It is amazing how many generations are embedded in our history. A sense of community is abundant in everything that is around town. Port Washington is forever in the hearts of those who live and grow up here and the support of the Gambol is very much a part of Port. The following is her story.) FULL STORY

  • Sports: On The Bay

    According to the A Centennial History of the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club by George N. Graf, Jr., a group of yachtsmen from several yacht clubs appointed George A. Corry and William G. Newman of the club to develop a class which would provide keen racing for skippers of moderate means. The year was 1911, and the now famous Star boat was born. The new boat was designed by Francis Sweisguth, who was considered a very good naval architect of his day. Issac E. Smith, a Port Washington boat builder received the order to build the first 22 boats, of which about one-half were sold to members of American YC, with the rest remaining in Manhasset Bay. The bow and transom of the first Star boat, owned by "Pop" Corry of Manhasset Bay YC is still displayed at the club. After World War II, the Star class disappeared from our bay, but the class went on to be one of the most successful boats ever designed. Many of the world's best sailors learned sailing on the Star, and today the Star class is part of the sailing fleet at the Olympics. It seems fitting, almost ironic, that Paul Cayard (Star World Championship 1988, the Star North American's 1993-94, and the Whitbread 'Round the World Race 1998), and Phil Trinter (Star World Championship 1993) won the right to represent the United States at this year's Olympics in the Star Class, for Phil Trinter, who is from Lorain, OH, is living right here in Port Washington with his wife who is teaching in a Long Island high school. For local area residents, having a "home town" interest in the Olympics, sailing in a boat that was developed and built in Port Washington, should make this year's competition a lot of fun to watch. And with the sailing skills and determination of these two terrific sailors, they have a great chance of capturing the gold medal. Cayard who has been in the Olympic Trials four times, including this year's trials (1984, 1988 and 1996) and Trinter three times (1996 and 2000), explained their win this year. "This regatta was pretty sweet," said Cayard. "We put a lot more preparation in this time," he explained when asked what was different this time around, explaining that many of the lessons he learned during the America's Cup he could afford to implement for these Trials, something he would not have been able to afford when younger. Cayard and Trinter were able to sit out the last two races of the series after mathematically securing their win. With the sailing skills and determination of these two men, there is a very good chance that they will capture the gold medal. Let the games begin! FULL STORY

  • Opinion: Rules Should Not Hurt Innocent Students
  • Opinion: Response to Schlussel Letter Re Library Budget Logo
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