County Executive Holds Economic Development Tour and Forum
Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi recently held a public meeting to discuss economic development plans for the Port Washington peninsula. This area, which constitutes one of the county's 35 economic development zones, comprises the incorporated villages of Baxter Estates, Manorhaven, Port Washington North and Sands Point, as well as the unincorporated area, which is governed by the Town of North Hempstead. The meeting was designed to get community input into the county's vision for future economic development. Suozzi said, "[These] are such great communities. We want to take care of these neighborhoods so that residents can enjoy them f Tom Suozzior years to come. I am very pleased that for the first time in many years, Nassau County residents are permitted a hand in shaping the future of their community."
Scholarship Established in Memory of Peter Vabulas
The Peter Vabulas Memorial Scholarship will grant an award of $1,000 this year to an exemplary graduating senior. The scholarship, newly-established, honors an outstanding young man, a member of Schreiber High School's Class of 1999, who died suddenly and tragically last year. He had been a student at Tufts University.
Public Faces, Private Lives
More than 1,200 young athletes and their parents traipse through Lions Field each week. All have the good fortune to catch a glimpse of the welcoming face of PYA's own William Thomas Owens, or Billy O as his friends call him. Born and bred in Port, one of six talented brothers, Billy has been attending to Lions Field for the past three years. Part coach, part trainer and fulltime observer of human nature, Billy has seen enough action on the field to earn an honorary psychiatry degree. We could consider him as PYA's resident therapist and "Dr. LAX" may be an appropriate title to call him if you are so inclined. He has played lacrosse all his life for love rather than reward and as the game increases in popularity, Billy's involvement will as well.
On The Bay
Sailors always have good stories to tell, be it their adventures in long distance blue water racing, a crowded starting line in fleet racing or disputes settled by protest committee. Whether or not the story accurately reflects what really happened is often subject to question, depending on the story teller's imagination and liberal use of exaggeration. A good story has emerged from the Annual Frostbite Awards Dinner, but this story stands on its own, not needing any embellishments. The story goes like this: Ginny Seymour, the widow of Howard Seymour, came up north from her home in Florida, to see friends and attend the Frostbite dinner. Over the past few months she has been busy creating the Howard Seymour Memorial Trophy to recognize a skipper, crew or Race Committee member who has contributed to the sport of winter sailing. She chose the frostbite group because Howard competed in his IC Dinghy, Sneezy, for over 40 years. He also sailed in Atlantics, International One Designs, Resolutes, and Etchells, but these fleets are no longer in active in our bay. The trophy that was presented at the dinner was beautiful, and carries a bit of sailing history on Manhasset Bay. Placed on top of a beautiful mahogany base is Howard's first place silver trophy from his 1954 achievements in the Resolute class. It was quite an emotional moment when Ginny opened the envelop and presented the first Howard Seymour Memorial Trophy to Bob Kirtland, for the Seymours and the Kirtlands have been friends for years. In fact, Ginny met her future husband as she was walking into the reception after Bob Kirtland's daughter's wedding. Howard, being the gentleman he was, would not let an unescorted woman enter the building alone, and the rest, as they say, is history. Congratulations to Bob Kirtland for his most deserved honor.
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