Varied and sundry items, including announcements of several upcoming events, were on the agenda at The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce's July meeting.
Chamber President Warren Schein announced that the annual Installation Dinner will be held on Sept. 22 at Fish Kebab. The community honorees this year are Jackie Pierangelo and Mari Gaudet from the Port News. Also this year the chamber will be honoring Anthony and Rosemary Garofalo, founders of Anthony's World of Floors, for their generosity in sponsoring an annual party for the entire community at the Manorhaven pool.
Schein reminded the audience that next year the chamber will be celebrating its 75th anniversary. He wants to do something different from past celebrations. He said he spoke to other board members about having a special show at Landmark to commemorate the event.
The chamber's Executive Director Bobbie Polay said the Octoberfest Antiques and Collectibles Fair and Merchant Mall will be on Oct. 3, with a rain date of Oct. 10.
Another annual event for chamber members is the Small Business Person of the Year Awards Breakfast, held by the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce. This year it will be at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Oct. 22. The executive board of the chamber voted to select Phyllis Joseph as its honoree this year because, in their words, "of her numerous contributions to the success of all chamber endeavors and her many years of service to the board."
The Science Museum's Dr. John Loret reported that the Explorers Club had a BioBlitz event last year in Central Park. This year they will have one at Leeds Pond, a first for Long Island. On Oct. 9-10, scientists from various organizations will see how many species they can count in a 24-hour survey. The public is invited to participate in several ways. Jim Fowler of the Explorers Club will kick off the event at a wine and cheese party for participants. There will also be a barbecue at the end. The Science Museum is asking for donations of food and drink.
A guest at the meeting, Dana Friedman of the Port Washington Child Care Partnership explained that the partnership is a group of organizations formed 20 years ago to improve the quality of child care in Port Washington. She said one of the problems today is that there are few alternatives for children from low income families in the summer. The AT LAST! Program run by the schools was approached about developing a program that children could join one week at a time and would cost about half the regular price, with scholarships offered to those who couldn't afford it. They anticipated about 80 children would sign up and have gotten 100. Eighty of the children need scholarships and the partnership needs to raise another $10,000. Since the partnership is not incorporated, the chamber has been acting as their fiduciary agent.
Chamber member Alex Montalenti talked about the Chamber/BID's new website, pwguide.com He distributed information about the activity on the website and said if the chamber can increase traffic on the website by linking it to more local websites, it will be placed higher on search engines like Google.
Edna Turner of the Twin Pines Co-op reported that the Kayak Club is up and running. They meet the last Tuesday of the month at the Community Chest building and go out on trips on Wednesdays and weekends.
Law Offices of John G. Dalton at 12 Monfort Road
White + One, a home furnishings store at 309 Main Street owned by Kimberle Frost and Susan Mucelotta
Bott's Service Center (a former member) - the BP station located at 80 Old Shore Road, President Kenneth Bott.
The next meeting of the chamber will be on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 8 a.m. at Fish Kebab restaurant located at 286 Main Street. Michael Aranow from the WCBS Small Business Network will be the guest speaker.