Port Community Meets to Discuss Health Care for Children
On Thursday evening, Oct. 21, St. Stephen's Church and the Social Action Committee of the Community Synagogue in Sands Point hosted a program to discuss some of the services, which are available through the Nassau County Department of Health. The moderator, Shannon Jauck, started the presentation and discussed how residents might obtain free or inexpensive health care for children. Delmy Tejada, also from the Nassau County Department of Health, repeated the presentation in Spanish. Various related programs were discussed for families who have had difficulty accessing medical care due to rising costs.
Fund-raising Dinner for Ashley Cosola
The Port Washington Fire Department hosted a Pasta Dinner and Chinese Auction on Saturday Nov. 6 to help benefit Ashley Cosola, a 5-year old diagnosed with lung cancer. The event was a huge success and demonstrated the tremendous support and concern in our community.
On The Bay
Move over frostbiters, there's another group competing for headlines during the winter sailing season. This group doesn't sail on Manhasset Bay, but over at the Mill Pond and they are part of those model boat sailors from the Mill Pond Model YC. And not only do they sail in the winter, some of them actually wade into the waters of the Mill Pond to make adjustments on their boat. Whether or not this maneuver is legal while racing is another issue, but they must have been pretty cold last Saturday, Nov. 20. It was an incredibly damp, raw kind of day, with rain heavy at times - though this didn't seem to bother the 11 sailors who stuck around for five races. At least frostbiters have a slight chance of keeping warm as they sail in their IC dinghies, for they hike out to keep the boat flat (very important if you don't want to take a swim in Manhasset Bay), and they move about the boat. The hardy souls sailing their models, are relegated to walking (slowly) up and down the shore of the pond, and use hand motions to sail their boat - not nearly enough motion to stave off the cold. This didn't seem to matter, for the stakes were high. This was not just any weekend racing for the model boats - this was the Millennium Cup, the annual competition for the Odom Class of model boats, which was inaugurated in 2000. The ODOM class name comes from the description of the boat - One Design/One Meter. The one meter refers to the hull of the model, which is equal to 39.375 inches. The 11 hardy model boat sailors included Greg Danilek, Damian Devereaux, Jamie Ebenau, George Huntington, Dave James, Widge James, Gary Kassl, Mike Kurnides, Jim Rachleff, Robert Ward, and Jim Wood. Final results after five races: 1. Dave James, 2. Jamie Ebenau, and 3. Greg Danilek. And this might not be the last we hear of the model boats, for there is talk of continuing racing during the winter months.
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