Port Gets a New Neighborhood Restaurant
To begin, we sampled the torte di verde, an interesting lasagna-like dish with layers of mozzarella and fresh vegetables, including asparagus, peppers and eggplant. It can be ordered hot or cold. Our party quickly devoured another spectacular appetizer -- lightly fried buffalo mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto di Parma served in a lemon and white wine sauce. Comments from our dinner companions included: "Magnificent. Sensational. The best thing I've had in a long time." The polenta with shitake mushrooms was flavorful and delicious, as were the escargots with butter, oil and garlic. Other appetizer offerings include a cold seafood salad, stuffed artichoke, and grilled calamari.
Supervisor Jon Kaiman Calls State of the Town 'Great'
Despite the bitter cold, over 150 constituents, community leaders, and elected and appointed officials gathered Jan. 27 for a luncheon hosted by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Port Washington-Manhasset at the George Washington Manor to hear North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman deliver his second State of the Town address. In summary, Supervisor Kaiman said, "The state of the Town of North Hempstead is good. In fact, it is great and getting better all the time."
Elks Hoop Shoot
On Saturday, Jan. 8, the Elks Lodge held their annual "Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest" for boys and girls ages 8-12 at Weber Middle School. Elks Director of Youth Activities Dick Scallon, a longtime Port Washington resident, said, "This event is the largest and most visible of the many youth activities sponsored by the Elks Lodge. We love hosting it as it highlights our commitment to America's youth."
On The Bay
Key West 2005, that winter interlude down south that attracts some of the best sailors from around the world, had a line up this year that read like a who's who in sailing. Some of the "rock stars" that competed this year include Kevin Burnham, the 2004 Olympic Gold medalist who has just been named Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, Gold medalist Sofia Bedatorou of Greece, Silver medalist Charlie Ogletree from Texas, and three-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts, considered the best America's Cup helmsman of all time, plus JJ Isler, Mark Reynolds, Jonathan and Charlie McKee, Randy Smyth, John Bertrand, John Cutler and John Kostecki. Filling out the roster that included 295 boats with 3,000 sailors from 13 countries and 35 states, were serious amateurs who had a chance to have a go against world-class teams. That's what is so great about Key West. Not only does it break up the winter doldrums, offer great wind conditions, and the best race management from Premiere Racing, it gives really great racers a chance to see how they stack up against Olympic medalists, America's Cup veterans, Volvo Race winners and other world champions. Port Washington and Manhasset are known as a sailing enclave and many of our local sailors were down in Key West this year and have brought back some great stories of their adventures - all of them exciting, some disappointing, but all enthusiastic about wanting to return next year. In fact, some have already secured housing for Key West 2006. Such is the lure of this regatta, that teams plan a year ahead just for the thrill of sharing the starting line with the best of the best. While the rest of us were digging out from under two feet of snow, our sailors were spending some serious time in the water off of the southern tip of Florida. Not that teams did not have to work hard for the entire week; with high winds and the extreme competitiveness in each divisions, each tack, mark rounding and downwind set took a lot of work. One slight mistake and three or more boats could easily sail past and send your team to the lower end of the leader board. The sailing was so strenuous that some sailors admitted to skipping the evening entertainment and heading for some much needed sleep - imagine that!
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