Port Police Participate In Nationwide Gang Roundup
The Port Washington Police Department played a significant role in a sweeping federal government initiative to root out and deport illegal aliens who have engaged in serious criminal activity. The crackdown focused on a notorious Salvadoran street gang known as MS-13 and led to the arrests of 103 suspected members nationwide including 30 on Long Island and 4 in Port Washington.
Shared Vision for Peninsula Kicks Off
The Shared Vision for the Port Washington Peninsula hit the ground running on March 7, when over 250 people attended the first open forum at Weber Middle School. Obviously, many Port residents wanted to share their concerns and ideas about open space, the waterfront and water quality.
LAX Honors Coach Roger Winter
Most famous and distinguished people are honored at a dinner, gala or a concert. Port Washington is preparing to honor Roger Winter, an icon whose 35-year career in teaching and coaching has made him a legend. "The best way to honor Coach Winter is to have a lacrosse tournament in his honor," said Raquel Pirano, a past student of Coach Winter and the new head varsity lacrosse coach. Coach Pirano and her assistant, Brandy Miller have organized the first "Port Washington Winter Lacrosse Classic." The event will take place on Saturday, March 26. Some top varsity girls' lacrosse teams have accepted the invitation these include: Manhasset, Harborfields, West Islip, Bay Shore, Shawnee (NJ), Greenwich (Conn), and Smoke Hill all the way from Colorado. A full morning of round-robin scrimmages are scheduled from 9 a.m. until 1. Following play, all the players, coaches and officials will join together for lunch provided by Port's Uncle Buck's Deli. Arena Graphics has designed and manufactured the tournament's commemorative shirt to be given to all the players. "We hope to make this an annual event," said Coach Pirano. "Roger Winter has done so much for Port Washington lacrosse. Personally speaking, he was my coach when I was a student and showed me the way how lacrosse was able to open many doors for me in college and my career." Here I am today, a Schreiber alumni and now teaching and coaching in my home town, he was my mentor, my role model."
On The Bay
Happy spring! Early in the morning last Sunday, March 20, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) national weather service put out a winter storm advisory with "snow and freezing rain" until 9 a.m. Those of us who were awake had a moment of dissonance - wasn't this the first day of spring, and why was Mother Nature continuing to torment us? At precisely 7:33 a.m., spring arrived and many of us wanted to celebrate by dancing in the street, but if we did, we would have been cold and wet. While our area did not get another snowstorm, the day was overcast and rainy. Not exactly the kind of day that screams "spring" - we'll have to wait for another day to have brilliant sunshine highlight a few crocuses and buds on the trees. Our frostbiters didn't seem to let the dreary day put a damper on their spirits, but one must realize these folks are used to this kind of weather, and some even say, they like it. By the time they arrived back at the club after a good day of competition, spirits were high, the conversation animated, and the mood electric. After many Sundays of no sailing because of ice or high winds, this group has lots to celebrate for they have raced now for two weekends in a row. The Race Committee ran five races and one crew race in light wind out of the SE. The Crew Race this week was extra special. Johanna Silbersack, 13, skippering IC dinghy #707 with her father, John Silbersack as crew, demolished the rest of the fleet, crossing the finish line "miles ahead" of their nearest competitor. One would have thought this was an Olympic competition, as all the boats in the fleet were cheering them on at each mark rounding, and as they crossed the finish line, the Race Committee - that group who is committed to unbiased comments during a race - could be heard on land cheering their victory. Johanna is a product of the MBYC Junior Sailing program, and one observer was heard to say, "and it really shows." Team Silbersack's start did not bode well, for they almost capsized during what John Silbersack deemed "a radical roll tack," one that had him bailing water from the boat all the way to the windward mark. But Johanna stayed cool, and "didn't let the start faze her."
Baxter Estates Election a Sham
Applauds Port Library and Urges Yes Vote on Budget