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The upcoming 'Pride in Port' weekend prompts one to reflect on the conditions in Port and to ask where is and what happened to 'Pride in Port'? Specifically, the question deals with garbage of all sorts strewn up and down Main Street. One need only take a stroll on this main thoroughfare, and the evidence will become glaringly and regrettably clear. Is it the fault of the merchants? Maybe to some extent but certainly not completely. They can do only so much to keep the area in front of their establishments clean. Is it the people who live in or visit Port? That is more likely. The fact is that it wasn't that way not that many years ago. Evidently the element that defiles our town with refuse, has no 'Pride in Port'. Apparently their bad habits have found a new "home." The shopping areas haven't escaped this blight either. The Soundview Market Place is another example of blatant disregard for cleanliness. One wonders what sort of an impression we make on outside visitors. The answer is obvious!

One needs to question the apparent lack of concern to this condition by our chamber of commerce with the objective of keeping our town clean. Well intentioned as the chamber is, it apparently abrogated its responsibility in that area, and in effect ran up the flag pole the "surrender flag"! It is respectfully suggested that the chamber take the strongest measures to clean up Port and to keep it clean! The chamber should make this its priority number one! And cleanliness isn't the only issue. Drive on some of Port's roads. Some are a veritable lunar surface! Sandy Hollow Road is just one such example, contributing to loss of hubcaps and shock absorbers! Oversight of road maintenance should also be the responsibility of the chamber of commerce to ensure that either the Town of North Hempstead, the county or the state fulfill their obligation to maintain the integrity and safety of our roads.

One can only hope that 'Pride in Port', as evidenced by concern for our town and civil behavior by some of its inhabitants will be a 365 days per year celebration rather than just over a weekend in October.

Stan Ronell


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