Town: Keeping Things Clean and Green
Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Councilman Fred Pollack announced this week that North Hempstead is launching its "Green Team," an initiative geared toward maintaining the character of the town's downtown areas by keeping streets free from debris. Members of the "Green Team" will be deployed throughout various commercial areas of the town in order to assist in litter removal and code enforcement.
Getting Around the Bay-Port's Water Taxi
One of the more delightful sights for Manhasset Bay watchers is the canopy-covered blue-hulled vessel known as the water taxi. The boat, the Sarah M. is the flagship of the fleet of proprietor Matthew P. Meyran of Manhasset Isle. The Sarah M., named after Meyran's mother, is a 21-foot Crosby diesel launch and carries up to 22 passengers. A second boat, a 24-foot Carolina open skiff, also plies the waters of the bay.
PYA Fall Season Under Way
Summer is winding down, school is back in session and baseball pennant races are heating up. That means Port Washington Youth Activities' fall sports season has begun. Since right after Labor Day, new, fresh faces have joined up with seasoned PYA athletes in a full slate of sports now under way:
On the Bay
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's Lois McClure and the tugboat C.L. Churchill will arrive at the Town Dock today and will remain there until Sunday, Sept. 25. She will be open to the public today and Friday from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Lois McClure is a replica of an 1862 schooner and was launched on July 3, 2004. This replica canal schooner was constructed by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in the Burlington, Vermont on Lake Champlain. The four-year project was a collaboration between boat builders, nautical archaeologists and community volunteers. The hull is built from more than 20,000 feet of white oak. White pine was used for the decks, while masts, booms and gaffs were hewn from white spruce. The replica, like the historic originals on which she is based, is 88 feet long, with a beam of 14.5 feet. Significant features that were re-created include the mast tabernacle (the box on deck into which the mast is secured), the moveable centerboard in its 18-foot-long centerboard trunk, and the hourglass-shaped stern. Lois McClure was launched in 2004, and has since proven to be a fine sailing vessel. Although the schooner is a box-shaped utilitarian cargo carrier, and lacks the fine lines associated with most sailing vessels, she handles surprisingly well. She tacks with certainty even on a light air, and with 11 tons of marble cargo on board, she is both responsive and stable.
Hopes Community Supports Schools and Teachers