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Police and detectives were astonished by the audacity of those involved in the partial destruction of the senior building in Manorhaven.

On Sept. 29 Dolores Holliday, the director of the Port Washington Senior Center at 80 Manorhaven Boulevard, noticed that the newly-installed roof was leaking. Ms. Holliday immediately contacted the contractor who discovered that some unknown individuals had constructed an extensive skateboard ramp on the roof. The ramp was attached to the roof with 90 screw holes embedded into the roof allowing water to literally pour into the building and penetrate deeply into its interior causing extensive damage to several rooms. In addition to the roof damage, the interior ceilings and walls and carpeting will require replacement for additional thousands of dollars.

These destructive and unconscionable actions have not only caused extensive damage to the building, but has threatened the health and activities of the senior citizens who meet daily at the center and depend upon its activities and nourishing lunches. Water leaking into the boiler also damaged the unit causing loss of heat and required temporary closing of the Center on Thursday, Oct. 27.

If you have any information about the perpetrators of this vandalism, please call Dolores Holliday at 883-6656 and/or Detective Farco of the Nassau County Police, 6th Division at 573-6652.

Contributions to the Center would be greatly appreciated at this time. Checks should be made out to the Port Washington Senior Citizens Center, Inc. and sent to 80 Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Shirley Barsky


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