Joel Ziev, center, with Jamie Gross, left, and John Thomson at the Manhasset Bay Kayak Run held in August 2005. Credit: Andrea Watson
The Community Chest of Port Washington is pleased to announce that it will be honoring Joel D. Ziev, Ed.D., as its 2005 Citizen of the Year. All are invited to attend the Community Chest's Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 26, at which Dr. Ziev will be presented with a plaque in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding volunteer service on behalf of the citizens of Port Washington. The meeting will take place at 8 p.m. at the Port Washington Public Library and is open to the public.
Since 1978, Dr. Ziev has been an active member of the Community Chest's Board of Directors and Executive Committee. For many years, he chaired the organization's Budget & Admissions Committee, which is responsible for allocating funds to local charitable organizations. He went on to serve as president from 2000-2004, during which time he led the effort to make the Port Washington Thanksgiving Day Run a successful fundraiser for the Community Chest and an annual holiday event looked forward to by many Port Washington residents.
The Community Chest is not the only local organization to benefit from Dr. Ziev's dedicated service. He is a consultant to the Town of North Hempstead on managing the town's waterways, former chair of the Town's Waterfront Advisory Commission, and current chair of the Port Washington Public Library's Nautical Committee. He also served for many years as President of Bayview Colony. In addition, he is a former chair of the Long Island Alzheimer Foundation's Government Relations Committee and is an advisor to the Port Washington Senior Center and Community Mainstreaming Associates.
Dr. Ziev's public spiritedness extends beyond his volunteer activities; he has also dedicated his professional life to working on behalf of people with disabilities. For nearly two decades he was the executive director of the New York Society for the Deaf. He has also taught at St. John's University, the University of Massachusetts, New York University and SUNY Old Westbury, chaired the United Nations Opening Ceremonies for the International Year of the Disabled, consulted with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Office of Defense Preparedness and the National Institute for Advanced Studies, and has served since 1979 as a Certified Impartial Hearing Officer for the New York State Department of Education. Dr. Ziev has been appointed to serve on many government and professional commissions and advisory boards at the local, state and national levels, and has authored publications too numerous to mention. In 1997, he founded Partners for Access, LLC, to provide consulting services on meeting the needs of people with disabilities.
Dr. Ziev is also an avid sailor with over 50 years sailing experience. He is a member of the Little Neck Bay Power Squadron and an associate member of the North Shore Yacht Club. He lives in Port Washington with his wife Patricia, and has four children and two grandchildren, who we suspect will grow up to carry on his tradition of community service.
The Community Chest of Port Washington is a not-for-profit organization established in 1949 to raise funds for distribution to local charities dedicated to improving people's lives. Donations to the Community Chest support these charities' programs in Port Washington, including services for children, seniors, families, and those in need in our community, exemplifying the spirit of The People of Port Helping the People of Port. Contributions may be sent to: Community Chest of Port Washington, 382 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050. For more information about the Community Chest of Port Washington, please call 767-2121 or visit our website at www.portchest.org.