DEC Publishes Decision on Cleanup of Former Munsey Cleaners Site
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has published a Record of Decision (ROD) for the former Munsey Cleaners site at 1029 Port Washington Boulevard. The site, located near the southeast corner of the Boulevard and Main Street and currently occupied by real estate broker Coldwell Banker, has a long and controversial history. The soil, indoor air, and groundwater were seriously contaminated with perchloroethylene (PCE), also known as tetrachloroethene (PERC). The result of exposure to these toxins, which are airborne, can range from dizziness and fatigue to damage to the nervous and/or reproductive systems, liver and/or kidney damage, cancer, and other major health problems.
Democracy Lab Results
The Port Washington-Sands Point Issues and Decisions Election of 2006 held Jan. 28-29 at the United Methodist Church was conducted by the all-volunteer Democracy Lab. Its president, Robert Berens, said that its purpose was to give the residents of ZIP code 11050 the chance to express themselves on important issues in the hopes that the results would get the attention of our elected officials. "While this election was advisory only, government officials can function more effectively if they are at least aware of the views of their constituents before these officials make decisions on public policy," said Mr. Berens.
St. Peter's Senior Basketball Team Makes LI Playoffs
The St. Peter's CYO Senior Boys Basketball team concluded its regular season in the top division of Nassau-Suffolk CYO with an impressive 7-3 record.
On the Bay
It has been said that sailing is a sport for all ages. Sailors have always known this to be true. Gary Jobson, in his March Jobson Report for Sailing World magazine, picks up on this thread and begins his monthly column with, "there's an old saying that sailing is a sport for kids from ages 8 to 80." Well, here in Manhasset Bay, we have sailors who began sailing with their parents way before the age of 8, and we have octogenarians out and about on our bay, enjoying the salt air, sunshine and fresh breezes. Jobson, it is interesting to note lived in Port Washington from 1973-1975 when he coached the sailing team at Kings Point, wrote about our sport's most senior members who are "setting sails" way into their 90s. He mentions Walter Cronkite, 89; Olin Stephens, 97; Bob McNitt, 90; Dr. Stuart Walker, 83; Bob Stone, 83. And of course, he writes about our very own "senior sailor", Ed du Moulin. With permission from both Gary Jobson and John Burnham, the editor of Sailing World magazine, the following is excerpted from Gary's column: "Ed du Moulin, 91, is working on a book that he says will cover 80 years of sailing, 47 years on Wall Street, four years of service during World War II, and a lot of 'crazy' incidents in his life. In 2001 du Moulin's recollections of seven America's Cup campaigns were published by the Herreshoff Marine Museum in The America's Cup and Me, an enjoyable read. After retiring from a successful career on Wall Street, he started a new one as manager for seven different America's Cup teams. Recently he's been slowed by illness but is looking forward to day sailing this summer. 'I've enjoyed all my boats over the years, but I always enjoy trying to find the next boat. I'm looking at an Alerion 28.' du Moulin has always had a winning diplomatic manner and has often brought adversaries together. I recall being on an America's Cup team that was eliminated, and even though Ed was part of another team, he and Fritz Jewett had the courage and good sportsmanship to thank our crew for pushing their team so hard. His extraordinary class has served many as a good example." Referring to the night at the New York YC that honored its 100 or so senior members, Jobson concluded his column with, "There's a common denominator I learned that night about senior sailors: they cherish their time on the water and they do anything they can to help and inspire others to do the same." Those who know our "senior sailor" would heartily agree with that statement.
Stands Firm on Strong Need for Larger Share of State Aid for Port
Unhappy With Proposed School Budget Increase