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Kudos to Mr. Howard Bernstein for his very insightful and 'right on target' letter titled 'Conditions of Main Street in Port Washington' which appeared in the April 6 issue of Port News. I join him in deploring the blight that has befallen Main Street, and that includes its dirty condition with garbage strewn all over. In the 40-plus years of living in Port, never have I seen the principal thoroughfare of our town in such a condition. Evidently there is an element in our community that just doesn't care how Port Washington looks. I submit that inasmuch as "Pride in Port" is a very noble and meaningful event that takes place annually in the fall, it should be practiced 365 days a year, 24/7! Walking up and down Main Street, one easily concludes that it isn't the case! This has been previously called to the attention of Port's Chamber of Commerce. Sadly with no demonstrative results of improvement! Has the time come to fine those that litter our town? And where are "Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington" in all of this? Planting trees is fine. But what's the sense of planting them, when they become a depository of refuse? Is it also time to seriously consider seceding from the dependency on the Town of North Hempstead? One has to seriously ask whether Port is getting its 'bang for the buck' from town hall. Based on an apparent neglect by the TNH as evidenced by what it allows Port to look like, it seems to be doubtful! Port Washington already has the infrastructure to become an independent municipality. Included is already a police department, fire department, water district, garbage district, etc...The only thing that's missing is self governance. Let's not hold our breath for the town's Visioning program to become a reality. The wheels of bureaucracy and action grind ever so slowly! If there ever was a case to be made for home rule, and to sever the dependence on and service from the TNH to improve Port's aesthetic appearance and quality of life, this might very well be the time.

Stan Ronell


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