Therapy Dogs Bring Cheer to the Elderly and Disabled
As Port News interviews her owner, interior designer Eta Wright, Morgan, a/k/a Mary or Mary Morgan, stands proud as if she understands the importance of the work she does. Morgan, a three-year-old standard poodle who turned three on the Fourth of July, has been fully credentialed as a therapy dog. Once a week, Morgan and Eta go to the Sands Point Center for Health and Rehabilitation, visiting the residents' rooms. Just the simple act of petting Morgan and perhaps giving her a treat cheers the nursing home residents enormously, making them smile when little else does. "They so look forward to her visits," said Eta. "They brighten up when they see her. One woman is content just to hold her leash." The health and emotional benefits of therapy pets - and even "regular" pets - have been well documented.
40th Reunion for Schreiber '66 Attracts From Far and Near
George McCall of Greenville, South Carolina, chatted so familiarly with two of his friends whom he has known since they attended Sousa Junior High School that you would never have guessed he had not seen or spoken to them since graduating from Schreiber High School in 1966. No one knew McCall's whereabouts but he was able to learn about the Schreiber '66 reunion on the weekend of July 7 and 8 from an issue of the Port Washington News, which he still gets delivered to his Greenville home. His parents, who regularly read the newspaper, pointed out the reunion item to him. Randy Hall from Birmingham, Alabama, McCall's friend, lost touch also with everyone from high school but learned of the reunion from Classmates.com. He was especially proud to have been part of the championship football team. Port Washington was undefeated from 1963 to 1967. The third friend, Jim Sheperd, a music teacher in Great Neck, stayed on Long Island so he was easy to locate. Friday night they spent together with the other graduates at Finn McCools and Saturday at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club.
On the Bay
For the over 700 sailors who competed this past week at New York YC Race Week at Newport, the final races were an ideal ending to a perfect regatta - well an almost perfect regatta. Lack of wind forced the cancellation of the midweek Round the Island Race, a competition which separates the PHRF and IRC races from the second half of racing, which is devoted to one-design racing. Race Week's unique format allows sailors to compete in both handicap and one-design racing at a single event. In some cases, the sailors compete on two different boats, but in others, the same boat competes with the same crew in both sessions. Such was the case with Craig Albrecht, who hails from Sea Cliff, and represents Port Washington YC on Avalanche, a Farr 395. During the first half of the week, Albrecht and his team started out strong and held onto their lead. According to Principal Race Officer Robin Wallace, the last day of racing was "the quintessential Newport day: a smoky sou'wester with a little bit of swell - no wind-against-the-current chop." Those conditions put the only two non-winning scores in Craig Albrecht's 11-race scoreline. Albrecht was on a winning streak until the last day (his finishes were 2-3) but he still easily won his PHRF Class 3 after leading from day one. Albrecht then went on to come in third in the one-design class for the Farr 395 class. One could say that Craig et al had a very good week in Newport.
Bob Litwin Champion in 55 and Over Division
The record setting 80th annual National Public Parks Tennis Championships concluded on Sunday, June 25th. The tournament was held at the country's largest public facility, the USTA National Tennis Center, which is also the home to the US Open.
The Bradley Hotel - 'NOT'
Staff Contract at Library Should Be Resolved