March 30, 2007

  • News: Fred Nicholson Wins Baxter Estates Mayoral Battle

    "I think it's pretty impressive that so many Baxter Estates Village voters came out to express their concern," said Fred Nicholson, the newly elected mayor as of the March 20 election. One hundred one residents from the approximately 250 houses that comprise the village voted for Nicholson for mayor and 60 for John Maher, who had served for two years as mayor and before that, five years as a trustee. Nicholson had also served as a trustee in the past. The three trustees, Charles Comer, Ray Keenan and Alice Peckelis, who ran uncontested, were also elected. FULL STORY

  • News: Twin Pines Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary

    Tucked away in the basement of the Community Chest building at 382 Main Street (corner of Prospect Avenue) is a small, dedicated group of individuals that are making major contributions to our community. The Twin Pines Co-operative recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. The guiding force behind the organization, Edna Turner, said that it is the last surviving co-operative on Long Island. Said Turner of the fact that they have not only thrived but survived this long in spite of many changes and challenges, "It's a miracle." FULL STORY

  • Sports: P.W. Track and Field Season Impressive

    Port Washington has a new team called the Port Washington Track and Field Club, which is in its third year. The first year there were three people; last year the team grew to four. This year the team consists of eight athletes. At this time the membership is small but the performances are impressive. All members attend Weber Middle School. They are continuing to prove that Port Washington has the good fortune of coming up with exceptional track and field athletes over many years. Track and field athletes at the high school level have won county, state, national, and international championships. Additionally, they have also broken county, Long Island, state, national, and world records, during high school and even after they graduate. FULL STORY

  • Sports: On the Bay

    There is a saying that good things come in small packages. This was proven once again out on the waters of Manhasset Bay this past Sunday, March 25. Readers are probably scratching their heads and wondering what in the world can sailing have to do with small packages. This time it isn't the little sailing dinghies under discussion, but one little girl who is making news this week. She is Sabrina Lorson, eight years old and in second grade. She has been crewing for her father for two or so years, and had the chance this past Sunday to skipper their IC dinghy (#536). Race committee called for the Crew Race with their loud hailer, and Sabrina was ready to go, eager to get that tiller in her hand. Pedro, the attentive father (and expert sailor) was positioned at the transom of the boat, ready to step in when needed. But this little skipper did just fine. To appreciate just how confident and skilled this young lady is, one has to have an idea of the scene at the starting line. There were 12 IC dinghies all crowding to the favored end, vying to good air. Right in the middle of all this jockeying comes #536 with young Sabrina at the helm, calm and collected. She looked like she had been doing this forever. They didn't win the crew race, but then again, that would have been something for the history books, because Sabrina was competing against Matt Wefer at the helm of Paul-Jon Patin's boat. For those unfamiliar to sailing, Paul-Jon is a local frostbiting "rock star" and the Wefer family has produced several generations of great sailors. So while they didn't win the crew race, Pedro and Sabrina did take line honors for the day. Back at the yacht club, your reporter was able to catch up with this little dynamo, and ask her about the day. "Was it a little scary at the start with all those boats so close?" "Not really," came the reply from this pint-sized sailor. "What about rounding marks - how was that?" Her reply, with a little smile, "I got a little help from my dad." Sabrina admitted that this is the second time she has skippered the boat, but that was last fall when she was so much younger. Kudos to this up-and-coming sailor - and to her father for providing her the opportunity to hone her skills. FULL STORY

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