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At the September Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting, Phyllis Joseph welcomed new chamber member Martha De Groot, LLC and owner Nina Silverstein, a home furnishings business located at 273 Main Street.

Joseph said the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce will hold its annual Small Businessperson of the Year Awards Breakfast on Oct. 19. The executive board unanimously selected Mitch Schwartz, of Millenium Software, as Port Washington's businessperson of the year. She said he certainly earned the honor for all the volunteer work he has done for the chamber.

Polay said that the merchants in middle Main Street have had several meetings to discuss promotions for the area. One suggestion was a mural on the side of a building. Coincidentally, a local artist, Alice Jen, called the chamber office for assistance in applying for a grant to do a Port Washington mural. Alice Jen is now working with the mid-Main Street merchants on the project.

The Kiwanis Club agreed to be the nonprofit agency for the project, thanks to Jerry Rudnick. Alice Melzer, who is also an artist, and several other local businesspeople agreed to support the project. Marilyn Howland, of Main Street Wines & Liquors, offered the side of her building, which faces her parking lot on Main Street and Madison Street and has lighting and security cameras.

The design that was agreed upon will be a scene of Port Washington as viewed from the water looking toward the land, with several landmarks visible on land. Debbie Greco's husband will take a photo from his boat to use as a basis for the scene. Greco said this mural project may be the first of several community art projects.

Scott Rex asked if permission from the Town of North Hempstead is needed.. Chamber executive director Bobbie Polay said she will check into it, although it would be on private property. Melzer said it is an art project, not a sign, which would need town approval. She hopes it is the beginning of the beautification of Port Washington.

Joseph asked if anyone had ideas for new projects to do in the upcoming season. Marie Marcellino, of Mainly Marketing, said she hopes Port can have a restaurant week and wanted to solicit the opinions of the restaurant owners. Ayhan Hassan said he would like to see the restaurant week at any time. Joseph said Landmark on Main Street would help make it happen. Often, people calling for tickets to a show ask about local restaurants. Greco said it could be advertised as "dinner and a show." Nesli Ciner said she has experience with a Restaurant Week in New York City and found the newspapers very helpful. She and Marcellino said they would work on the project.

Elaine Abramson said her store, Unleashed, will sponsor a Halloween Pet Parade on Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. People can bring their pets in costume to parade in front of her store.

Reporting on events that were to take place in September, Phyllis Joseph spoke about the International Beach Cleanup on Sept. 15. Edna Turner said every year people throughout the world take an inventory of the trash that is collected on the waterfront and the amount has been decreasing every year. In our area, three locations are selected. Leeds Pond is cleaned by the Kayak Club; Baxter Beach cleaned by the Kayak Club if they have time, and Manorhaven Beach is cleaned by the Girl Scouts this year. Turner said Hempstead Harbor Park has been taken over by the Town of North Hempstead and it is being merged with adjacent Bar Beach Park.

Joseph also made mention of the Family Beach Fest at Bar Beach hosted by the town. There was music, food, contests and free kayak clinics.

Nesli Ciner said her new restaurant, Tava, had a soft opening in early September. They are at 166 Main Street and will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. They also offer takeout and delivery.

Dr. Geoffrey Gordon said he was very pleased with the school opening this year. Things went very smoothly. He said school enrollment across Long Island is down, but Port Washington's enrollment is up.

Joseph said Landmark's new season will open on October 6. They will have the Bacon Brothers perform two shows. The early show is sold out, as is a concert with Joan Osborne.


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