Written by Linda Portney Goldstein: email@example.com Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00
The trustees of the Village of Port Washington North held their annual meeting on April 4. During the meeting, Mayor Robert Weitzner administered the oath of office to Trustees Michael Schenkler and Steve Cohen, who both ran unopposed for re-election.
The purpose of the annual meeting is to make all appointments that are necessary for the seamless administration of the village government. More than 20 appointments were made.
Following the annual meeting, a public hearing was held on the proposed budget for 2012-2013. The tax increase was limited to 1.902 percent with an assessed valuation of 12.7521 percent $100 of assessed valuation. Mayor Weitzner pointed out that the village had not passed a Tax Cap Override Law because the trustees were confident that the budget increase would be less than the state mandated cap of 2 percent.
Budget Officer Susan Pisano presented the $10,428,437 budget. Included in the budget is $800,000 in appropriated funds, which is set aside for the Pleasant Avenue and Bay Walk Projects. The money for the Bay Walk Project is a pass-through in the form of state, federal and local grants. The funds for the Pleasant Avenue project are part of the balance forward from previous years. In essence, the village “saved up the money” for repairing Pleasant Avenue and is now ready to send the project out to bid.
Trustee Schenkler said he thinks it has been five years that the village has been under a 2 percent tax increase. The budget will be approved at the April meeting of the trustees.
During the regular meeting there was some hopeful discussion with respect to the Soundview Market Place Shopping Center. The center is currently in receivership and is in need of repairs. There are ongoing negotiations that may help to revitalize the center.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00
Patti Vonk announced earlier this month that she would be handing over the reigns of the Dolphin Bookshop to a new owner, long time employee Judith Mitzner.
Most of us in town don’t remember a time when Dolphin Bookshop wasn’t headed by a member of the Vonk family. Yet, the store first opened in 1946 and there were two previous owners. Mitzner’s recent purchase of this Port Washington treasure follows a history of employees taking over the ownership of the shop.
Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00
On June 1, the Lutheran Church of Our Savior on Franklin Avenue held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the Port Washington community to celebrate its $1.7-million expansion and renovation. The money has been donated by the congregation as well as through fundraising efforts that have taken place for over a decade. BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers designed the expansion and renovations, and Triton Construction served as the general contractor.
“I am very excited that we were able to improve our facilities for the benefit of the congregation as well as the entire Port Washington community,” said Reverend Dr. Charles R. Vogeley. “I would like to thank all congregation and project team members who made today’s re-opening celebration possible. In particular, I would like to recognize Tom Rice, who managed the entire project on behalf of our church, Roger Smith and BBS Architects, who designed the beautiful addition and new interiors, and the tireless supporter of the Port Washington community and parish secretary, after whom we have named the new kitchen, Veronica Ann Mosby,” Reverend added.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
On May 23, the Port Washington Badminton team won its second straight Nassau County Championship by defeating Calhoun by a score of 4-3. This is the third year in a row that Port has played Calhoun in the county finals, with each contest decided by a score of 4-3. In many ways this season followed the same pattern as last year. Of the thirty five teams in the county, Calhoun and Port entered the playoffs as the one and two seeds, respectively. They were Conference I co-champions, but because Calhoun’s margin of victory was greater than Port’s in their two regular season matches, the Colts got the number one seed.
On April 16, Port travelled to Calhoun and lost 1-6. The final team score, however, did not reflect how close the match actually was. Four of Calhoun’s wins came in three set matches (matches are best of three) that came down to the final few points. According to Coach David O’Connor, “It was the best 1-6 loss I’ve ever seen. We walked out of their gym very confident that we could beat them in the future. It may have been a major loss on paper, but I think it really got our players motivated for the rest of the season.”
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
In only its third season, Port Rowing has grown from an exciting start up to a Long Island powerhouse, to a state champion, and now to a top national contender. Three boats qualified from New York State championships to represent Port Rowing at the largest high school Regatta in the world, The Stotesbury Cup, in Philadelphia. There were over 150 schools from America and Canada at the event, and Port Rowing came right out of the gate on fire. The team advanced all three boats into the second round of top 18. In the second round the boats fell just shy of the top 6 final by mere seconds. In the end, the Boys Freshman 8 took 12th overall, and the girl’s lightweight four and men’s junior eight took 7th overall. In the Adaptive category, Michael and Molly took home the title with a demanding victory in the double. It was a great achievement from the pair that just started rowing together less than a year ago to win the Stotesbury Cup.