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Veteran Cop Announces Retirement

Chief William J. Kilfoil of the Port Washington Police District has announced plans to retire, effective April 30, after nearly 39 years of service.

 The Board of Commissioners Monday announced the appointment of Assistant Chief James Salerno as Acting Chief of the District.  Salerno has been with the department since 1981.  He served as Administrative Lieutenant from 2000 to 2004 and was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2004.  It has been speculated for a long time that Salerno would succeed Kilfoil as Chief.

Commissioner Dave Franklin explained that before making a permanent appointment to the position, the department is required to administer a civil service exam that is open to any lieutenant with five or more years of service.  The commissioners must then choose the permanent appointment from among the top scoring candidates.  No date has been set for the exam.

Chief Kilfoil first announced his intention to retire last summer, saying that he would be leaving at the end of January.  In January he decided to remain on the job.  Community members who asked not to be publicly quoted suggested that Chief Kilfoil stayed on until the PBA and the commissioners reached agreement on contract issues.  The PBA and the District recently approved the broad terms of a new contract.

A resident of Hicksville, Kilfoil was hired on July 16, 1974.  He spent seven years as a “beat cop”. In September 1981 he began his rise through the ranks.  He was promoted to sergeant and assigned to the Detective Division as Port Washington’s first School Resource Officer. In January 1985 he was promoted to the post of Administrative Lieutenant and on April 30 1987 he was again promoted to the rank of Deputy Commanding Officer of the Police District as Captain of Police.  He became acting Chief of Police in November 1992 and was formally sworn in on January 16, 1993 as the ninth Chief of Police of the Police District.

Chief Kilfoil’s official “walk out” celebration will occur on April 29 and will be followed by a retirement dinner on June 27.

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


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