Written by Karen Talley, email@example.com Wednesday, 28 August 2013 12:28
The old Shields house was torn down last week to make way for a much-needed parking area for shoppers.
With the demolition, Port Washington residents have finally gotten rid of a decades-old eyesore that stood at the corner of Main Street and Port Washington Boulevard.
The house, which is said to be at least 60-years-old, spent a good deal of that time vacant, town historians say. It had been at various times a print shop, a hardware store and an auto service supplier.
The demolition of the 5,000-square-foot wood frame house took only a couple of hours. “This is old wood; the backhoe goes through it like butter,” said Jeff Johnson, who worked the multi-ton 400 Komatsu Excavator that chunk by chunk took the two-and-a-half story house down.
North Hempstead Town Supervisor John Kaiman said the demolition cost the town, which owns the land through the Port Washington Parking District, $130,000. The town hopes to make up the outlay through parking fees once the property has been redeveloped, Kaiman said. He envisions 20 to 30 parking spots, some green space and possibly bicycle racks. The redesign will take several months.
“We hope we are going from blight to bright and enhance upper Main Street,” said Mindy Germain of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington.
Mitch Schwartz, co-president of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the project, saying for businesses, “one of the biggest problems is customer parking.”
Government “grinds slowly,” Kaiman said. “Today we’re going to grind down this building.”
Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00
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.
Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00
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.
Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
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.
Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
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.