Written by Helena Littman Wednesday, 11 September 2013 00:00
After Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast last fall, many towns found their community establishments devastated by flooding or winds. Now, a Port business is reaching out to help the library and elementary school of neighboring Oceanside replace the books lost to storm damage. The Dolphin Bookshop on Port Washington’s Main Street has started a book donation program, “Books with a Porpoise,” to benefit the Island Park Public Library and Walter S. Boardman Elementary School #9E in Oceanside, which lost over 10,000 books, CDs and DVDs.
As part of the program, The Dolphin Bookshop has decided to help the libraries complete their collections of holiday books, purchasing for Oceanside holiday-related books that the librarians request. Dolphin customers will be able to purchase one of those books- — at a 30% discount — to donate to the Oceanside libraries. “This gives people in Port Washington the ability to help as well,” Dolphin owner Judith Mitzner told The Port Washington News. Once the holidays are over, the program will continue.
The libraries’ plight was brought to the bookshop’s attention by employee Vivian Moy, and the Dolphin’s owners jumped at the opportunity.
“This is a need that needs to be filled,” Mitzner said. “They were devastated and we love books and want to help them get back on their feet.”
After Hurricane Sandy, the first floor of the Island Park Public Library was flooded with roughly three feet of water. Unfortunately, the first floor is where most of the library’s books are, as well as the entire children’s section, so the flooding ruined a good portion of their collection. “We estimate losing over 12,000 circulating items in the children’s room at a value of over $200,000,” reveals librarian Meghan Ceglie.
The damage resulted in the library closing for nine months. The librarians deleted all the books in the system, and then re-entered the ones that had been spared. Although a tedious process, it allowed the librarians to assess the damage.
Librarians from the elementary school and the public library will now be deciding what to restore, compiling lists of books needed.
“Books with a Porpoise” is extra special because it will be supplying the libraries with specific books that have been requested and that the librarians know they need.
“It will take us a few years, but little by little we will get there, especially with the generous community outreach of small businesses like the Dolphin Bookshop,” says Ceglie. “We are very grateful to have them helping us in such a unique way.”
Mitzner says she and the staff, “feel privileged to help the school and library because they are such an integral part of a community.”
The book donation program was launched at the beginning of September. Visit the Dolphin Bookshop or call at 767-2650 for more information.
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.