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Kayak Run to be Held on Saturday, July 27

Paddling around Manhasset Bay on Saturday, July 27 will not only be great fun for all but will also benefit the Community Chest, a Port Washington organization that funds non-profit organizations in Port Washington. This annual event, now in its 9th year, will begin at 10:00 am with a bang, literally a blast from a canon, as participants take off in kayaks (or canoes) on Manhasset Bay. Participants can paddle at their own pace, leisurely or full steam ahead, along the Bay’s five mile course to designated locations where they pick up raffle tickets.

At 12:30 p.m., upon hearing the canon fire again, paddlers go ashore and head for Town Dock, where a raffle drawing is held. The lucky top prize winner will receive a kayak.

Everyone is welcome, and no experience is necessary. To participate in the Manhasset Bay Kayak Run, complete a registration form and submit it along with an entry fee: adults-$25 ($40 if paid on July 27) and under 21 years old -$5 ($25 if paid on July 27).

Registration forms are available at Town Dock, Atlantic Outfitters on Inspiration Wharf, West Marine in the Soundview Shopping Plaza, or at PortChest.org. Forms and entry fees can be dropped off at Atlantic Outfitters on Inspiration Wharf or Town Dock.

Discounted kayak rentals will be available at Atlantic Outfitters. Please call Atlantic Outfitters in advance to reserve a kayak or if you have questions regarding kayaks, at 516-767-2215. Participants are also welcome to bring their own kayak. Kayaks may be launched from Town Dock or Manorhaven Park.

Sponsors of this event include the Community Chest of Port Washington, The North Shore Kayak Club, Atlantic Outfitters, and the Town of North Hempstead. All proceeds will go to the Community Chest of Port Washington and the 25 non-profit organizations that receive grants, serving the people of Port. For more information or for specific event instructions, please call the Community Chest of Port Washington at 767-2121, The Town of North Hempstead 311 center or Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.


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Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


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