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PAL Softball Celebrates Spring Successes

The Port Washington PAL D-Backs Softball teams each enjoyed incredibly successful spring seasons. Our “Rookies” got their first taste of real game action participating in a local inter-town league and learning the building blocks of future softball success under the tutelage of Jim Gabriel and his experienced staff. Our Veteran’s, almost all of whom also played for the undefeated Schreiber Varsity team, had a terrific season, finishing with the best winning percentage in the South Brooklyn Softball League, a league featuring travel teams from all over NYC and then capped their season with our first ever trouncing of the Lady Diamond Pro’s. The “Majors” were the repeat champions of the North Shore Softball League marking the third year in a row that our Majors program has won a Long Island Championship. Our “Minors” were among the finest teams in all Long Island compiling an overall 39 win and only six loss season, winning championships in the North Shore Softball League, RGMV Majors Division and the highly competitive NJBL. The girls also won the Ozone Park — Howard Beach Breast Cancer Fund-Raiser Tournament and placed 3rd in the Frozen Ropes Chester Tournament.

The D-Backs were started five years ago by Pete Witkow and Rob Elkins and have grown into the premier softball program in our area. Professional coaching, competitive games, travel, and the thrill of being part of a real team separate us from other programs. We play distinct seasons Spring, Summer, and Fall, conduct softball specific Winter Workouts and will be partnering with Parisi Speed School to offer specialized athletic training. If you’re a serious athlete, PAL is the program to be part of.

Port Washington PAL is the oldest youth sports group in Port Washington, and receives no direct public funding. Please consider being involved in any of our various programs, check us out on-line at and like us on Facebook.


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.


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.


Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


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