Written by Congressman Gary Ackerman Friday, 27 April 2012 00:00
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens /L.I.) recently announced that Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington has been selected to receive a prestigious award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The organization was chosen after Ackerman nominated the group last month.
The organization, a local environmental group dedicated to protecting and preserving the environment of Port Washington and its surrounding areas, will receive the EPA Environmental Quality Award, an honor presented to those who have contributed significantly to improving the environment.
The EPA presents the award each year to individuals and organizations that have helped improve environmental quality, demonstrated a high achievement level, created unique or location-specific benefits, produced results that are sustainable or reproducible, or increased public involvement in environmental action. In conjunction with Earth Day, Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington will be recognized at a special awards ceremony – where it will formally receive the award – at the EPA’s offices in lower Manhattan on Friday, April 27.
Founded in 1968, Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington has dedicated itself to improving the environment in the Port Washington area. With nearly 1,000 members, the group focuses on several programs and initiatives including environmental education, policy and planning, environmental health, and quality of life.
In 2011, Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington continued to pursue its decades-long mission with many successful events and accomplishments such as hands-on environmental education activities for elementary school students, volunteer community clean-ups and beautification days, working with officials on all levels of government to advocate for sustainable and efficient community improvement projects, and hosting its annual gala to raise money for local beautification and sustainability efforts.
“Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington is a shining example of what ordinary citizens can accomplish by uniting under a mission to make their communities better,” said Ackerman. “Throughout my years as a member of Congress representing the North Hempstead area, I have had the privilege of seeing firsthand the difference this outstanding organization has made in the lives of our neighbors and the health of our community. I was proud to nominate them for this prestigious award and congratulate them on this well-deserved recognition.”
“Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington wishes to extend a heartfelt expression of appreciation to Congressman Gary Ackerman and the EPA for bestowing the 2012 Environmental Quality Award upon our organization. This is a wonderful public recognition of the value of the various programs and projects that Residents has been spearheading for many years on the Port Washington Peninsula, seeking to maintain and enhance the quality of life in our communities,” said Curt Trinko, chairman, Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Attendees of the Port Washington Memorial Day parade might see a familiar face waving from the American Legion convertible this year. 90-year-old army veteran Ed Balcourt will be this year’s Grand Marshal.
Balcourt, who was raised in Brooklyn, was attending medical school at the height of the U.S. involvement in World War II. He was deferred from the draft, but at 19, decided to join the army.
“All my friends had been drafted. When I walked outside, I could feel all the women looking at me. I felt a little guilty. I wanted to go fight,” Balcourt said.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The Port Washington Veterans of Foreign Wars has selected Peter Ripullone, a decorated soldier and architect, as Co-Grand Marshal of this year’s Memorial Day Parade. The Ripullone family has a long tradition of military service, which dates back to World War I.
Ripullone followed the family tradition and entered military service as a second lieutenant in the army, in 1966. After completing his combat engineering training, he was certified as a combat engineer unit commander. Prior to his service in Vietnam, he spent three months with the 91st Combat Engineers, assisting in the training of West Point cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, for various combat engineering missions, including various types of bridge construction, building and fortification structures, road and runway construction, mine warfare and demolition training.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Elimination in the first-round of the county playoffs, though disappointing, can’t take anything away from what the Schreiber High School girls softball team accomplished this year, according to coach Eric Sutz.
A comparison between what happened to the team last year and what the team did this year is a study in contrasts. “Last year we didn’t win one league game,” Sutz explained. “This year we were undefeated in the league.” The Vikings won all 14 of their league games and were 15-4 overall. They were conference champions for the first time since 2004.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
The fact that Port Washington Youth Activities (PYA) is celebrating its 50th year of working with area boys and girls is quite an accomplishment. Ron Henderson, its executive director for the past 20 years, also has a long history with PYA’s Lions Field that extends all the way back to 1958.
“I played in the first games ever held at the field back then when it was the Port Washington Little League,” said Henderson. “That was before the field was renovated.” The renovation, which began in 1999 and forced the PYA to relocate for two years from its Glen Lane site, now features four Little League fields and one major league field, all on pesticide-free, natural grass. During the fall, the fields are converted for lacrosse and football programs.