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Letter: Manorhaven Village Elections

I have been trying to interpret the subject article. Nothing about it is correct. Nothing about it makes sense. I cannot begin to understand why it was written.

Your first sentence talks about elections being contentious, etc. and this year being very different. So is this the part that breaks with “tradition”? Do you really believe that the opponent has not been complaining about finances and lack of transparency?

You claim there is only one uncontested race and you claim it is for trustee Farrington’s position. This is nonsense. Three trustee spaces are open. Incumbent Trustees Farrington, Di Lucia, and Steele are running and Mr. Avena is running for election as Trustee. Therefore there are four names on the ballot and the top three vote-winners will be seated.

How is Mr. Avena in direct competition with Trustee Farrington? Does your article imply that he is satisfied with the performance of the other two candidates and only wants Trustee Farington replaced?

It would be helpful if instead of writing what is evidently a poorly thought out space filler you had interviewed the candidates and gotten their views so that we could learn something worthwhile about the upcoming election.

Port Washington needs a newspaper with integrity and dedication to help its citizens navigate through the real issues in the Village, Town, County and various District (water, police, school, library, etc. ) elections.

Stan Spielman

Editor’s Note: There is a complete interview with each of the candidates for the Manorhaven Trustee position in this week’s issue.


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


1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller,

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry,

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller,