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Letter: "Do Not Edit"

The entire board of the Port Washington Library Foundation wishes to express its dismay at the recent handling of a news article about our September 28 Tenth Inspiration Gala by the Port Washington News editorial staff.

Through its unsolicited and unauthorized editorial “additions” to a straightforward promotion of our Gala, the Port Washington News caused embarrassment to the organization and to the honorees of our upcoming event.

By inserting a negative comment about the utility and its performance during Hurricane Sandy, they used our press release to promote an anti-National Grid agenda. In addition, the editor substituted a headline that in no way reflected the contents of the article, singling out only National Grid as our honoree. We feel that this headline slighted the other two individuals being honored—Georgia DeYoung and Lucy Mazany--whose contributions to the community equally deserve to be celebrated.

With “two strokes of the pen,” our community newspaper did its best to undermine the good works of an organization whose fundraising efforts are essential to the imaginative, far-reaching, and well-attending programs of the Port Washington Public Library.

For the past 10 years the Library Foundation has been submitting news articles to the Port News. Never once was a word changed. The Foundation should have received, at the very least, a courtesy phone call or email to discuss the editor’s proposed changes.

Edie Katz, Gala Chairperson, and her committee have been working diligently to organize a memorable event.  We extend an invitation to all members of the community not to miss this “sparkling” night and this opportunity to support the “Jewel of Port Washington. . .Our Library.”

The Board of the Port Washington Library Foundation

 

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.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com