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Obituary: Helene Signorile

Helene D. (Lanie) Signorile passed away peacefully on July 10 at her home in Port Washington, surrounded by her family and close friends. Lanie was born in Queens on July 6, 1953 and grew up in Miami and Great Neck. She lived her life to the fullest extent possible and was an inspiring, courageous, and determined survivor of brain disease for more than two decades. She was a loving and devoted daughter, wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her. Lanie was predeceased by her parents, Mildred (Schneider) Erbstein and Jerome Erbstein. She is survived by her husband, Stephen, her daughters Melanie and Elizabeth, her sisters Susan and Valerie, her granddaughter Molly and grandson Harrison, her niece Megan and her numerous friends. A memorial visitation was held Tuesday, July 16 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Austin F. Knowles, Inc. Funeral Home. A memorial service was held Wednesday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory to The Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20037 would be greatly appreciated.


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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