Patti Vonk announced earlier this month that she would be handing over the reigns of the Dolphin Bookshop to a new owner, long time employee Judith Mitzner.
Most of us in town don’t remember a time when Dolphin Bookshop wasn’t headed by a member of the Vonk family. Yet, the store first opened in 1946 and there were two previous owners. Mitzner’s recent purchase of this Port Washington treasure follows a history of employees taking over the ownership of the shop.
On June 1, the Lutheran Church of Our Savior on Franklin Avenue held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the Port Washington community to celebrate its $1.7-million expansion and renovation. The money has been donated by the congregation as well as through fundraising efforts that have taken place for over a decade. BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers designed the expansion and renovations, and Triton Construction served as the general contractor.
“I am very excited that we were able to improve our facilities for the benefit of the congregation as well as the entire Port Washington community,” said Reverend Dr. Charles R. Vogeley. “I would like to thank all congregation and project team members who made today’s re-opening celebration possible. In particular, I would like to recognize Tom Rice, who managed the entire project on behalf of our church, Roger Smith and BBS Architects, who designed the beautiful addition and new interiors, and the tireless supporter of the Port Washington community and parish secretary, after whom we have named the new kitchen, Veronica Ann Mosby,” Reverend added.
Café Music, the Friday night music series at the Dolphin Bookshop, will showcase a diverse line up of new and returning musicians this month. The series began on Friday, June 7, with songwriters Nikki Talley and Rupert Wates, performing in Port Washington for the first time. Talley performs Americana and Folk music with her husband. Based in North Carolina, she was excited to include Dolphin in her northeast tour. Wates is an award winning songwriter who also made his Dolphin debut.
The field lights will be blazing all night on Saturday, June 15 and into early Sunday morning at the Schreiber High track as the Campus Drive facility hosts the 12th annual Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
Opening ceremonies, beginning at 7 p.m., will feature one current Schreiber student and two Schreiber graduates who are also cancer survivors. The event, open to the public, is the culminating activity in Schreiber’s yearlong efforts on behalf of the fight against cancer. Port Washington students, parents and teachers, together, are looking to top last year’s $85,000 total by sunrise Sunday morning.
Father Patrick Whitney was ordained to the Priesthood in Dublin, Ireland in 1968. However, “Father Pat”, as we call him, has served all forty-five years in parishes in the Diocese of Rockville Center. We are privileged to say St. Peter of Alcantara Parish has been his assignment since 2006, as its thirteenth pastor.
Father Pat is a busy man, heading the Parish Business Office as well as visiting the sick at home and in the local hospitals and nursing homes. He is the celebrant at funeral masses throughout the year and he brings comfort to families at wake services. Father Pat is there for our families’ baptisms, weddings, and First Communions. He enjoys long walks in the neighborhood and short walks on the playground, where he chats with the school children. He enjoys traveling and has led a group of parishioners to the Holy Land and this summer to his beloved Ireland.
The first place winner in the finals of the third grade boat regatta held on June 2 during HarborFest, for all Port Washington elementary schools, was Liana Ching of Daley, boat number 105. The second place winner was Abigail Muhlstock. The third place winner was Sahej Walia. The winners appear with Captain Bill Brakman.
Manorhaven Village elections have often been contentious, with charges of financial mismanagement and lack of transparency flying back and forth between opposing candidates. This year is proving to be very different.
There is only one contested race. Incumbent Trustee Dorit Zeevi-Farrington is up for re-election for a one-year term. She is being challenged by former trustee Jim Avena, who has remained an active voice in the community, despite his defeat in last year’s election.
The Port Washington Farmers’ Market will open their season this Saturday morning, June 8. The market will be set up on the Town Dock every Saturday until the last weekend in October. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon.
Each year we hear more and more about the health benefits of eating locally and seasonally. The market brings to the residents of Port and surrounding communities a wide selection of fresh foods grown or made here on Long Island or caught in nearby south shore waters. As regulars will tell you, nothing comes close to the taste of just-picked sautéed greens and potatoes (or squash) and a nice piece of fresh fish.
May is Lupus Awareness month, and Port Washington resident Elijah Fox has made a tremendous effort to help those who suffer from the disease. Elijah created the Fox Fighters team for his Bar Mitzvah project to raise money for the Lupus Foundation of America. The group raised $4,500, thanks to many people in the community. That total was the ninth highest among all groups.
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