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Car Fire In Plaza

Written by Linda Portney Goldstein, Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00

A fire erupted in a car in the Delco Plaza Shopping Center Monday morning, but was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries, Port Washington officials said.

The car was parked directly in front of Country Cleaners, when passersby expressed concern that it might spread to the business. Three fire trucks and an ambulance responded quickly to the call. Linda Kropacek, Port North Deputy Village Clerk, said billowing smoke became thicker before flames erupted.


Reinventing Nassau Coliseum

Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00

How can we reinvent Nassau Coliseum to become a vital economic engine for the 21st Century? It may be too early to say, but Nassau County is currently taking suggestions.

After several discussions on the potential future of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum with the Forest City Ratner team that designed the business model for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has announced that he is seeking requests for proposals from throughout the real estate community that would reinvent the aging facility as a new and strong economic anchor for the Hub.


Weitzman: Downtowns Are Key

Written by Ronald Scaglia, Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00

Former Comptroller wants hometown feel in

Nassau County, IDA cooperation

“The comptroller is there to protect the taxpayers.”

That is what former Nassau Comptroller Howard Weitzman says is the job of a comptroller. It’s something he says he did during his eight years in the position, and it’s something that he wants to do again. Weitzman was elected to the position in 2001 and 2005 before being narrowly defeated by current Nassau County George Maragos in 2009.


Road Trip Promotes Adoptions

Written by Katie Piacentini, Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00
North Shore Animal League America launched its 13th Annual Tour For Life, which helps save the lives of animals by spreading the message of the no-kill movement across the country. Four mobile rescue and adoption units will travel through 27 states, from early March through mid-May, to strengthen the message of adopting homeless pets and to encourage people to support their local animal shelters.

At the event launch on March 6, which took place at North Shore Animal League America headquarters, 25 Davis Ave., Port Washington, President John Stevenson said, “This is our way to make no-kill a reality for a lot shelters that work with us in our cooperative adoption program around the country. It’s a chance to show our mobile units and get our message across.”


Hearts Open For Victims

Written by Tab Hauser and Katie Piacentini, Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00
Vincente Barrera didn’t know where he was gong to spend Tuesday night. His room at the Royal Inn on Northern Boulevard in Manhasset was one of eight paid for through Monday night by the Red Cross after he and other residents were displaced by the disastrous fire that roared through an 87-year-old three-story property at the corner of Main Street and Herbert Avenue on March 14. According to a Port Washington Fire Department official, there were 12 apartments above the stores in the building, with 75 people living in them.

“I don’t know where to go. Who to talk to,” the 26-year-old Ecuadorian immigrant said through an interpreter. “I have no family here.”


Write-In Candidate

Written by Katie Piacentini, Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

Port North election is contested,
with write-in candidate

Elections in the Village of Port Washington North will not be uncontested after all.

Selwyn G. Rudnick, a resident of the condo-community Mill Pond Acres, has announced that he is running a write-in campaign for village trustee. Port Washington North Mayor Bob Weitzner and Trustees Michael Schenkler and Sherman Scheff are running for re-election on Tuesday, March 19.


Debate Over S&P Report

Written by Katie Piacentini, Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

The current Manorhaven administration is taking credit for an upgrading by Standard & Poor’s in the municipality’s financial rating, saying the credit-watch agency based its report, released in December, on the village’s most current accounting documents.

S&P in December upgraded the village’s outlook, from negative to stable, assigning the municipality an A Plus rating.


Village Attorney On Attack

Written by Katie Piacentini, Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

Manorhaven Village Attorney Charles Casolaro lashed out at a Manorhaven resident and the Port Washington News at a village board meeting on Feb. 28, over an advertisement that he claimed “is a bunch of B.S.”

The advertisement, placed by Manorhaven resident Jim Avena and paid for by the Manorhaven Residents Party, was published in last week’s issue of Port Washington News. The ad listed several complaints against the current Village of Manorhaven administration, such as a lack of response to Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests and the village awarding contracts to John Construction Corp., which the ad claims is not listed as a viable business under the New York Department of State’s Division of Corporations’ database.


Extend Contract One Year

Written by Katie Piacentini, Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

The Port Washington school board approved an agreement with the Port Washington Teacher’s Association to extend their contract for one more year, in return for providing several concessions.

Superintendent Kathleen Mooney said the agreement will save the 2013-2014 budget an estimated $1.3 million, creating a better situation for budget planning.

The contract was set to expire after the 2013-2014 school year, meaning that the contract will now continue through the 2014-2015 school year. Mooney noted that the PWTA’s concessions would also contribute to the 2014-2015 budget.


Port Pet

Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

Parker is an 8-year old deaf/blind rough collie. He has his own organization called Parker’s House, which is dedicated to deaf and blind dog rescue, education, and training. Parker goes “on tour” throughout Long Island and Queens spreading awareness about adopting special needs pets. Parker also does nosework and is a therapy dog. There isn’t anything Parker can’t do... except see and hear!

Want your pet featured in Port Washington News? Email a good quality photo (no cell phone pictures please) and brief description to Katie Piacentini at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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