Two Port Washington residents – Patricia Szanto and Karen Vetrone – are among the 131 people who turned ordinary bras into works of art to support breast cancer patients and survivors. Now in its third year, art bras made for “Creative Cups” are auctioned off to raise funds for the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program.
Every year in Nassau County, more than 200 women die from breast cancer. According to the New York Cancer Registry, an average of 1,265 cases of breast cancer are reported annually within Nassau County. The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program offers support and information to women diagnosed or concerned with breast cancer; educating, empowering and advocating for patients and the community.
New map, different day; after passionate complaints from the public about the redistricting map proposed by the Republican members of the Nassau County Temporary Redistricting Commission (now dissolved as per the county charter), the Republican side of the legislature has presented a new, revised map: however, as far as most speakers at a hearing at the Feb. 11 Rules Committee hearing were concerned, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Nevertheless, the rules committee passed the map 4-3 in a party line vote; barring an eleventh-hour surprise, it is expected to pass the Republican-controlled legislature at the next meeting on Feb. 25.
The Port Washington community has come together in prayer and support for a third-grade girl who was severely injured in a sledding accident at Plandome Country Club, on Feb. 10. The young girl, named Sydney, has many residents pulling for her full recovery, as people formed prayer circles and have taken to the streets with Sydney’s favorite colors: light blue and purple.
Nassau County Police said the accident occurred on Sunday afternoon, at about 2:23 p.m., on a slope at Plandome Country Club. There were actually two young girls who were injured in the accident: both girls were on the sled and one fell off while Sydney did not fall off and collided with a tree. Bystanders said that section of the hill was very icy, and the two girls had lost control of the sled.
Nassau County Police reported an attempted bank robbery at TD Bank, located at 475 Port Washington Boulevard, on Friday, Feb. 22. While the would-be robber did not take off with any money, detectives are investigating this incident and requesting information from the public.
New York State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and the Port Washington Public Library have helped area job seekers through an eight-week intensive job-training program, called Job Search Boot Camp. Looking at the results of the first Job Search Boot Camp, which ended in December, it is clear that the program has been successful, with 40 percent of participants securing employment and 60 percent of them actively interviewing.
Schimel, who sponsored the program, is now looking to take this idea to Albany, hoping that it will serve as a pilot for the creation of similar programs at libraries throughout the state.
Community volunteers and members of the Board of Directors will be making their annual Phonathon calls on Saturday, March 9 to encourage Port Washington residents to support the Community Chest of Port Washington. They need community volunteers to help make about 700 calls to prior donors.
Port Washington resident Wendy Herrick-Whitely had no idea when she answered her phone one day last November that she could potentially save the life of a 10-year-old leukemia patient, halfway around the world.
Several years ago, Herrick-Whitely participated in a bone marrow drive sponsored by Port Washington-based nonprofit, the Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation (LSLF.org). A quick mouth swab helped determine Herrick-Whitely’s type and her name was added to the National Bone Marrow Registry. “Like most people, I have had friends and loved ones who have been diagnosed with cancer and always felt powerless to help in a meaningful way,” Herrick-Whitely said. “When I attended the marrow drive, and added my name to the list of marrow donors, I was happy to do it but it seemed like such long shot that I would ever be called.”
There are three village elections in Port Washington this March. While Flower Hill will have a contested election, Port Washington North and Baxter Estates will have uncontested elections.
Three positions for village trustee, each for a two-year term, are open in the Village of Flower Hill. Incumbent Tab Hauser, who is also deputy mayor, is running for re-election, along with fellow incumbent trustee Robert McNamara. They are both members of the Flower Hill Party. Eileen Mills, also of the Flower Hill Party, is running for trustee, as well as Roy Nelson of the Civic Party.
The Sands Point Civic Association and the League of Women Voters held a community-wide presentation by the Nassau Redistricting Coalition and the League of Women Voters recently at The Community Synagogue in Sands Point.
Under the latest proposed map, drawn by the Republican legislators, all North Shore election districts will be altered. Representatives from both sides of the Nassau County redistricting debate were able to address concerns to a full house.
The results of the Port Washington School District budget and roof bond vote and election:
School Budget (Proposition No. 1)
Yes – 2,547
No – 895
Roof Bond (Proposition No. 2)
Yes – 2,397
No – 761
School Board Trustees: three individual terms commencing July 1, 2012 and expiring June 30, 2015.
Lawrence Greenstein – 2,173
Nora Johnson – 2,354
Vernon McDermott – 2,265
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