Many residents showed their community spirit by attending the events of the 23rd Annual Pride in Port, held on Saturday, Sept. 17. It was a beautiful, sunny day: perfect weather for a parade, football game, and other outdoor events offered for this annual community-wide event, such as Family Fun Day.
The 2012 budget for the Port Washington Police District was adopted during the September 14 public meeting of the commissioners. The vote to accept the budget as presented was the culmination of a long process, which included four workshops and a public hearing during the meeting. Notices for the public hearing portion of the meeting were posted in the Port Washington News and Newsday.
The Town of North Hempstead held a Storm Damage Assessment meeting at Harbor Links on Friday, Sept. 9, giving village officials the opportunity to discuss several issues related to area damage from Tropical Storm Irene. Members of local fire departments and other emergency services were also present, along with other elected officials representing districts in North Hempstead.
As they discussed storm damage assessments, information on filing claims with FEMA was also provided. Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman said that in the future, the town would like to be able to work with LIPA in order to have more substantive, real time information for their constituents. Kaiman said that calls to 311 increased greatly in volume before and after the storm, showing that this system is an effective way to disseminate information to town residents. However, Kaiman said that the information received from LIPA was sporadic; creating a frustrating situation with everyone.
Nassau County Police said that TeAirra Bunn, a 24-year-old woman from Port Washington, was killed in a collision with a drunk driver on September 2.
According to police, TeAirra Bunn was driving her BMW at 8:30 p.m. when Kevin Allen of Freeport crashed his Suburban into her car at the intersection of North Main Street and Woodside Avenue in Freeport. Bunn was pronounced dead at the scene and Bunn’s cousin, a 15-year-old boy who was a passenger in her car, suffered an arm injury, police said. Allen had a lower-leg injury, and police stated that he was taken to a hospital.
Many people turned out for the August 25 Manorhaven Village Trustees meeting. Although the proposed amendment to the village code entitled Dogs and Other Animals was not on the agenda, opponents of the amendment wanted to make their voices heard during the public comment portion of the meeting.
The proposed amendment involves a ban on the feeding of feral cats. During the July 27 public hearing on the amendment, concerns were expressed by the trustees about what would happen to the cats if the good samaritans stopped feeding them. After long discussion, the trustees did not see an alternative to the ban because the TNR, Trap, Neuter and Release Program, does not seem to be impacting the feral cat population. In fact, the number of cats roaming the streets of Manorhaven, particularly in Manhasset Isle, seems to be increasing.
On Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Cow Neck Historical Society will hold its Annual Country Fair at Port Washington’s landmarked Sands-Willets House (ca. 1738-1845). Only sunny skies are expected, but if it should happen to rain, the rain date is set for Sunday, Sept. 11.
Area residents felt the effects of Hurricane Irene over the past weekend, which made landfall in New York as a Tropical Storm around 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28. According to local weather reports, sustained winds were around 50 mph with gusts up to 75 mph, which knocked down many trees and power lines throughout Port Washington. In addition, Manhasset Bay had a storm surge that flooded low-lying parts of the area, including Sunset Park and Shore Road. While damage from flooding and downed trees appears to be extensive in several areas, it has been reported through local police that no one in Port was seriously injured.
Area residents have probably noticed many utility trucks and work crews cleaning up downed trees and power lines from Tropical Storm Irene over the past week. Many of these trucks and work crews came from other areas to help restoration efforts in Long Island. In fact, it was reported to Port News that 10 utility trucks were spotted Monday morning along Port Washington Boulevard, and that all of these trucks were from Joplin, Missouri.
Life can be funny. Growing up in Glen Cove, John Melillo did not even know there was a Village of Sands Point just across Hempstead Harbor. Yet, in one of life’s quirky twists, John Melillo became an integral part of the Sands Point community, spending most of his adult life working as a Sands Point police officer. When Melillo retired after 41 years of service, many of the residents he served so loyally for so long, along with his fellow police officers, turned out to mark the occasion at a celebratory dinner at the Village Club.
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