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Superintendent Mooney Sees Challenges, Rewards

Written by Andy Newman, Saturday, 07 September 2013 00:00

As Port Washington Schools Superintendent Kathleen Mooney looks forward to the opening of school on Monday, she’s very confident that she and her staff are well equipped to meet the challenges that the State Education Department has created, especially in regard to making sure students meet higher standards

Last year was the first year that students in Grades 3 to 8 were given State standardized tests based new “common core” requirements in Math and English Language Arts.


Security Greets New School Year

Written by Andy Newman, Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00

Responding to wide spread concerns about school security and safety since the tragedy last December in Newtown, Connecticut, Port Washington Schools Superintendent Kathleen Mooney has announced new procedures that will go into effect when school begins again on Monday.

The biggest change from past practices will be the scanning of driver’s licenses of all who visit district buildings. Those who don’t actually have driver’s licenses will be asked to produce a New York State issued non-driver identification card. The Department of Motor Vehicle application form for the ID card will be available in the schools and on the district website.


Manorhaven Is Going To The Dogs

Written by Linda Portney Goldstein, Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

Manorhaven Mayor Giovanna Giunta and the Board of Trustees in partnership with “Friends of Manorhaven Dog Park” announced the creation of an “Off the Leash” community dog park during a public hearing, August 22.

The Dog Park, the first on the peninsula, will have its official opening on Saturday, September 28 at 11:00 a.m. It will be open to all Port Washington residents.


Fire Chief Invites More To Volunteer

Written by Andy Newman, Wednesday, 04 September 2013 00:00

Recruiting an adequate number of volunteer firefighters is an ongoing challenge for many Long Island fire companies, and Port Washington is no different.

But Fire Chief Raymond D. Ryan is confident that his department is well equipped to handle all emergencies.

“Our staffing levels are pretty decent but we could always use more,” the chief said last week of his unit’s participation with 12 other area Nassau companies in a recruiting drive funded by a special Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant of a half a million dollars.


Port Family Grows Produce For The Needy

Written by Marvin Makofsky Saturday, 31 August 2013 00:00

An update from the co-chair of Port Plant a Row for the Hungry

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While many people who move to Port Washington turn their yards into beautiful flower gardens, the Birnbaums are a bit different. They created something of a farm in their over one acre backyard and are befitting the community.

Jennifer and Matthew Birnbaum, along with their three boys, Chase 5, Holden 3, and Flint, 1, moved to Port Washington from New York City to raise their kids and develop an elaborate organic vegetable and flower garden.


‘FamilyFest’ Will Rock End Of Summer

Friday, 30 August 2013 00:00

The North Hempstead Town’s annual end-of-summer beachfront festival “FamilyFest” will take place on Sunday, September 15, from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington.

An entertaining festival of music, food, entertainment and plenty of family-fun activities, this year’s “FamilyFest” will feature a New York Knicks Groove truck, kayaking, face painting, a petting zoo, hair braiding, spin art, live music and much more.


‘The Necklace’ Headlines Library Foundation 10th Inspiration Gala

Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

On Saturday, September 28, at 6:30 p.m., the Port Washington Library will host the Port Washington Library Foundation’s 10th Inspiration Gala.

In keeping with this year’s theme, “The Library is the Jewel of the Community,” the evening will include a reading of Guy De Maupassant’s short story, “The Necklace,” adapted for the stage by foundation board member Judy Sloan and performed by seasoned actors Ryan Morey and Sarah Arikian.


Longtime Port Eyesore Is Gutted

Written by Karen Talley, Wednesday, 28 August 2013 12:28

The old Shields house was torn down last week to make way for a much-needed parking area for shoppers.

With the demolition, Port Washington residents have finally gotten rid of a decades-old eyesore that stood at the corner of Main Street and Port Washington Boulevard.

The house, which is said to be at least 60-years-old, spent a good deal of that time vacant, town historians say. It had been at various times a print shop, a hardware store and an auto service supplier.


Community Activists Claim Victory

Written by Linda Portney Goldstein, Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00

In a surprise move, the North Hempstead Town Board voted unanimously on August 13 to remove from the town calendar any further consideration of the Dejana Industries LLP request for a zoning change from residential AAA to industrial of a parcel of land on West Shore Road. The change was necessary in order for Dejana to proceed with a proposed project to store, maintain and manufacture trucks including at least 13 garbage trucks and a 10,000 gallon above ground fuel tank at the site.

A portion of this parcel is currently used by the Town to store and maintain town vehicles and salt. Dejana wanted to consolidate its operation from two locations in Manorhaven to a 56,000 feet facility on West Shore Road.


Port Washington Fire Boat Launched

Written by Tab Hauser, Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00
Port Washington fire boat, 85 Marine 1, was launched on the North Hempstead Town Dock Sunday August 11th in front of about 100 spectators, fireman and politicians.

Bob Kropacek, Chairman of the PW Fire Department, told the onlookers, “In recent years the PWFD has seen increased calls for assistance on local waterways surrounding the Port Washington peninsula.”


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