Addressing the nation late Sunday night, May 1, President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al-Qaeda and planner of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States was killed by a team of U.S. military operatives in Pakistan.
“Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children,” President Obama said.
On April 27, the Baxter Estates Village Hall saw yet another meeting regarding a retaining wall being built on Locust Avenue in Baxter Estates. Currently, the gabion retaining wall stands 18 feet tall, but construction is halted due to a Stop Work Order. The Baxter Estates Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) met both March 9 and March 23 to discuss Philip and Phyllis Gallo’s application for a variance to the building permit they were granted in 2009.
This final BZA meeting in regard to the Gallos’ application for a variance continued the discussion of proposed alterations to the current state of the wall. Rudolph Shatarah drew up a newly revised plan for the wall on March 21 and submitted the plans for the meeting. These plans called to reduce the size of the wall closest to the adjacent property, that of Mr. and Mrs. Landsberg, by three gabion cages, which would reduce the height by nine feet. However, the wall would still be approximately one and a half feet closer to the Landsberg property than the Village Code of Baxter Estates permits.
With great excitement, Regina Gil, president and founder of the Great Neck Arts Center, announces the launch of the first annual Gold Coast International Film Festival, scheduled for June 1 through June 5. The film festival, co-hosted by the Town of North Hempstead, will actually take place on Long Island’s famed “Gold Coast” of Great Neck, Manhasset, Roslyn, Herricks and Port Washington. Anton Community Newspapers will be publishing the festival’s official program.
“I’m thrilled to build on the success we’ve experienced with the Arts Center and our Furman Film Series over the last 10 years and take it to the next level,” said Ms. Gil. “This feels like the natural next step, bringing world-class films to an eager audience, and all in the setting of Gatsby, here on the Gold Coast.”
Due to a spate of burglaries in Port Washington during the last few weeks, Police Chief William J. Kilfoil has issued a community-wide alert. The alert asks all residents to be sure to lock windows and doors, turn on outside lights and alarm systems and above all to call police if you notice any unusual activity. In addition to a telephone campaign to publicize the burglaries, an email blast and a press release have been sent by the police department.
The Village of Port Washington North is planning the installation of 14 crosswalks along Shore Road from Mill Pond Road to Cow Neck Road and across Mill Pond Road, Channel Drive, and Soundview Drive where they intersect Shore Road. There will also be a crosswalk at the intersection of Manorhaven Blvd and Shore Road.
The Port Washington Board of Education adopted the proposed 2011-2012 budget at the April 12 meeting, which is a total of $130,861,023. Federal and state mandates and rising pension and healthcare costs would have increased the budget by $8,510,278, but through several cuts and staff attritions, the school administration reduced the increase to $3,767,778. This is a 2.96 percent increase from last year’s budget. In addition, the board voted to apply use of a fund balance to offset the tax levy, which brings that increase down to 3.95 percent.
Robert Weitzner was sworn in as mayor for his fourth consecutive term on Tuesday, April 5 at the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees for the Village of Port Washington North. Trustees Michael Schenkler, Steve Cohen, Sherman Scheff and Michael Malatino were also sworn in. All elected officials serve two-year terms.
Eagle Courts of Honor were held for Port Washington Troop 241 Eagle Scouts Gregory and Daniel Michel at the Sands Point Preserve Hempstead House on March 19. By achieving the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout, the twin brothers received the highest honor that a scout can accomplish.
Port Washington Police are searching for a suspect who is wanted in connection to Grand Larceny that took place at a local grocery store last month. They are asking for the public’s help in identifying and finding this suspect.
On March 30, seven Port Washington Public Library trustee candidates shared their experiences and qualifications with interested residents. Judy Jacobson, voter services director for the League of Women Voters (LWV), moderated the event.
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