On Wednesday, March 23, the Board of Zoning Appeals reconvened to discuss the construction of a retaining wall on the Gallo property at 27 Locust Avenue in Baxter Estates. After time constraints that prevented the community from speaking at the previous meeting on March 9, concerned residents and members of the public were able to voice their opinions regarding the construction of the wall.
“Shared Sacrifice” was the key term of the March 22 Port Washington Board of Education meeting, in that the school board stated that all groups within the community need to make sacrifices in order to maintain educational programs and staff while also achieving the school district’s goal of a 3 percent budget increase for the 2011/2012 school year.
The Library Budget Vote and Trustees Election for the Port Washington Public Library takes place on Tuesday, April 12. Two incumbents, Myron Blumenfeld and Robert Lee Aitken, will be running for five-year terms in the upcoming election. Julie Geller will be relinquishing her seat, which leaves a vacant seat for a new challenger. This position will be for a four-year term.
On March 9, the Baxter Estates Board of Zoning Appeals held a meeting for residents to discuss a retaining wall being built at 23 Locust Avenue. Mr. and Mrs. Gallo, the residents desiring to build the gabion wall in their backyard, approached the board asking for a variance to the permit they were granted on May 6, 2009 for a set of retaining walls. Neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Landsberg, argued against the construction of the wall because they believe it might pose a danger and could also drive down the price of their property.
On March 11, State Senator Jack Martins visited Port Washington and met with community leaders at the Port Washington Public Library to discuss local issues and how to work together to fix challenges and achieve goals. Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington hosted this event, and Senator Martins also took a tour of Port Washington before attending this meeting.
On March 5, the Town of North Hempstead hosted the 7th Annual Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics New York. Over 400 participants ran into the chilly North Hempstead Beach Park waters to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics Athletes.
The festivities began at 9 a.m. and continued until after 12:30 p.m. after chilled volunteers dried off and warmed up in their cars. Hot chocolate and refreshments were served throughout the day alongside bagels and pastries, 102.3 WBAB ran the music and entertainment, and the Town of North Hempstead Community Service Department provided complimentary face painting for all those that were, as the Plunge tagline says, “freezin’ for a reason.”
On Tuesday, March 15, elections will be held in three villages located within Port Washington: Baxter Estates, Port Washington North, and Flower Hill. All three elections are uncontested.
At a Port Washington Board of Education meeting on Feb. 15, teachers and parents voiced their concerns about the impending budget cuts.
“Nothing has been finalized yet, but the school board needs to find $3 million. It’s as simple as that,” said Superintendent Dr. Geoffrey Gordon. He further explained that at this time of financial constraints, Governor Cuomo’s plan to cut state aid to school districts leaves Port Washington with a budget shortfall of $3 million. The board has created a surplus reserve of over $3.5 million, which the state is asking the board to utilize at this time of financial constraints. However, the school board finds this tactic a short-term solution that will result in problems further down the line.
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