This year’s Police District Election was a heated race with five candidates vying for the open police commissioner position, and two of the candidates were write-in candidates. On Wednesday, Dec. 15, the Port Washington Police District announced that Dave Franklin was elected police commissioner. This was a noteworthy achievement, as Dave Franklin was a write-in candidate whose name did not appear on the ballot, and he received more than twice the votes of the next-closest candidate. Mr. Franklin will be replacing Sal Zimbardi, who is retiring from the position at the end of 2010, and he will join James Duncan and Angela Lawlor-Mullins as police commissioners of the Port Washington Police District.
The school board meeting of Nov. 16 was one of housekeeping issues, large and small.
In the community comments, Pastor John Michael Thomas, of the Bible Church on Campus Drive, had a concern that was literally down-to-earth. “We share the sewer line from the high school,” he told the board and superintendent, “and in the past six years there have been four stoppages. Sewage has backed up three times into our building.” Thomas said he has spoken with the Port Washington Water Pollution Control District, who recommended the installation of a backflow valve. “Even if we did that, we are seeking that which is done to be right. … Logically, one of two entities is to blame: either the Water Pollution District is not doing its job properly, or things are being put into the pipes from the high school.” He clearly thought the latter was the problem, and asked that the school district install what he called “a garbage-grinding machine. It is expensive, but it would work.”
The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce held their monthly meeting on Nov. 9 at Ayhan’s Fish Kebab. Chamber Co-President Warren Schein welcomed nine new members: Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church and Friar Dennis Strouzas, located at 100 Fairway Drive; Clark Sails and Canvas, Inc. and Owner Brett Clark, located at 40 Matinecock Avenue; Crystal Consulting Group of UBS Financial Services and Senior Vice President Charles Crystal, located in Port Washington and Uniondale; MiaCara.Org. and President Rev. Mia Cara, located at 25 Dolphin Green; Port Jewish Center and President Richard Feldman, located at 20 Manorhaven Blvd.; Roslyn Savings Bank and Branch Manager Cynthia Sanatass, located at 167 Shore Road; Sanders Litigation Associates, PC and President Peter S. Sanders, located at 150 Main Street; Titan Sewer & Drain Corp. and Owner John Borriello, located at 8 Manorhaven Blvd.; and Tweezerman International, LLC and Controller Hiren Chokshi, located at 2 Tri Harbor Court.
On Thursday, Dec. 2, the Port Washington Police District held a public presentation on the proposed concept to build new police headquarters, which also gave the public the opportunity to ask questions and provide input. The police district had been looking for a solution to update their headquarters for about ten years, since a study that was done in 2000 determined that their current headquarters at 500 Port Washington Boulevard are obsolete and overcrowded.
On Tuesday, Nov. 30, four candidates for commissioner of the Port Washington Police Commissioner spoke at the League of Women Voters’ Candidates Forum. They are competing for the three-year position being vacated by retiring Commissioner Sal Zimbardi.
This year’s Thanksgiving Day 5-Mile Run attracted over 2,000 runners, some from areas as far away as Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Dallas, and Miami. The tax-deductible fee to participate in the race, which was $35 for adults and $25 for those 18 and under, benefits the Community Chest of Port Washington, a not-for-profit organization that raises funds for distribution to local charities.
On Nov. 18, Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington held their annual meeting at the library, which took place before the Tree Summit. At this meeting, they discussed the projects that they have worked on the past year and spoke about their goals for 2011.
At the Oct. 5 Town of North Hempstead Board Meeting there was a public hearing to consider the adoption of a local law amending the town code for a 4-foot height limitation on residential fences.
On Nov. 18, Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington held a Tree Summit at the public library to announce their plan of action to protect trees in Port Washington. Called Tree-1-1, the vision is to properly notify the community when a tree is set to come down in order to make sure that there are no surprises. Additionally, the plan calls for all jurisdictions within the Port Washington Peninsula to work together on the care and maintenance of trees.
The first annual Port Night Out event, to be held on Wednesdays, Dec. 1 and 15, promises to be a wonderful shopping and entertainment experience. On both evenings, stores along Main Street and adjacent streets will remain open until 9:30 p.m. for shoppers’ convenience. But that is only the beginning.
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