With the help of friends, one local man is turning his harvest of grapes into wine. Robert Shapiro, a resident of Sands Point, recently showed the Port Washington News the art of crushing grapes by foot and explained the intricate details of how to make homemade wine and grape juice.
On Monday, August 30, about 70 puppies and dogs arrived at the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington after being rescued from a puppy mill in Arkansas. North Shore Animal League America (NSALA) said that the puppy mill had been shut down and the dogs were most likely destined for death.
At last week’s North Hempstead town board meeting, town officials set a date for a public hearing on a proposed plan to have the Port Washington Parking District purchase three properties, which would be turned into parking lots. The public hearing was set for September 14 at Town Hall. By setting up the public hearing, the town board set in motion the way to legally notify the public about this proposed project.
In addition to the Republican Party primary for the 5th Congressional District, the Democrats will have their own primary for the same seat on Sept. 14 as East Meadow resident Patricia Maher will challenge incumbent Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Roslyn Heights).
On August 17, Town Councilman Fred L. Pollack was the guest speaker at the Twin Pines Kayak Club’s meeting in the Community Chest Building, gathering input and ideas from everyone who attended for the Town of North Hempstead’s Blueway Trail, which will allow kayakers greater access to the town’s expansive waterways. The proposed Blueway Trail, which is a water path with launch points that is developed around an abundance of scenery and land based attractions, would be the first of its kind on Long Island. Town officials say that it will provide opportunities for recreation, environmental stewardship, education, tourism, wildlife viewing and connections to other recreational trails in the area.
John J. Daly Elementary School has a new principal this year: Mr. Drew Graves.
Mr. Graves is new to Port Washington, but not to elementary schools. Before coming to Port Washington, he was assistant principal for three years at the John S. Hobart Elementary School in the William Floyd School District of Shirley, Long Island. Hobart had 850 students in kindergarten through fifth grade, making it almost twice the size of Daly. It also had a very diverse student body, of white, black and Hispanic students, half of whom were on “free or reduced lunch” programs.
Last week, much of Nassau County was sprayed with a pesticide known as “Scourge” for West Nile Virus. In Port Washington, the spraying was carried out through targeted ground spraying by trucks. The Nassau County Department of Health made the decision to spray for West Nile virus after a much higher number than average of mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile virus. Additionally, two people in Nassau County have contracted West Nile virus this summer – a 74-year-old woman from Massapequa Park and a 66-year-old woman from New Hyde Park. Both women have been treated and released from the hospital and are now recovering at home.
To the delight of children and families in Port Washington, older playground equipment at Blumenfeld Family Park was recently replaced with new playground equipment. This project was orchestrated by the Town of North Hempstead Parks and Recreation department.
In keeping with the summer season, the School Board breezed through its meeting of Tuesday, August 3. But it got a lot done.
Dr. Gordon and the board were very pleased to accept some significant gifts from the community to the school district and students: $30,000 from the Port Washington Education Foundation for numerous grants across the district; $1,200 from the Weber Middle School H.S.A. (Home-School Association) for a Cultural Arts program on the Holocaust; money raised by the AAPW and the Parent Baseball Committee for regulation backstop; batting cage; bullpen; and two dugouts, at the baseball field at Guggenheim elementary; and enough money from the Port Washington Soccer club to reinstate three of the four soccer teams that had been cut for budget reasons. As District Athletic Director Joannon explained, “That’s 75 kids playing, who wouldn’t have.”
Thanks to the help of local residents, a young osprey that was trapped in a nest at Half-Moon Beach in Sands Point was rescued and is now flying free again. Rosalind Schaefer provided the details of the story and photos of the heroic rescue to Port News.
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