When is a park not a park? Or, more pointedly: When does a piece of undeveloped land become a park, in the eyes of the law?
This is the question which Myron Blumenfeld, local resident and environmental activist, wants a judge to answer.
(Editor’s note: This is the commencement speech that was given by 2010 Schreiber Valedictorian Luke Record, published here in its entirety.)
Before I begin, I would just like to thank those who helped me with this speech, particularly Mrs. Mills and Mrs. Schulman. Just like all the teachers here at Schreiber, they were willing to go above and beyond what was required of them, and for that I will forever be sincerely grateful. Welcome members of the school board, Dr. Gordon, administrators, faculty, family and friends (a quick Happy Birthday to my sister Phyllis), and finally, the class of 2010, or should I say Seniors X! It is my privilege to be able to represent such an amazing body of students on this glorious day. My Grandpa advised me to keep it short, so I will try my best! To be marked with an X is very fitting, seeing that we were the treasure this school has always been looking for. We all know X marks the spot! Although there have been many individual accomplishments over the past four years, our most significant contribution to this school has been our collective passion for learning. Just like a puzzle, the graduating class of 2010 can only be truly appreciated when all the pieces are looked at as a whole. I am but one piece to the puzzle, but I do know when we work together, we can accomplish anything!
A strong thunderstorm hit Port Washington this past Sunday, causing damage and power outages for many in the area. According to the National Weather Service, high winds were measured at speeds as high as 60 miles per hour as the storm moved through the area around 3 p.m.
With gratitude and sadness, the Village of Flower Hill accepted the resignation of Trustee Anthony DiSanto as he retires from the Board of Trustees. Mr. DiSanto has been a village official since 1999 when he joined the Planning Board. In 2001 he became a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals and in 2005 was elected a trustee of the village. In his place, the village is fortunate to welcome Elaine Phillips. Ms. Phillips served as trustee to the Village of Munsey Park until her move to Flower Hill and is well known for her community service activities.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that a Jacksonville, Florida woman has been charged with stealing more than $7,000 from a Port Washington couple to whom she had promised to give her baby for adoption despite already promising the baby to another couple.
On the Fourth of July, the Port Washington Fire Department put out a fire on Manhasset Isle that started in the front yard of a house on Sintsink Drive West. The fire quickly spread to the house next door, creating two house fires that filled the area with smoke.
Many people in Port Washington reported to Port Washington News that they were upset to see mature trees cut down in front of the Monfort Property on Port Washington Boulevard, from Campus Drive to the post office, on the morning of Monday, July 12. They were particularly upset because they expected to have notice for this type of situation, due to a town ordinance. However, Port Washington Boulevard is a state road, meaning that different rules apply, and the owner and developer of this property, Victor Musso, told Port News that he had all of the proper permits to cut down these trees.
At the town board meeting in May, the Town of North Hempstead voted to issue a request for qualifications for a skate park designer. SNAPP (Skateboarders Need A Park in Port) prepared and sent out a detailed questionnaire to the local skateboarders to get their opinion about the type and style of park they wanted. They then hosted a “design session” where approximately 20 skaters showed up ranging from 13-20 years of age, sharing their real-life experiences of what type of park will flow best and benefit the community for years to come.
Almost 400 students graduated from Schreiber High School on June 25, in a ceremony attended by proud friends and family. After listening to inspiring speeches from fellow students and school leaders such as Principal Jay Lewis and Assistant Principal Julie Torres, the graduates threw their blue and white graduation caps in the air as everyone celebrated the academic achievements of the Class of 2010.
On June 17, the Port Washington Public Library honored Martin Vogel, as he presented his photo legacy project. Marty has been a strong supporter of the library for many years, and the room was filled with people who were excited to see this project, which showcased his photography over almost 50 years.
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