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Jonathan Tropper Visit To Dolphin Bookshop

Written by Helena Littman, Friday, 02 August 2013 00:00

Bestselling author Jonathan Tropper appeared at The Dolphin Bookshop on July 22 to discuss his new book, his career, and to do what authors do, sign books. The event was sponsored by Dolphin and the Soundview Cinemas. The owners of the newly opened cinema chose to support the event because “we want to help this community and its local businesses as much as possible. We are excited to represent this community.” The event was a big success, with a high attendance.

New York native Tropper told the audience that he originally wanted to be a rock star, but that didn’t exactly work out. As he got older, he started to get into reading, and was inspired to start writing as well. He knew that he wanted to be a writer since high school, but he wasn’t sure whether he would write movies or books or something else entirely.


Port Washington’s Favorite Ice Cream Man

Written by Emily Stearns, Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Most Port Washington residents often associate the first ice cream truck jingles of the summer with our favorite ice cream man, Melih Ozel, better known as Mel. While we’re all happy to see him in Port every summer, you probably don’t know all that much about Mel.

Mel has been serving Port Washington for 20 years. He began his career as an ice cream man as a way to earn some extra money while studying for a master’s degree in Computer Graphics from NYlT. Although continuing to sell ice cream was not his initial plan, the career stuck. In the future, Mel hopes to make use of his degree by upgrading his graphic skills, and to open an ice cream shop in town in order to continue serving the Port Washington community.


Three Years and Counting

Written by Linda Portney Goldstein, Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:28

West Shore Road repaving project stalled

Residents eagerly anticipating a smooth ride on a repaved West Shore Road will have to keep waiting. Exactly how long is not clear at this point. Although a spokesman for Nassau’s Department of Public Works told the Port News in April that the project would begin in July, it is now apparent that this was an overly optimistic estimate.

Residents using the road to access the soccer fields, the golf club, the residential communities along Fairway Drive and the beach, or transiting between Port Washington and Roslyn, will continue to have to slow to a crawl or swerve wildly to avoid the deep potholes which local residents often describe as “craters.”


Local Firemen Train For Water Rescue

Written by Elizabeth Johnson, Saturday, 27 July 2013 00:00

Early on a Sunday morning in June, The Port Washington Volunteer Fire Department (PWFD) and the Nassau County Firematic Water Rescue Association hosted a water rescue operations training course.

As many as a dozen fire departments from across Nassau County, which are likely to be mobilized for water rescue incidents, arrived at Bar Beach with their special operations apparatus at about 7:30 a.m.


Happy Hour on the Water

Written by Tab Hauser, Friday, 26 July 2013 00:00

Enjoying a Port Washington waterfront happy hour is like a mini-vacation without the travel time or expense. Happy Hour in Port means taking in a water view with reduced drink prices and specially priced menus. Being a journalist can be grueling at times, but I endured this recent assignment, investigating the take on happy hour of three Port Washington waterfront establishments.

What I learned was that it is possible for two people to gaze out on the bay, have a round of drinks and three small plates of food, and spend only around $30 to $50. The price difference depends on whether you have mixed drinks or beer, and the items you select from the menu.


School Buildings Projects Moving Forward

Written by Carolyn Levin, Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Several school facilities projects are underway this summer, including roofing, masonry re-pointing and lintel replacement at Weber, Schreiber, Sousa and Guggenheim. Some ADA compliance projects will also be completed at these four schools. All of these projects were planned to make the buildings more secure. The majority of the work will be completed over the summer except for some of the masonry work, which will be finished during the beginning of the school year, said James Ristano, Director of Facilities & Operations for the Port Washington School District.

The projects are being funded by a bond referendum that was voted on and passed during the 2012/2013 budget vote. The past year was spent designing the projects and coordinating the bidding process.


Town Meeting Turns Into A Protest

Written by Linda Portney Goldstein, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 00:00

More than 500 people packed North Hempstead town hall on Thursday evening, July 18 to register their opposition to an application for rezoning and site plan approval by Dejana Industries of a five acre parcel of land on West Shore in Port Washington. Town officials clearly did not expect the huge turnout and scurried to provide additional seating in hallways.

The Dejana Corporation operates a number of companies which provide street sweeping, garbage removal, snow removal and catch basin cleaning. They are currently located at two sites in Manorhaven. The re-location to Shore Road will mean the cleaning and storage of more than 90 vehicles, including garbage trucks on the property.


Grease Is The Word

Written by Linda Portney Goldstein, Friday, 19 July 2013 00:00

For people of a certain age, “Sandy” conjures just one image, Olivia Newton John in the 1978 movie, Grease. How many of you who were teenagers at that time watched Grease over and over again on cable TV in the early 1980’s?  How many girls dreamed of being Sandy while singing along with the soundtrack and having Grease slumber parties?

Great Neck resident, Kim Kaiman was one of those teenagers and she is lucky enough to realize the dream when she takes the stage next week as part of a very talented ensemble cast in Play Troupe’s production of Grease at the Landmark on Main Street.


New Local Restaurant Is A Family Affair

Written by Linda Portney Goldstein, Friday, 19 July 2013 00:00

45 Shore Road in Port Washington has been the home of two successful restaurants. On July 22, it will begin its third life as Tramonto, with new owners Jeannette Rodriguez, German Rodriguez and Patricia Bunch. Executive Chef Johnny Giordani, who was in charge of the kitchen during the restaurant’s previous incarnation as Brio, will remain in the same capacity.

Jeannette and German Rodriguez are husband and wife and Patricia Bunch is German’s sister. They say their objective is to create a warm and inviting Italian restaurant with moderate prices.  For now, the menu will remain pretty much the same as it has been, although the chef will start “tweaking some of the classics to provide a more modern twist,” says German Rodriguez. “We will also try to make changes to the menu frequently so that it is never boring, but we will keep old favorites.”


Lots Happening at the Sand’s Point Preserve

Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

Invent Now Inc. will be holding “Camp Invention” day camp at the Sands Point Preserve from July 29 through August 2. Invent Now is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and fostering invention and creativity. “Camp Invention,” a nationally acclaimed camp for children entering grades one through six, encourages children to discover their own innate creativity and inventiveness through hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) content.

This year’s Camp Invention program is Innovate, which features the I Can Invent: Launchitude module, where children combine physics and re-engineered household items to create the ultimate Duck Chucking Device. Even if a child has participated in Camp Invention in the past, he or she will benefit from new activities and adventures throughout the week.


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