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Port Washington VFW Selects Ed Sautkulis as Memorial Day Co-Grand Marshal

Written by Bob Hogan Wednesday, 20 May 2009 17:17
Arthur George, commander of the American Legion Post 509 in Port Washington has designated Ed Sautkulis to serve as co-grand marshal of this year’s Memorial Day parade scheduled for Monday, May 25. Ed Sautkulis was born in Center Island, Long Island and attended primary schools in Oyster Bay. Ed came to Port in 1946 and has been a resident for the past 63 years.

Ed joined the United States Army Air Force in 1943 and was assigned to the 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group. After basic training in Miami Beach, Florida he received his first assignment as an airplane engine mechanic and was shipped to Calcutta, India, where he was posted for eight months. From India he was reassigned to the Pacific island of Tinian, where he remained until the end of World War II. The airbase on Tinian Island was to be the step off point for the historic flights bringing the war and the atomic bombs to the Japanese homeland.

 

League of Women Voter’s ‘Meet the Candidates Night’

Written by Judy Epstein Wednesday, 13 May 2009 09:12
About 50 people came to the League of Women Voters’ Meet the Candidates night at the Port Washington Library, last Thursday evening, to hear the three incumbent School Board candidates (Larry Greenstein, Dr. Roy Nelson and Sandra Ehrlich and one challenger Bill Hohauser) discuss this year’s proposed budget; the challenges of the Port Washington School District; and why each is hoping for voter support on May 19th. The top three finishers will win 3-year seats on the board. Moderating for the League was Judy Jacobson, a Manhasset resident.

Hank Ratner asked the first question, noting that the board has put a line item of $800,000 for substitute teachers in this year’s proposed budget. The good news, he said, is that it’s a decrease from last year; but why, he asked the incumbents, did they not address “the serious issue of teacher sick days?”

 

Port Washington School District Discusses Unfunded Mandates

Written by Dolores Kazanjian O’Brien Wednesday, 13 May 2009 09:07
The members of the Port Washington School District Board of Education and the district’s administrative staff have often attributed some of their expenses to “unfunded mandates”; that is, requirements of the federal and/or state government that do not carry with them concomitant funding. Now that budget voting time is close, the Port Washington News sat down with Superintendent Dr. Geoffrey Gordon and Assistant Superintendents Mary Callahan (Business) and Dr. Nicholas Stirling (Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment) to discuss those mandates in more detail. Specifically, we asked: What are the major mandates and the approximate cost of each one; what mandated programs or activities would they change if they could and what would they do anyway; and what changes, if any, do they anticipate with new administrations at the federal and state level?
 

Four Vie for Three Seats on School Board This Year

Written by Jackie Pierangelo Friday, 08 May 2009 09:39

Greenstein, Nelson, Ehrlich and Hohauser

School Board Election ’09 has four candidates running for three seats. Incumbents Larry Greenstein and Dr. Roy Nelson are seeking re-election to another three-year term. Sandy Ehrlich, who successfully ran last year to fill the unexpired term of Rocco Andreoli, is now also seeking a three-year term. Bill Hohauser is the challenger.

 

Ninety Years of Accomplishments

Written by Ann Mathisen Friday, 08 May 2009 09:30

In the prime of his life, Morrey Barsky decided that his mother’s senior years shouldn’t be boring and that her life could be “enriched with new interests.” Always a loving and supportive son, his decision to establish the Port Washington Senior Center in 1961 for Millie Barsky enabled her to make new friends and spend time painting even though she had never picked up a paintbrush. In the early days of meeting at the Community Synagogue, his wife Shirley would transport seniors in need of rides while carpooling her own two toddlers. The initial membership was 12 seniors and close to 50 years later, the Port Senior Center continues to serve hundreds of people through recreational, social, and service oriented activities. There are trips, exercise programs, medical screenings, legal services, and a host of programs designed to stimulate one’s mind, body, and spirit. All people who are at least 55 years old are welcome to join and a hot lunch is served daily at 80 Manorhaven Boulevard. The building is bright, spacious, and about 120 seniors attend four days a week. The center is always in need of donations to continue services so any contributions are always welcome and very much appreciated. Lives fast-forwarded become our own.

 

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