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.
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?”
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.
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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