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ATLAST Runs Program at Manorhaven

Written by Andy Newman, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 13:51

There are many fine summer programs going on in and around Port, but it’s doubtful that any of these programs can equal or surpass the wide variety of activities and experiences offered by the Port Washington Children’s Center’s ATLAST program at the Manorhaven Elementary School.

“It’s going real well,” Director Matt Holzer said of the first few weeks of the day camp that accommodates children entering pre-k through sixth grade. “We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from parents. We’re off to a good start. New kids are enrolling and others are extending.”


Sorg To Air On WFUV-FM

Friday, 12 July 2013 00:00

Jeff Sorg, a singer/songwriter from Port Washington, will have his song “At Gettysburg” presented on WFUV-FM radio (90.7), Sunday, July 21, at 4 p.m. on Robert Sherman’s show Woody’s Children. The show showcases songwriters who are carrying on in the tradition of the late songwriter Woody Guthrie. The program can also be streamed live over the internet at Sorg is locally known as a children’s performer and recording artist. He is also a music teacher at The Parent Resource Center on Main Street. His song was inspired by a visit to Gettysburg, a place where so many young lives were lost.


Pastor Elder Simpson Retires

Written by Linda Portney Goldstein, Friday, 12 July 2013 00:00

Scott Will Head United Methodist Church

Eldon Simpson, who has served as Pastor of the United Methodist Church of Port Washington for the last eight years, says he is looking forward to living in a house he owns for the first time in his adult life.

Pastor Simpson has been a Methodist minister for 41 years, and during that time his family has always lived in a church parsonage owned by the congregation which he served. Simpson is retiring to New Hampshire and, although he will miss his congregation, he believes “life is like a Ferris wheel there is a time to get on and a time to get off. I have reached the time to get off”.


Lou Babs & Moogs Closes Doors Late July

Written by Joy Robinson, Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

After ten years of gracing Port’s Main Street with a shop like no other, owner Helen Lee of Lou Babs & Moogs (95 Main Street) will be closing its doors on July 20. Votive candles, baby clothing and gift pillows, eclectic greeting cards, neat jewelry, handbags and more will be missed. Yet, Lee is hopeful that there may be a bright-eyed buyer nearby who wants to take over her store. Lee views it as a goodwill sale for the community – a way to keep this “go-to shop” with a twist alive. She is even willing to stay longer to make the transition to a potential new owner go as smoothly as possible.

“I am not interested in valuing my business and all the potential sales,” Lee said. “I feel it’s a unique turn-key situation and I wish the opportunity was present for me when I first opened my store.” The next owner would just need to come in and paint, she said. She is happy to work with someone, introduce her/him to the loyal customers, share her existing vendor relationships, and even attend the August gift show together. “I am happy to go through all of my customer lists, pass on to the new owner the keys, the built-ins, and all of my expertise and knowledge,” she said. She welcomes someone with little to no experience too.


Armored Vehicles Beef Up District

Written by Linda Portney Goldstein, Wednesday, 10 July 2013 10:59

Shortly after Port Washington battled the effects of Superstorm Sandy last year, the police district decided to take advantage of a federal program that enabled it to obtain excessed army vehicles at no cost to local tax payers.

Deputy Chief Ronald DeMeo told the Port Washington News that during and after the storm our community was at the mercy of the state and the county to provide the vehicular assistance we needed. “There were areas that it was difficult for us to get to in order to evacuate residents and deliver EMS personnel in case of emergencies.” Although the situation worked out well, the district took another look at what they might need in the event of another natural disaster and decided to participate in the federal program.


Houseboats In Port Washington

Written by David Katz Wednesday, 03 July 2013 00:00

Ahoy, ye land-lubber!!! Come aboard me ship but watch ye step, there’s a Kraken lurkin’ below n’ she be famished.

This was the welcome I was hoping for as I walked through the gates of Haven Marina at the Bay.  However, as I would soon find out, the tenants of Port Washington’s houseboat community don’t spend their days terrorizing the Long Island Sound, plundering sailboats and evading the Coast Guard in search of buried treasure.  


Local Talents Grace Dolphin’s Café Music

Written by Solomon Hoffman Friday, 05 July 2013 00:00

Café Music, the Friday night music series at the Dolphin Bookshop, will feature a wide range of musical talents this month.

On July 5, Port resident Shannon Ferguson will make her debut in the series, performing originals on the ukulele. The night will also feature Nikki Talley, a husband-wife duo that performs Americana and folk music. They gave a stellar performance last month, impressing the audience with their vocal power and banjo playing.


Library At The LIRR

Written by Jackie Kelly Thursday, 04 July 2013 00:00
To help make your commute more enjoyable, the Port Washington Public Library will be on-site at the Long Island Rail Road’s Port Washington station on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 a.m. from July 10 through September 4.

A collection of popular paperbacks for adults, children, and teens will be available for you to borrow. Books can be borrowed for 14 days, and no library card is required. Library card applications will be available, and reserves can be taken for items to be picked up at the main library.


Manorhaven Increases Commercial Tax Rate

Written by Story and Photos by Linda Portney Goldstein Wednesday, 03 July 2013 17:59

Business owners in Manorhaven were surprised when they opened their most recent tax bill to see a 51 percent increase in their village taxes.  The rate went from $69.50 per $100 of assessed valuation for 2012-2013 to $105 per $100 for the tax year 2013-2014. The new rate was effective on July 1.

Several business owners contacted by the Port Washington News said they hadn’t really looked at their tax bill yet, but when told of the increase responded with amazement.  Zelik Ziegelbaum, RPT, and owner of a physical therapy center located on Manorhaven Boulevard said he understands “that the village needs revenue, but they should be encouraging businesses to come to Manorhaven.  This discourages current and prospective business owners.  The economy is still weak.”  Ziegelbaum said his business, which provides a health care service and is viewed by many to be recession proof, has suffered as people lose jobs and medical insurance coverage.  Those fortunate enough to still have insurance are subjected to higher co-payments which they can’t afford.  “We have been very much affected by the downturn in the econmomy and this tax increase will compound financial pressure for many businesses here in the village.  Just look at the vacancies along the street,” he said.


Port Washington Library Foundation Receives Grant

Written by Elyse Belarge Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

The Port Washington Library Foundation recently received a $5000 grant from the Angela and Scott Jaggar Foundation for a group called “Books for Dessert”. This library program was created 9 years ago as a way to help adults over the age of 21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities participate in book discussion groups. The groups meet each week under the instruction of trained leaders to read good stories, meet new friends, and learn while eating dessert and having fun too.

“Books for Dessert” is the first program of its kind awarded an Adult Literacy Services Grant by the New York State Library division of the New York State Education Department. It was started to help students who aged out of the school district have access to programs that continued to improve or maintain literacy skills.


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