Many people attended this year’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting, held at Blumenfeld Family Park on Sunday, Dec. 4, with the crowd total estimated at over 800 people. While the focus of the event is seeing the beautiful lights on the tree, there are many other highlights such as a Live Nativity, Christmas carols, hot cocoa and other refreshments, and a special appearance from Santa Claus.
The event began with a Live Nativity and the singing of Christmas carols in front of the large Christmas tree. The musical accompaniment was by Liquid Bread and Karla Calderon and Diana Truss were the singers in the chorus. Finn MacCool’s Restaurant and the Ayhan’s Mediterranean Market provided refreshments such as hot cocoa during the event.
The Port Washington/Manhasset chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV) held a Meet the Candidates Forum for the Police Commissioner candidates, incumbent James Duncan and challenger Peter Faulk, on Monday, Nov. 28 at the Weber Middle School Auditorium. The LWV sponsors this forum each year to give the community the opportunity to ask questions and learn the candidates’ viewpoints.
Since the moderator needs to be a LWV member who lives outside of the voting area and this election is for Port Washington residents, Judy Jacobson of Manhasset, service director and 2nd vice president of LWV, was the moderator. At the beginning of the debate, she stated that Paul Faulk called the League of Women Voters on the morning of the debate and said that he was ill and could not attend. “According to League policy, if a candidate has agreed to a meeting date and cancels very close to the scheduled debate, the debate can be conducted with an empty chair,” she said. Jacobson read the procedures of this forum, and said that each candidate signed a copy of the procedures and agreed to abide by the rules. She explained that the audience could ask questions after the opening statements, which had a time limit of three minutes, and each candidate would be allowed one and a half minutes to answer the question.
The Special District Election will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 13. In all of Port Washington’s special districts, there are three commissioners who each serve a three-year term. The terms are staggered so that every year, one of the commissioner positions for each special district is open.
Besides the Port Washington Police District, which is contested and usually attracts the most attention in the community, the other special districts featured in this election are the Port Washington Garbage District, the Port Washington Water District, and the Port Washington Water Pollution Control District. The elections for these three special districts are uncontested.
The auditorium at the library was packed on November 17 with concerned residents and local elected officials eager to hear the details of the proposed Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington (Residents) Model Blocks Program. The proposed project encompasses four blocks from Port Washington Boulevard to Haven Avenue. The goal of the project is to revitalize Main Street.
Recently, a solution was proposed to deal with contamination at a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) site in Port Washington, which is currently under review by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The public is invited to comment on this proposed remedy from now until December 21.
According to a fact sheet and map provided by the Division of Environmental Remediation within the NYSDEC, the site is located at South Bayles and Davis Avenue, adjacent to the east side of the railroad tracks and approximately 1,000 feet south of the train station. The NYSDEC explained that a substation is on this site, and it is a one-story brick structure that is about 2,400 square feet. In addition, a 5,800 square foot transformer yard is next to this building.
Until recently, it was anticipated by many Port Washington residents that Commissioner James P. Duncan would be running unopposed for re-election to the Board of Commissioners of the Port Washington Police District. However, Paul N. Faulk, an 18-year-old student at Nassau Community College, has filed the necessary paperwork to be included on the ballot for the election that will occur on December 13.
Commissioner Duncan was first elected to the Board in 1997 and has served continuously since then. He is the chairman of the Board of Commissioners.
The ceremony began with American Legion Post 509 Treasurer Larry Tuck ringing the traditional bell 11 times at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, which was representative of when World War I ended. Jerry Devine led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and Rev. Eldon Simpson, pastor of the United Methodist Church, read the Invocation. WWII Veteran Art Wade, adjutant of the American Legion Post 509, was the keynote speaker.
Owen Costello has once again composed a wonderful photo essay tribute to some of Port’s local veterans for the Veterans Day issue of Port Washington News.
At the November 1 meeting of the Port Washington North Village Trustees, a proposal was made to extend the subdivision moratorium on development along the waterfront for six months. In response to a request for clarification about the moratorium Mayor Weitzner wrote, “The moratorium was issued a few years ago to examine our existing waterfront zone and surrounding parcels adjacent to it. The purpose was to determine if and how we can expand our waterfront zone to secure more open space and promote maritime recreational activities. We extended it (the moratorium) to have more time to analyze the study done by our planning board and engineers H2M.”
Last month’s meeting of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce took place on Oct. 4. Holiday planning is already underway, and Chamber members discussed a holiday shopping event, street decorations, and a toy and food drive.
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