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Her Boston Marathon Story

Written by Joy Robinson, Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:00

“Life is just strange and so surreal,” said Bernie Cunningham, just two days after she returned home from the Boston Marathon to her quiet Salem neighborhood in Port Washington. Having run three NYC marathons and 25 local “Turkey Trots,” among others, Cunningham is a serious racer and was excited to have qualified for Boston’s race.

“The Boston Marathon is one of the biggest races that every serious runner puts on their bucket list,” said the Liverpool, England native. “Basically the first 16 miles are downhill –  sort of like running down Radcliff Avenue in Port Washington.”


DeGiorgio Announces For Supervisor

Written by Linda Portney Goldstein, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 10:47

Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio announced her candidacy for North Hempstead Town Supervisor at a fund raiser Thursday, April 18 at H on the Harbor in Port Washington.  

DeGiorgio, a Republican who currently represents the sixth district on the Town Council, which encompasses Port Washington and parts of Manhasset and Plandome, was surrounded by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, State Senator Jack Martins and former U.S. Senator Alphonse D’Amato.


Diamonds In A Main Street Setting

Written by Joy Robinson, Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

At the Sands Point Shop,

beautiful jewelry isn’t just sold, it’s made

There’s much more than meets the eye at the Sands Point Shop. Just look behind and under the array of jewelry, giftware, outerwear and handbags, and you will see what is increasingly uncommon on Long Island—a place where things are actually made.

The Sands Point Shop at 15 Main St. is home to a large jewelry-manufacturing center—fully equipped with 10 technicians who hammer out everything and anything. Every day, there are daily tasks from designing a diamond setting to filing and polishing.


Veteran Cop Announces Retirement

Written by Linda Portney Goldstein, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 11:05

Chief William J. Kilfoil of the Port Washington Police District has announced plans to retire, effective April 30, after nearly 39 years of service.

 The Board of Commissioners Monday announced the appointment of Assistant Chief James Salerno as Acting Chief of the District.  Salerno has been with the department since 1981.  He served as Administrative Lieutenant from 2000 to 2004 and was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2004.  It has been speculated for a long time that Salerno would succeed Kilfoil as Chief.


wit & whim’s Royal Pain

Written by Joy Robinson, Thursday, 18 April 2013 00:00

The location crew for tv show “Royal Pains” (with a popular storyline about doctors in the Hamptons) was drawn to the creative and colorful storefront of wit & whim, which opened last September on Carlton Avenue off Main Street.  The life and style shop –with a twist– was transformed overnight to the fictitious Hampton eatery: Baker & The Bean.

“The irony is that we pride our shop as having a part Brooklyn, part Hampton feel,” said wit & whim owner and creator Laurie Scheinman.  “And Port Washington is right in between.”  


Bach To Rock Opens

Written by Joy Robinson, Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

Open House for Kids with Special Needs

Since Port Boulevard’s newest music school, Bach to Rock, opened in January, it’s already rockin’ to the beat of 200 students.  In such a short time, partners Glenn Fleischman and Alan Goodstadt have revamped their curriculum to target a key group. There will be an Open House on Friday, April 19 for families with children with special needs. There will be free trial classes offered, a meet and greet the new teachers, and a chance to ask questions about the program.


“We realized there was an important part of the Port Washington community in which music could play an amazingly beneficial role,” said Fleishman. “The goal for these children is not necessarily to make them proficient at an instrument.  It’s about introducing music as a teaching tool to help with everyday life skills,” added Goodstadt.  



Security Prime Board Issue

Written by Joy Robinson and Linda Portney Goldstein, Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:00

Port Washington schools superintendent Dr. Kathleen Mooney recommended a two-pronged approach to enhance security in the district at the April 2 meeting. Mooney described   a “visitor management system” known as ScholarChip, which would be purchased with funds from the 2013-2014 budget.  Many surrounding districts have already implemented the program, which scans a person’s driver’s license and then immediately prints out a photo identification for all school visitors.  The system checks several databases to determine if the visitor poses a threat. For individuals who do not have a driver’s license, other forms of identification can be used.


During the discussion following the security presentation there seemed to be broad support among board members for the ScholarChip program. On the other hand, the “boots on the ground” proposal which represents the second prong of the enhanced security plan, met with some skepticism.



Painter Ed Balcourt

Written by Betsy Abraham, Thursday, 04 April 2013 08:22

Ed Balcourt of Port Washington is living proof that the old adage “age is just a number “ is true. He has been painting for 65 years, is now 90, and has no plans to stop.

Six-feet tall and broad-shouldered, Balcourt has a gentle demeanor, openly expressing his love and knowledge for art. Despite his age, he is sprightly, and displays vivacity. He lives by himself in a small, studio apartment in a complex near Main Street.


PBA, Brass Reach Accord

Written by Linda Portney Goldstein, Saturday, 06 April 2013 00:00

For the first time in 20 years, the Commissioners of the Port Washington Police District have successfully negotiated a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Port Washington PBA avoiding contract arbitration.  The Commissioners voted to approve the MOA on March 27 during their regular business meeting.

Dave Franklin, chairman of the Board of Commissioners, said “Coming to an agreement has saved taxpayers and the PBA approximately $35,000 each in legal fees.” He also thanked Commissioners James Duncan and Angela Lawlor-Mullens for, “doing the lion’s share of the work in negotiating on behalf of the Board. It was a team effort and a good faith effort on both sides.”


Moving Ahead With Dock

Written by Linda Portney Goldstein, Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00

The revitalization of Morgan’s Dock, a project that has spanned more than five years and several village administrations, is beginning to move from dream to reality.

In late April, the Manorhaven Board of  Trustees will release a request for proposals (RFP) to  select a company to work on the initial phase of the restoration of this property at Bowman’s Point Road adjacent to Manorhaven Beach.


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