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Special Tribute to a Special Young Man

Mikey was a special needs child but as Officer Tony Guzzello points out “he was special not because of his disabilities, but because of his abilities.” Sadly, Mikey passed away in his sleep over Labor Day at the age of 24.

The Pride in Port Committee wanted to honor this beloved young man in some way. They decided to rename Campus Drive Mikey Megdal Way for Pride in Port Week. PIP Co-chair Barbara Faticone knew and liked Mikey from events that Ed Kulich ran for his organization called “Poppy’s Kids,” which provides good times for special needs children.

Many have said that Mikey’s best friend, Tim Keenan, and he were arguably Port Washington sport’s biggest fans. Tim said of Mikey, “He was gentle, respectful and kind.”

Mikey’s family wanted to say the following:

“The family of Michael Megdal (Vivian, Nicole, and Myles) would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the community of Port Washington for the thoughts, prayers, and comfort provided to us since Michael’s passing in early September.

“Michael was a warm and loving person, who, despite his challenges, always had a smile and always had a positive outlook on life.

“Mikey – as he was known to those who knew him – lived his entire life in Port, and was committed to the town and its residents. He was an avid sports fan, and never missed an opportunity to support the Schreiber High School teams – both varsity and junior varsity. The town’s decision to change the name of Campus Drive to “Mikey Megdal Way” during Pride in Port Week honors both his memory and the kindness and compassion of Port’s residents.”

Another tribute to this special boy is being made by Max Kuriloff, an 11th grader at Schreiber. He is raising funds to establish a scholarship in Mikey’s name. He is selling blue bracelets to honor him. Anyone interested in purchasing a blue bracelet can contact Max at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .