Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00
Anna S. “Lela” (Westergaard) Heinzerling, 89, passed peacefully at home on June 10, 2011. Anna, a longtime resident of Port Washington, leaves behind her husband, Ralph (also of Port Washington), sister, Thora Frank (Chevy Chase, MD), children, Laura Berzofsky (Westfield, NJ), Steve Heinzerling (Brooklyn), Nina Pepek (West Springfield, MA), grandchildren, Jessica Hellman, Sabrina Hellman Gewertzman, Scott Berzofsky, Caroline Pepek, great-grandchild, Clyde Gewertzman and dear friends, Kari Lynch (Ridge, NY) and Faith LeSauvage (Port Washington). She is predeceased by her parents, Johannes and Astrid (Stang) Westergaard (Port Washington) and by her brother, John Westergaard (New York, NY).
Born on Sept. 21, 1921, Anna emigrated from Norway in 1923 and began living in Port Washington in the early 1930s. She attended Port Washington public schools before graduating from Smith College in 1944. Early in life, Anna cultivated her lasting love of learning. With a master’s in education from Adelphi University, she worked as an elementary school teacher for many years. Later in life she became an ESOL teacher for the public library, a position where her love of good conversation stood out. Eager to engage in discussion, Anna always showed an interest in every point of view: her all-embracing love and kindness will be missed.
In 1949 she married Ralph Heinzerling and they began building a family in Port Washington. As a homemaker, Anna influenced local youth as a Scout Troop leader and was also active in the local Bridge Club. Anna was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist in Port Washington, where her belief and optimism shone.
Throughout her life Anna was an enthusiastic attendee of all Port Washington High School reunions and, as a member of the New York area Smith College Alumnae Association, all of her Smith College Reunions. She loved these get-togethers and staying in touch with friends and classmates.
A memorial will take place on Saturday, June 18 at noon at the New York Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, 2 Beacon Hill Rd., Port Washington. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Anna’s memory can be made to Smith College, 33 Elm St., Northampton, MA 01063.
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00
Joan Hutchinson’s Five J’s Jewelers will be closing its doors after 34 years in town. Currently at 155 Main Street (located in Mini Mall Shops), Five J’s has been located in different spots around Port such as the Soundview shopping center and four different Main Street locations. Five J’s has lost its lease, but will be here through the end of August. The store will be liquidating inventory of jewelry. Hutchinson’s newest venture will include a web-based business from her home, where she will continue to provide her customers with quality merchandise at wholesale prices. For more information, please email email@example.com or call 516-567-4142.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Baz Luhrmann, the internationally acclaimed writer, producer and director of the new 3-D adaptation of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, captivated the invitation-only audience at the Long Island premier of the film last Wednesday night at Soundview Cinemas.
“It’s touching for me to be here in Port Washington,” said Luhrmann, a native Australian. “I grew up in a small town where my father had a cinema for a short time. It’s like inviting people into your lounge room to sit in the dark and experience something together.” Luhrmann took notice of all the care that went into refurbishing the Soundview Theater, telling the guests that there really is so much buzz out there about the reopening.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
The fact that Port Washington Youth Activities (PYA) is celebrating its 50th year of working with area boys and girls is quite an accomplishment. Ron Henderson, its executive director for the past 20 years, also has a long history with PYA’s Lions Field that extends all the way back to 1958.
“I played in the first games ever held at the field back then when it was the Port Washington Little League,” said Henderson. “That was before the field was renovated.” The renovation, which began in 1999 and forced the PYA to relocate for two years from its Glen Lane site, now features four Little League fields and one major league field, all on pesticide-free, natural grass. During the fall, the fields are converted for lacrosse and football programs.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
This is the season of anticipation. Boats are being prepared for launch, yacht clubs are going into commission all up and down Long Island Sound, and the weather is absolutely beautiful. The beginning of an active boating season on Manhasset Bay and LI Sound is just weeks away. Before the season begins, it might be a good idea to think about boat safety. Whether you are a skipper or crew, racing or out for a nice leisurely afternoon, be it sail or motor, safety should be your first priority.
An online sailing newsletter, Sail-World.com recently published some good information on this very topic. It is from the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. This is what Foundation suggests: It takes just six minutes to brief your new guests on board your boat for a day of sailing and it could save a life and/or your boat. Below is a six-minute briefing that all of us should practice to make sure the sail is fun and relaxed and safe.