Enthusiasm is a gift. More than that, it can be quite contagious. So when you find a person infected by it, you can bet that he or she will be the tribe’s Chief — or at least one of the Chief’s go-to Indians.
The late William F. Buckley was merely brilliant. He was the poster child for classical political conservatism. Always articulate, Bill never lacked enthusiasm for his beliefs. He claimed that on any college campus, only 6 percent of the students cared. “Give me the 6 percent,” he used to say.
The Port News editorial (8/28) by John Owens made some good points, admitting our public schools have become very “expensive, bureaucratic, corrupt and politically charged”. But he also made some erroneous statements regarding school choice that were refuted in a recent report by the Friedman Foundation, established by Nobel Laureate Dr. Milton Friedman and his wife, economist Dr. Rose Friedman. (“A Win-Win Solution — Empirical Evidence on School Choice,” April 2013).
Of 12 empirical studies on academic outcomes for school choice, 11 concluded that school choice improved student outcomes. One study found no impact, and none found any negative academic impact. There were 23 studies on the academic impact on public school students, with 22 finding school choice improved public school performance, and 1 study finding no visible impact. No study found school choice harming public schools.
She really was a dame, but not a dame. She was a dame with a capital D, not a dame there is nothing like. In 2010, she became a Dame when named a member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
By now, if you hadn’t read or heard that Marian McPartland died August 20th, you were on another planet. Ms. McPartland was a pianist, radio host, writer, and composer who excelled at everything she did. More importantly, she was an irreplaceable asset to the Port Washington community. Rather than repeat the litany of her achievements and honors, may I, please, tell you about the Marian McPartland three of us knew in different ways.
On August 10, several of us were on a Transit mooring in Manhasset Bay watching the sun set. At 7:15 p.m., three different boaters attempted to reach North Hempstead Patrol.
After several attempts from these boaters, they finally answered. They advised North Hempstead Patrol of a safety issue in the anchorage area of Capri Cove, regarding jet skis being operated in an unsafe and dangerous manner. The Bay Constable acknowledged the information, but never responded.
Not surprisingly there is controversy surrounding the proposed re-zoning of 5 acres at Hempstead Harbor to consolidate the Dejana truck operation on West Shore Road. The location, a wetlands area that is a natural habitat for many species of birds, animals and plants, would be filled in and paved over as it would be squarely in the proposed site.
The company currently occupies two properties in Port Washington. On Sagamore Hill Road there is a sprawling office/storage building, while on Manorhaven Boulevard in an industrial area, there are several old sanitation vehicles and an extensive, unsanitary truck cleaning operation.
Last night I had the pleasure of presenting myself at the Sands Point Village Court to be arraigned for a violation of the village code, namely a “dog at large” summons. My small Wheaton ran off my property and was apprehended about 2 blocks away, most likely chasing a squirrel. A very friendly 9 year old dog, who has resided in Sands Point his whole life, with no prior record other than maybe an occasional bone theft.
In short, he made the trip from Brooklyn to Ithaca to Brooklyn to Port Washington before he was 25. Once he got to Port, he never lived anywhere else. Of course, he liked it here, but Manhasset Bay and its environs were not the deciding factor. That was a young woman named Stephani, who also liked it here.
So? What does any normal red-blooded young man do after he courts a captivating young woman who causes his heart and mind to agree, “She’s the one”? (No, he did not ask her if she had a job.) He married the lady;they bought a house in Port and have lived here ever since. It proved a definite plus, but it almost didn’t happen.
There is a method to my madness. Considering the absence of names in last week’s story about the 40th reunion of Schreiber High School’s Class of ’43, lest you think I’ve gone bonkers and forgot to identify people, the next paragraph will clear the air.
My intent was to write about this exceptional reunion so classmates who bagged the event might have an idea of what they missed and attend the next. Also, it seemed a good way to acknowledge the fresh thinking and dedication to details of the ’73 Class Reunion’s splendiffic organizing committee. But my enthusiasm made short shrift of the space allotted to Everybody’s Port and my good intentions were for naught. The remedy? Part 2 of “A Classy Class”.
The music for “Lydia and Tom”, an original musical that will be featured this month at the New York City Fringe Festival, was composed by Port Washington resident and Columbia University student Solomon Hoffman. Hoffman, who graduated from Schreiber High School in 2010, remains active in the Port Washington community by coordinating the Café Music events at the Dolphin Bookshop and by conducting the Port Summer Show, among other things.
Imagine this: You’re in your mid-to-late 50s — closer to 60 than you would like to be. The exigencies of making a decent living have made shadows of friends and colleagues with whom you traveled from teenage to the cusp of adulthood. But that’s why you’re here at this very place at this very time, isn’t it?
You step inside the front door not knowing quite what to expect. But once you reach the large, wood-trimmed dining room straight ahead, you’re all smiles. And smiles are what you get as you sign in for the 40th reunion of the Schreiber High School Class of 1973 on July 20 at the Port Washington Yacht Club.
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