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Letter: Bringing Community Theater Back to Port

Friday, 18 November 2011 00:00
Delighted! That’s how I feel about being back in Port Washington, my home for over 50 years, after a seven-year hiatus. It is wonderful to read in the Port Washington News about the myriad activities that make living here a pleasure.

The only thing that didn’t delight me, however, is the absence of any ongoing local theater group. After discussing it with a few like-minded residents, we decided to try to find out how many of our fellow-residents would also like to be involved in bringing community theater back to Port. Because I was a card-carrying, longtime member of both the Dramatists Guild of America and ASCAP, I was “volunteered” to write this letter. What is envisioned will not only include performing, but also meetings dedicated to learning more about the American theater and hearing directly from some of Broadway’s veterans.


Letter: Supported Lee Tu’s Campaign

Friday, 18 November 2011 00:00
I am proud to say I was a part of the Lee Tu campaign. I met many great people from all over the Town of North Hempstead by being involved and we are all very proud of Lee for getting the issues out there. Your campaign loss is a loss for so many people who need to be heard. It would have been great to call you my Town Supervisor but better than that I call you my friend and that has no term limit involved.

Letter: Soaring Achievement and School Finances

Friday, 11 November 2011 00:00
On June 8, 2009, the NY State Comptroller’s Office released that contributions to retirement systems would dramatically increase due to poor market performance. On Sept. 3, 2009 the NY State School Boards Association warned that school districts should expect, due to investment losses, substantial budget increases for the Teachers Retirement System. At the school board meetings held last year on Nov. 3 and 11, 2010 the PW schools superintendent yet cited unforeseen budget increases totaling $8-10 million dollars.

Letter: ‘In God We Trust’ Vote

Friday, 11 November 2011 00:00

(Editor’s note: This letter was sent to Congressman Gary Ackerman and to Port Washington News for publication).

I was dismayed and disturbed at your vote against the House of Representatives non-binding resolution reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the official national motto of the United States. Why? Do you have a problem with the word “God?” Are you a non-believer in a Supreme Being that millions of people refer to as “God?”


Letter: We Need to Re-Elect Fred Pollack & Wayne Wink

Friday, 04 November 2011 00:00

I have been working with both Wayne Wink and Fred Pollack for the past number of years and seen their dedication and professionalism in fighting for our best interests. Both Fred and Wayne are ever present at community meetings and are very respondent to letters, phone calls and when asked questions. Fred and Wayne have been proactive in making our community better and have listened to our ideas and concerns. Just look around - in the past two years Port has had Main Street crosswalks made safer for pedestrians and major sections completely resurfaced. The traffic at the station moves more smoothly with the newly installed left turn lane, Additional parking for commuters has been opened on South Bayles and almost ready on Haven Ave. The old, disgraceful, rat infested white “Shields” house opposite the post office will soon be demolished to make way for additional parking for merchants, shoppers and commuters. We have revitalized parks and a swimming pool. A cleaner bay with healthier water and innovative recycling programs. Thanks to Fred’s hard work - How great is it to see our children safely enjoying the new skate board park at Manorhaven and no longer on our local streets and jumping in shopping centers.


Letter: Vote for Dina DeGiorgio

Friday, 04 November 2011 00:00
Please join us in supporting Dina DeGiorgio for Port Washington Town Councilwoman. As is true of so many communities, Port Washington is facing challenging times and in order for our town to thrive we must look to make some changes. We believe that Dina DeGiorgio is the right person to lead us through these times ahead.

Letter: Town Ordinance on Leaf Blowers

Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00
Autumn is back, and that means the leaf blowers are back in full force, not that they ever go away during the spring and summer. The Town of North Hempstead has an ordinance regulating the hours when using leaf blowers and other power machinery (power washers, etc.) is permitted (see below in this letter). But this ordinance does more to protect landscapers than it does to protect the homeowner. Nearly everyone hires a lawn service now. On any day of the week the drone of the blower and mower is present. Some communities have adopted tighter restrictions on the use of leaf blowers, which are used constantly even when there are no fallen leaves to remove. They replace a rake or a broom (both silent).

Village of Manorhaven: Statement Regarding Cell Tower

Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00

On September 30, 2011, a decision was released by the judge in the federal cell tower case, ordering the Village of Manorhaven to issue building permits for the Pequot Avenue cell tower in the location identified in the original 2007 Village approvals or, in the alternative, lift the Village’s 2009 “stop work order” so that construction can resume in the current location.

Earlier this year, AG Towers, Inc., the cell tower developer, sued the Village in federal court, for the purpose of enforcing its rights under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Village has long taken the position that the foundation for the cell tower was constructed in a location not in accordance with the plans on file and, therefore, the project should not be permitted to continue.


Letter: Not Enough Suds to Clean This Mess

Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00
In the dead quiet of summer, on Tuesday, Aug. 23, the North Hempstead Town Board granted permission for a car wash to be established, on the block of Beechwood Avenue nearest to Port Washington Boulevard.

For those not familiar with the location, it may seem a quiet block, but in truth it is anything but.


Letter: Trick or Treat for UNICEF, Halloween On Oct. 31

Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00

The leaves are changing and the air is crisp. It’s time once again to think about this year’s Halloween costumes and “trick-or-treating” for UNICEF. UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, was founded in 1946 to protect the well-being of children in the aftermath of World War II. Over 60 years later UNICEF is still going strong, providing money for improved nutrition, clean water, medications, vaccines, sanitation and educational supplies for children.

For many years, the Parent Council of Port Washington has been a sponsor of UNICEF. We believe that the “trick-or-treat” campaign is often a child’s first philanthropic experience and we are happy to sponsor it again this year.


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