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Letter: Census Participation Is Important for Our Community

Friday, 26 March 2010 00:00

By now you have received your 2010 Census form. The League of Women Voters wants to impress upon you a few reasons why Census participation is important for our community:


Letter: Requiem

Friday, 19 March 2010 00:00

It was with great sadness that I read of the ending of “Blue and White Night” at Schreiber High School for “good.” The reasons given spoke to the social decline of adolescent behavior as well as the erosion of parenting and the strength of family life. Such a sorry state of affairs as was described surely warranted drastic action, and it was taken. Oftentimes, impulsive treatment without intelligent inquiry, is no more curative than the negative condition that it attempts to remedy. So I am writing this to present the story and the relevance of a “Sports Night” for girls, why it was begun and the rich experiences it provided over the years for so many of the young women students of Schreiber High School. I’m in a position to know, for I am the one who initiated “Sports Night” as we called it then, way back in the late 1940s.


Letter: Your Beautiful Place in Sands Point

Friday, 19 March 2010 00:00

Imagine yourself only 38 minutes from the skyscrapers of Manhattan, standing on rugged cliffs overlooking miles of water that changes in a seeming instant from shimmering blue glass to untamed waves of fury. Or walking through deep, dark woods with the silence broken only by the calls of multi-colored flying glories of creation. Or taking your own good time exploring some of the world’s great castles and mansions. You probably aren’t aware of it, but all of these experiences and many more await you at the Sands Point Preserve, one of our nation’s secret wonders.


Letter: Support Immigrant Rights

Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00

Do you believe that immigrants play a vital role in Port and in communities across this country? Do you think it is unconscionable that children live in daily fear that their parents may be deported at any time? Do you feel that it is senseless for families to remain separated for years because of government delays? Do you think that all workers deserve to be treated fairly and with dignity?


Letter: An Unpopular Opinion on Parking

Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00

I’ve been a Port Washington resident for 25 years and have long heard the complaints by storeowners and patrons, about the lack of adequate parking along Main Street. I work off hours and so I frequently shop on Main Street during business hours. I have always been able to find a parking spot within walking distance (a block or two) of my destination. I have since taken this “no parking spots” mantra to actually mean, “couldn’t find a spot right in front of the store.” Additionally, when I drive down Bayles Street (North or South), I almost always see a few spots remaining in the far corner of the southern-most train lot. We most certainly do not need an expensive multi-floor garage.


Letter: Please Don’t Change The Soundview Shopping Mall

Written by Shelley Hausspiegel Friday, 05 March 2010 00:00

I am so upset after reading the article about the new development being planned for the Soundview Shopping Mall. What makes Soundview Shopping Mall so special is that it is like a mini outdoor park, it has a pedestrian feel and you can walk and not worry that the space is so overcrowded that you might get hit by a car!

The width of the sidewalk in front of Rite Aid allows small children and adults to run, walk, and feel free and safe. If you narrow the sidewalk and face the cars head-on you are creating another strip mall feeling similar to the Stop & Shop Mall (in front of Burger King) as well as the Dunkin’ Donut strip mall (on Shore Road) where you literally can’t walk on the sidewalk without getting hit by the cars pulling in and out.

I want Port Washington to have a town feeling and not be another Long Island drive through community. Let’s think outside the box: why not put some benches, tables, and more potted plants so the neighborhood people can hang out in the spring, summer and fall, eat ice cream and maybe even get more food establishments to move in! I would implore Mayor Bob to reject the plans being contemplated to cut the sidewalk in half just for the sake of glutting our neighborhood with more cars, soot and carbon monoxide! I work at home and take pleasure in the fact that I can walk to the Soundview Mall. Please, please do not ruin the little bit of space we have to breathe freely!




Letter: Paving Paradise and Putting Up a Parking Lot

Written by Stan Bratskeir Friday, 05 March 2010 00:00

The Harbor Deli on lower Main Street is my favorite stop for breakfast or lunch, so I’m biased. The store is immaculate, the food is good, the countermen are efficient, and you can always count on a friendly greeting of “Hi, Bud.”  But the greatest asset this convenience store has is, well, its convenience. Driving either way, you can park on the street, push the button on the parking meter for 10 free minutes, and quickly grab your little brown bag.

So it was with concern that I learned that the board of the Town of North Hempstead voted to eliminate the on-street parking near the deli and other businesses to build turning lanes at the corner of Main Street and Shore Road.

To compensate, in 2007, the town acquired for $1 million the ramshackle building at Main Street and Jackson Avenue, and will build a 17-space parking lot there – a lot that will offer some of the best water views on the North Shore. Stopping at the deli will become less convenient. And, ironically, the lot will get the most use during rush hours, creating a difficult and potentially dangerous situation for cars turning into and out of it.

This decision raises many questions, the most important one being: why?

Unquestionably, traffic backs up at Main Street and Shore Road for a couple of hours each day during rush hour. But the solution – making it inconvenient to patronize the deli, the little gym, Ralph’s Ices, the French bistro and other stores, and making crossing the street on foot even more perilous – seems a lot worse than the problem.

There was an independent study conducted. It’s about 40 pages long, filled with charts, graphs, aerial photos and references. But on Page 6, where the recommendations are supposed to be, there’s a page that’s blank, except for rubber stamps that say, “Redacted,” meaning edited or changed.  So we don’t know what the independent experts really thought the town should do, because the town edited out this information.

Why did the town cut out the most important part of the report?

Why did the town acquire the property for $1 million three years before there was even a vote on whether the project would go forward?

Why didn’t we try to first re-time the lights during rush hour, or put a traffic officer at the corner ($1 million could buy a lot of traffic direction)?

Why did the town choose to dedicate one of the most beautiful spots in Port Washington to parking spaces that it already had on the street?

Why not build a small apartment building there, to attract some young people, to bring some life to that part of town, and to generate tax revenue instead of spending it?  Or create a dog park, or a couple of tennis courts, or some other facility that would add to our quality of life?

There may be really good answers to these questions, but none that have been given so far.



Letter: Property Taxes Pummel PW

Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00

As a public school teacher, I have been well aware of the soaring tax burden placed on homeowners primarily by school districts. The not-for-profit Tax Foundation ( analyzed property tax burdens in over 1,800 counties over a three year period and found that property tax bills continue to pummel families in the Northeast while home prices have been lagging. Of the top 10 highest-tax counties in America, Nassau County was third highest after Westchester, NY and Hunterdon, NJ. Nassau County was only $98 below Westchester County.


Editorial: Hello From the New Editor of Port News

Written by Katie Piacentini Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I begin my work as editor of Port Washington News. Having lived in Port Washington for the past few years, I feel that I have an understanding of the issues that are important to this community and I am excited to learn more.

During the time that I lived in Port Washington, I commuted on the LIRR everyday to my former job in the city – needless to say, I know the train schedule by heart. While I spent a lot of time at work, I also tried to take advantage of all the great things that Port Washington has to offer and spent a lot of time learning about (and enjoying) the area. Additionally, my husband grew up in Port Washington and graduated from Schreiber, so I have heard many interesting stories from him about what it was like to be a kid in this community. This is a beautiful place to live and work, and I am inspired by all of the people here who keep it that way.

My goal is to provide a fair and balanced forum for Port Washington and to continue the great tradition of this newspaper. I am happy to start an ongoing dialogue and can be reached by phone at 767-0035 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Letter: Response to Frank Scobbo’s Letter to the Editor, Dated Feb. 4, 2010

Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00

It’s a shame that the only written responses to the Bay Walk Waterfront Park have been negative ones. For the past 12 years or so, the Village of Port Washington North has worked feverishly with Federal, State, County, Town, and Village officials, as well as the entire Port Washington community, to replace the blight that was once oil tanks, rundown buildings and a dilapidated pier along Shore Road. From Chairman Thomas Imperatore and his Planning Board who initially devised the concept; continuing with former Mayor Thomas Pellegrino and his Village boards, who crafted the first grant that allowed the planning of the park; to the present administration who orchestrated over $4,000,000 in grants that enabled the building of the Bay Walk Park, this has been a project that the Village of Port Washington North has been very proud of. So I am “baffled” as to why Mr. Scobbo, in his letter to the editor dated February 4, would denigrate the Bay Walk Park, essentially calling it meaningless and a waste of taxpayer’s money.


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