All people thrive when challenged and feel the thrill of accomplishment when they have mastered a new skill. Most of us remember the flush of excitement when we received our first paycheck.
So sorry to learn of the recent passing of Dr. Charles F. Rogers, one of the real pillars of the Port Washington Community for so many decades.
As the Port News for July 16 indicated, Dr. Rogers spent a substantial portion of his outstanding medical career at St. Francis Hospital including the period from 1970-95 when he was director of surgery.
The impact of crushing steel; the ringing sound of a relentless horn; the blast of an airbag protecting my shocked being from harm. Noise and chaos were plentiful on Plandome Road, but nothing spoke louder than the quiet compassion and remarkable kindness of the Port Washington residents, drivers and officers.
We have to respond to Ms. Rich’s letter that claims the Port News is biased against critics of the school district.
We are a bit surprised because we have printed every letter she has submitted, all of which were critical of the district, verbatim.
Simply put, we see both sides of the complicated issue of public funding for education.
The only bias we have is for the truth.
As always, the Port News will continue its commitment to fair criticism on its editorial pages and maintaining its high standards.
Concerning the exchange between you and Mr. Mirzoeff in the July 16 issue:
In April 2008 Mr. Russo withdrew his letter submitted to the Port News because you refused to include two assertions. These dealt with the number of school district employees and with class sizes.
For the past several years we’ve made it a practice to comment on the commencement speeches given by a chosen senior at the Schreiber High School June graduation ceremonies. They’ve all been high-spirited and the one just given by Daniel Ehrlich was no exception.
In his opening remarks, Daniel said, obviously with tongue-in-cheek, “Sit back, relax and enjoy the next few years in college. The heavy lifting is done…” After we finish high school, we all find out there’s plenty of “heavy lifting” ahead of us, i.e., getting through college, taking on our first professional job, et al.
Studies show definitively that noise pollution is a formidable negative force. It is the cause of emotional distress and often depression. Am I the only person in town who is fed up with the constant din of professional gardening equipment? I am currently on vacation, but cannot enjoy my yard because of it. In the last three days I have calculated approximately 15 hours of ridiculously loud power gardening equipment in neighboring yards. If there is anyone out there who shares my concern, indeed my disgust, please contact Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman about the possibility of legislation requiring noise control devises on the machines, or rotational scheduling ordinances that would afford every neighborhood at least some time free of this pollution. I did so, and he did get back to me indicating that he would follow up on it. Manicured lawns are not worth this price.
On June 5 we were honored as Citizens of the Year, by the Community Chest. That evening was overwhelming and very special to us and our family. To see so many of our friends, members of the local organizations, town and county officials who came to honor us. Thank you, to the many people who have donated to the beautiful journal in our name and for the many touching letters and cards of congratulations that we received.
To the Community Chest, thank you, for the beautiful plaque, the picture presentation and reception. We will never forget this special evening.
It has been a honor to have lived in this community that we love.
Barbara and Tom Faticone
I am really confused. Last year, there was a tremendous community uproar when the Town of North Hempstead decided to remove trees along Main Street in order to facilitate replacing a sidewalk. In fact, because of that, the town passed a tree ordinance.
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