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Port Rowing Holds 2nd Annual Ergathon

Team raised funds through event and donated $10,000 to Hurricane Sandy victims

On Dec. 7, Port Rowing held their 2nd Annual Ergathon. The team broke into groups and rowed a combined distance of 1,000,000 meters in 7 hours and 25 minutes. This is equivalent to rowing across New York and back again (630 miles). 

The team started at 4:30 p.m., Friday afternoon, at the Indoor Rowing Center and in traditional Port Rowing fashion, encouraged and pushed each other on the rowing machines until just before midnight. Over the course of the evening, parents joined the adult team to help the kids, and there was a coach team, as well. It was a complete team effort on every level. This year, the team put others’ needs before their own and donated $10,000 of the money they raised to Hurricane Sandy victims via Newsday’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. 

Port Rowing is a local nonprofit organization that promotes rowing to all youths in grades 7-12, adults, and also to adaptive rowers. The organization is based in Port Washington, but as an open club, it accepts members from any zip code. They are currently beginning their winter training season and spots are still open in all of the programs. If your child wants to get fit, have fun, and learn to row, there is a program for you. If you are an adult looking for a low impact total body conditioning activity for the winter, there are classes for you. If you want your child to take part in our adaptive program and partner with a Port Rowing mentor, there is a program for you. If you have any questions about Port Rowing, please contact Coach Steve Panzik at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or go to


Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.


In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.


“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 


Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 


The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.


Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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