C2 Education Opens Its Doors To Learning

From left: Bobbie Polay (Chamber), Katherine Crean (Apple Home Organization and Chamber), Mindy Lampert (C3 Education Commack), Lisa Geisman (C2 Education teacher), NYS Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso, Sable Williams (C2 Education Program Leader), Matthew Reichert (C2 Education friend), Janna Altenberg (C2 Education District Manager), Mitch Schwartz (Millenium Software and Chamber), Jennifer Lee (C2 Education Director), Alvin Fu (C2 Education teacher), Town Clerk Wayne Wink, Elizabeth Johnson (Anton Media Group) and Donbee Lee (C2 Education Learning & Development)

The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce and the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly opened premier tutoring and test prep company C2 Education. The grand opening celebration was held on June 9 to usher in C2’s newest location at 1350 Northern Blvd. A full day’s schedule of events included an open house joint Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony, SAT vs. ACT Workshop presentation and presentation on ways to manage testing anxiety.

C2 Education now has 17 locations in New York that are part of more than 180 locations throughout the country. With the opening of this location, the center will bring more than 30 full and part time jobs to the local community.

Nationally, C2 has a proven track record of helping students gain acceptance into the country’s top colleges, according to the latest U.S News & World Report’s Best College Rankings. In 2017, 749 C2 students are attending top 50 national universities, with 49 more at top 50 liberal arts colleges. C2 has also helped students gain access to top STEM College programs with 208 students accepted at top 10 engineering universities. So far in 2018, C2 students have received more than 4,000 college acceptances and more than $25 million in scholarship offers.

The new establishment also brings the C2 Community Giveback Program, which is an extension of one of the company’s core values of being a proactive member within the communities they serve. Program elements include a variety of events and offerings such as free homework help, workshops, complimentary college planning services via the College Roadmap program, free SAT and PSAT practice tests as well as local scholarship opportunities and center anniversary celebrations.

Families and students interested in learning more about the new location should call 516-441-2644 or visit www.c2education.com/manhasset.

CancerCare Honors Barbara Faticone At Gala

CancerCare gala honoree Barbara Faticone with her family.

On June 7, more than 200 friends, family members and others who know Barbara Faticone through volunteering attended a CancerCare gala honoring one of Port Washington’s most devoted volunteers.

“I enjoy volunteering because Port Washington is my hometown and I love it very much,” Faticone said. “I never want accolades, but I truly appreciate and am overwhelmed by all of the amazing people who came to the gala, placed ads in the journal and otherwise made the event so very special for me.”

In addition to being a 40-year member of CancerCare Port Washington, Faticone has also been and continues to be actively involved with many other local organizations and events, including a member of J.M. Marino Sons of Italy Lodge for about 40 years, Pride in Port committee co-chair for more than 20 years, member of the Tree Lighting Ceremony committee since its inception, board member of the PW Senior Citizens Center for more than 20 years, past president of the Great Neck/PW Doe Club and the women’s auxiliary of the Elks the Columbiettes and a member of Poppy’s Friends, the Chamber of Commerce’s HarborFest and Souper Bowl events.

“Our first gala for our Port Washington chapter of CancerCare was a brilliant success,” said CancerCare Port Washington president Tina Revelant. “I am so grateful to our gala planning committee and everyone who joined us and contributed so generously to this event. Honoring Barbara Faticone was the icing on the cake and seeing everyone come out in support of her and our wonderful cause is a wonderful example of what defines this great community.”

Revelant also thanked the Peter and Jeri Dejana Family Foundation for its continued support of CancerCare Port Washington. For information about CancerCare
Port Washington, visit www.cancercarepw.org.

Editorial: Dogs Die In Hot Cars

Bailey the dog doesn’t want to be left alone in a hot car, not even with the AC running.

While this shouldn’t be news to anyone, it’s worth reminding everyone who will listen that leaving a pet in a car is a dangerous and irresponsible thing to do.

But what if it’s not that hot out?

A 70-degree day sounds mild and ideal for spring, but inside a car, the temperature rises quickly. According to noheatstroke.org, after 10 minutes, it can reach 89 degrees F inside of a car. After 30 minutes, it can reach 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach a stifling and deadly 113 degrees.

But what if I leave all of the windows cracked?

Leaving the windows cracked only slows down the inevitable. Veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward filmed himself locked in a car with the windows open 1-2 inches to demonstrate how ineffective cracking the windows is at keeping a car cool. He starts sweating buckets within minutes. Unlike humans, dogs don’t have sweat glands to aid in cooling the body, which makes them more susceptible to heatstroke.

But what if I’m only gone a few minutes?

It doesn’t take long for a car to overheat and you can’t plan for unforeseen circumstances. Any delay inside the store puts your dog at risk.

But what if I leave water for my pet in the car?

This kind gesture won’t do anything to prevent heatstroke.

But what if I leave the air conditioning running?

And risk the fan failing or the dog accidentally turning it off? It’s happened.

But the store doesn’t allow pets inside!

Then you should have left your pet at home or made some other arrangement. It is never OK to put your pet at risk for the sake of running errands.

What should I do if I see a dog left alone in a hot car?

Call 911 and wait for help to arrive. If you’re with someone else, send them into nearby businesses to notify management or security of the situation.

There is no excuse for leaving beloved pets alone in a vehicle for any amount of time. Spread this message far and wide and help prevent a tragedy.

—Kimberly Dijkstra

Agree? Disagree? We’d love to hear from you! Send a letter to the editor at smosco@antonmediagroup.com.

Youth Concert To Benefit Scholarships

A “Youth 4 Youth” fundraiser will be held at Dolphin Bookshop & Café on Sunday, April 29, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to benefit Summer Together, a summer camp scholarship fund for Port Washington children.

Summer Together is a new community effort to help school-age children from families in need of economic assistance attend a local summer camp for one week. Participating groups include Long Island Together, The Community Synagogue Social Action Committee, Temple Beth Israel Social Action Committee, Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore, Port Together, St. Peter of Alcantara Social Ministry and Our Lady of Fatima Outreach.

Performers are local youth who will be singing, dancing, and sharing other diverse talents. The program will feature soloists, Bach to Rock bands, a puzzle grandmaster, South Indian classical dance and so much more.

“Your donation of any amount will help us reach our goal of sending 50 local kids to one week of camp,” said event organizer Sonia Arora. “Summer child-care is a challenge for so many. This is a small step toward raising awareness and promoting better access for all children to fun and enriching summer activities.”

Camps participating include Bach to Rock, Berest Dance Center, Camp Invention, PYA/NY Baseball Academy, and Unlimited Sports Action.

The Dolphin Bookshop has generously offered its cafe space to host the event. Food, snacks, cold and hot drinks—and books—will be available for purchase.

To make an online donation or for check mailing instructions visit summertogether.longislandtogether.org. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For further questions call Allison White at 917-848- 4861.

Brick’s New Artist Of The Month Debuts March 2

Brick Osteria debuts a new artist of the month on Friday, March 2. Port Washington’s own Maria Salazar is known for both ceramics and mixed media. Retired from the Marine Corps, she plans to use art to work with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Salazar’s work will be displayed at the restaurant through March 23. Meet the artist at a reception on March 2 from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

At the reception, there will be $5 drink specials on beer, wine and cocktails, and complimentary artisan pizza and flatbreads.

Brick Osteria, 52 Main St., will showcase a new local artist every month in 2018.

For more information, visit brickpw.com.

Weber Student Scores

Weber Middle School eighth-grader Ben Schiff is congratulated for his high score on the AMC 8 exam by Weber Middle School Principal Chris Shields (far right), along with Port Washington Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Mooney and math teacher Phil Spotteck.

Weber Middle School eighth-grader Ben Schiff finished first in the school in the American Mathematics Competition, commonly referred to as the AMC 8 exam, with a score of 17 out of 25. Not only is Schiff the high scorer at Weber, his score places him among the top five percent nationally among participants of this very challenging exam.

“The AMC 8 is the nation’s leading mathematics competition for middle schoolers and is designed to cultivate the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem-solvers,” said Schiff’s former math teacher Phil Spotteck who encouraged him to take the exam, which is voluntary.

In total, 30 students at Weber participated in the AMC 8, with many others finishing with impressive scores. The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment. In 2016, approximately 130,000 students worldwide participated in the AMC 8, which is administered annually across the country.

“Now, more than ever before, students are expected to be problem-solvers. Whether it’s young children building small machines at our elementary schools, high school social science researchers being recognized for groundbreaking studies, or middle school mathematics students receiving high marks for their inquiry and scientific thinking skills, our kids are setting their own foundation for future success in real-world professions,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Mooney “Congratulations to Ben, Mr. Spotteck and all of his math teachers and mentors on this impressive achievement.”

Art Guild Announces Winter Classes

The Art Guild of Port Washington announced their schedule of classes and workshops for children and adults for the 2018 winter session. The Art Guild is located at Elderfields Preserve, 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset. To register or for more information, call 516-304-5797, visit www.theartguild.org or email info@theartguild.org.

Adult Classes include:

• Mondays “Get Sharp – Drawing Class with Stephanie Navon-Jacobson” that runs for eight weeks from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 22, 29, 5, 12 and 26, and Mar. 5, 12 and 19

• Tuesdays “Landscape in Oil with Leeanna Chipana” that runs for six weeks from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 and 30 and Feb. 6, 13 and 27

• Tuesdays “Portrait Drawing and Painting with Leeanna Chipana” for six weeks from 1 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 23 and 30 and Feb. 6, 13 and 27

• Wednesdays “Beginner Watercolor with Eileen Neville” for six weeks from 12 to 2 p.m. on Jan. 17, 24 and 31 and Feb. 7 and 14

• Wednesdays “Intermediate Watercolor with Eileen Neville” for six weeks from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 17, 24 and 31 and Feb. 7 and 14

Children’s Classes include:

• Wednesdays “Solving Art” for ages eight through 12 for six weeks from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 24, and 31, Feb. 7, 14 and 28 and Mar. 7

• Saturdays “Art Explorations” for ages five through seven for six weeks from 12 to 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, Mar. 3 & 10

• Saturdays “Art Studio” for ages eight through 12 for six weeks from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 20 and 27, Feb. 3 and 10 and Mar. 3 and 10

• Thursdays “Portfolio and Studio Art for High School Students” for children grades nine through 12 for 12 weeks from 4 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 18 and 25, Feb. 1, 8 and 15, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 and Apr. 12 and 19

Adult Workshops include:

• “Simple and Sophisticated Relief Printmaking with Stephanie Navon-Jacobson” on Mar. 10 and 11

• “Colored Pencil with Kristy Kutch” on Apr. 20 and 22

• “Cellphone Photography with Howard Rose” on Apr. 28

• “Silkscreen Monotype with Stephanie Navon-Jacobson” on May 19 and 20

• “Painting the Still-Life with Robert Johnson” on July 13 through 15

• “Daily Painting with Lisa Daria Kennedy” on Aug. 4 and 5

• “Expressive Pastel with Karen Margulis” on Oct. 26 through 28

Capital Plan Covers Many Bases

The Town of North Hempstead will spend about $10.4 million to make improvements to Harbor Links between fiscal years 2018 and 2022 in its capital plan. The public golf course is a source of revenue for the town. (Photo by Town of North Hempstead)

In this and the next four years, Town of North Hempstead residents will see their sidewalks repaired, parks enhanced, roads repaved and facilities improved.

Items range from as simple as digitizing municipal records to as complex as planning for the effects of climate change.

On Dec. 19, the Town Board and Supervisor Judi Bosworth unanimously approved the town’s 2018-2022 Capital Plan, which estimates $91 million in infrastructure investment.
The town expects to expend $11.9 million in general fund cash on hand and make use of about 10.5 million in state and federal grants. There is the expectation that more funding for future projects will come through grants.

In 2018, the town will use $8.1 million of additional long-term borrowing to finance the projects. The borrowing will reach a peak of about $21.3 million in 2020 and total borrowing over the five years will be $69 million.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will fund an additional $35 million of repairs and improvements, mainly to the beaches and bays.

Single-year items range from $25,000 to upgrade the World Trade Center Memorial to $19 million to replace the pool at the Clinton G. Martin Park. Road paving will cost $21 million over the five-year span. Also included is $100,000 for road drainage major emergencies.

“This year’s Capital Plan continues to focus on a wide variety of infrastructure projects for the town,” said Bosworth. “As any homeowner knows, most maintenance projects are not glamorous, but they are very necessary and that is what we try to address with our five-year Capital Plan. It is our goal to keep the town structurally sound and safe and to maintain a great quality of life into the future.”

She noted that the plan is planned separately from the town’s operating budget, and added, “The plan also shows the proposed funding for each project—whether through bonding, operating revenue, grants, or FEMA reimbursement.”

The capital plan will fund various $940,000 worth of improvements at Clark Botanic Gardens, includ-ing the possible replacement of walkways to make them environmentally friendly and ADA compli-ant where feasible. This project will also fund the rehabilitation of the ponds located in the Gardens. (Photo by Town of North Hempstead)

The Big Numbers

Aside from the road paving and the Martin Park pool, mentioned above, here are some of the big ticket items on the list:

• North Hempstead Beach Park: Visioning and sanitary system, $17.9 million
• Roslyn Heights Park District: Park and pool renovations, 10.9 million
• Harbor Links: General improvements, $10.4 million
• Beacon Hill Bluffs: Design, engineering and construction, $9.75 million
• Gerry Pond Park: General improvements, $8.5 million
• Highways Department: Vehicle and equipment replacement, $8.3 million
• Town Operated Special Districts: Sidewalk repairs, $5.65 million
• Martin “Bunky” Reid Park: General improvements, $3.45 million
• Michael J. Tully Park: General improvements, $3.16 million
• Department of Public Works: Environmental Protection Agency compliance, $2.7 million
• Town Hall: Various improvements, $2.4 million
• Leeds Pond: Culvert repair, $2.4 million
• Port Washington Public Parking District: Parking lot renovations, $2.3 million
• Department of Public Works: Concrete road reconstruction, $2.25 million

Of the FEMA projects, the most expensive, at $12.9 million, is the reconstruction of the Town Dock. An additional $4.6 million will be spend on aquatic sand removal at the dock.

“It’s a great capital plan,” said Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio at the Dec. 19 meeting. “And we have a lot of great projects planned.”

Also at the meeting, Bosworth spoke before the vote and made the following comments: “Our goal is to have a fully transparent and open process. To this end, a public work session was conducted that detailed every project included in the Capital Plan. In addition, we met with each town board member to review projects in detail and discuss the prioritization of the included projects. As your supervisor, I am committed to making capital improvements for our future, while balancing the need to be fiscally conservative. The costs outlined in this document are preliminary estimates. Every effort will be made to find lower cost options when available and to maximize grant funding, without compromising the quality of our projects.”

Bosworth added, “Infrastructure has a direct impact on the economic health and safety of our residents. It is never good policy to ignore infrastructure problems today and to pass these problems along to future generations. I believe that once a local government lets its aging infrastructure deteriorate, the costs to fix it grow exponentially.”

Among the items she highlighted was the increase in funding to repair sidewalks from $100,000 to $1 million annually.

Regarding climate change, the supervisor said that plans include the construction of two debris management sites at Michael J. Tully Park and North Hempstead Beach Park. The town will also spend FEMA funds to fix and increase the resiliency of the Town Dock, damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Of the Clinton G. Martin Park pool, closed for repairs last year, Bosworth promised that “the replacement will be completed in calendar 2018 and park district residents will be able to swim there this summer.”

Some of the new projects added this year include, according to a press release, “the renovation to the soccer fields at I-Park in Lake Success; upgrades to John Caemmerer Park and the repaving of the parking lot; the installation of a new spray pad and playground at Mary Jane Davies Park in Manhasset and a new spray pad at Martin “Bunky” Reid Park in Westbury; improvements of the grounds at Whitney Pond Park; restoration of the wetlands at North Hempstead Beach Park; new vehicles for the town’s Code Enforcement; and improvements to the pool mechanics at Harbor Hills in Great Neck Estates.”

“As supervisor, my goal is to work with my fellow town officials and the community to decide how best to safeguard and improve our town’s treasured facilities and build to a better future,” summed up Bosworth.

To review the remainder of the projects in the 5-year capital plan, log on to www.northhempsteadny.gov/capitalplan.