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Looking to Bounce Back: Boys Varsity Baseball Aim For Playoff Berth

Despite a rough season last year, the Port Washington high school varsity baseball team is looking to build from last campaign’s experience. A year ago, they were a young team with little to no experience at the varsity level. That, coupled with some key injuries, forced them to play many close games at which they came out on the short end. This year, the boys will use that experience as a motivator going into the new season. With 10 of the 16 players having played at the varsity level and six of those 10 as returning starters, the team does have some veteran presence and leadership.

Schreiber varsity baseball team

Schreiber varsity baseball team

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Spring PYA Season Begins

Between 700 and 800 children, from kindergarten through seventh grade, will be participating in the spring PYA season that has just begun. Spring 2015 sports will include boys and girls softball, baseball, lacrosse, roller hockey and tennis. Almost 150 volunteer coaches and assistants will give freely of their time to make the season enjoyable and successful for the children.

PYA's Lion's Field Complex at the end of Glen Lane

PYA’s Lion’s Field Complex at the end of Glen Lane

Boys baseball (3 to 7) began on March 28, along with girls softball (2 to 7). Girls softball (K and 1), boys baseball (1 and 2) and developmental girls lacrosse (K-2) will begin on April 18. Boys baseball (K) and developmental boys lacrosse (K and 1) begin on April 19. Roller hockey will start on April 27, and tennis will start on May 7, with partiipants selected by lottery. The season for all sports will end during the weekend of June 20.

This will be the 52nd year for Port Washington Youth Activities, which started in 1963. PYA is the largest youth sports program in Port Washington and its mission is to provide organized youth athletics in a variety of sports for all the children of our community. “PYA strives to develop skills and teach an understanding of how to play the game while at the same time developing character, instilling the high standards of good sportsmanship, teamwork, community, safety and respect for the individual in order to prepre for future success,” according to the PYA Mission Statement.

PYA’s home fields are the Lion’s Field complex at the end of Glen Lane. PYA is the only Little League affiliated youth sports program in town, and the PYA safety plan is approved by Little League. For more information, visit pyasports.org.

 

Baxter Estates Elects First Female Mayor

On Wednesday, March 18, Nora Haagenson was elected the first female mayor in the history of the Village of Baxter Estates, succeeding Fred Nicholson, who had been mayor for eight years. Because Nicholson decided not to run again late in February, after the date that petitions were due, Haagenson was elected as a write-in candidate. She will formally begin her two year term as mayor on April 6.

Nora Haagenson, first female mayor of Baxter Estates

Nora Haagenson, first female mayor of Baxter Estates

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Flavor Bomb Explodes For Port Chef

Port Washington resident and entrepreneur Giovannina Bellino is the owner of the Goddess Gourmet Co. and the creator of the delicious cooking base Flavor Bombs. Bellino’s business is a certified woman-owned business and the product is manufactured on Long Island. Flavor Bombs are natural, frozen fresh, gluten free, low sodium and low-cost cooking bases that can be used to enhance the flavor of any dish.

Flavor Bomb creator and owner Giovannina Bellino

Flavor Bomb creator and owner Giovannina Bellino

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Springtime Spectacular at Sands Point Preserve

Sands Point Preserve will hold the annual Springtime Spectacular on Sunday, March 29 from 1-3 p.m. This much-anticipated event promises an afternoon of family-fun with a wide variety of nature and music activities for people of all ages to enjoy.SandsPointPreserveSpringtimeSpectacular [Read more…]

Port Resident D’Urso Speaks At Rotary Club

Port Washington resident Tony D’Urso, who served on the Town of North Hempstead council for 16 years before retiring, left a deep impression on those who attended last week’s Manhasset Rotary Club’s meeting.

Manhasset Rotary President Esther Miller (left) presenting a $500 check to Tony D'Urso, representing Cross Cultural Thresholds.

Manhasset Rotary President Esther Miller (left) presenting a $500 check to Tony D’Urso, representing Cross Cultural Thresholds.

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Turkey Vultures Seen At Mill Pond!

Port Washington News reader Grace Bellomo sent in photographs of turkey vultures seen at Mill Pond. This photograph show the visitors eating a raccoon. Never seen them before in Port!

Turkey vultures seen at Mill Pond!

Turkey vultures seen at Mill Pond!

 

Innovative Technology Builds Tech in Town

Innovative Technology CEO and founder Corey Lieblein

Innovative Technology CEO and founder Corey Lieblein

Innovative Technology Electronics Corp.’s founder and CEO Corey Lieblein started his company with one product and a leap of faith 14 years ago in his hometown of Port Washington. Now, Lieblein’s consumer electronics company, which specializes in designing, developing, manufacturing, and bringing to market stylish, unique and affordable electronic products, has more than 200 products that can be found in almost 20,000 retail stores across North America. Some of Innovative Technology’s best-selling products include a nostalgia line of products, which are vintage-looking high-tech stereo systems and suitcase turntables, their Justin rechargeable power products, and Bluetooth speakers, cases and keyboards. [Read more…]

Schreiber Boys Lacrosse Starts Strong

It’s a brand new season of lacrosse at Schreiber High School. Head boys varsity lacrosse coach Tom Rooney and his team are looking to improve from last season’s progress and play deep into the month of May.

The Vikings finished last season with a 9-8 overall record, which placed them fourth in their league. They eventually bowed out to Farmingdale in the quarterfinals. They were unfortunately riddled with a lot of injuries. All 10 starters missed games at some point during the year and some were out for the whole season. Fortunately, other players stepped up and performed well. This provided not only some quality playing time for the boys, but experience as well.

Schreiber boys lacrosse team

Schreiber boys lacrosse team

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Anything Goes At Schreiber March 26-29

AnythingGoes_040115ASchreiber High School will present Cole Porter’s classic “Anything Goes” from March 26-29. Performances are on Thursday, March 26, Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and complimentary for senior citizens. “Anything Goes” is recommended for theatergoers 6 years and over.  The production involves the efforts of over 100 students and staff, under the direction of Lauren Foster-Holzer, with vocal direction by Carly Valentine, orchestral direction by John Meyer, choreography by Floryn Glass, and is produced by Christine Nelson. Performances are at the Schreiber High School Auditorium, 101 Campus Drive, Port Washington.