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Piano Recital At Library

Young pianists line up after the recital at the Port Washington Library

Young pianists line up after the recital at the Port Washington Library

Glorious piano music came through the walls of the Port Washington Library concert room, which was filled by well-dressed young boys and girls participating in a piano recital led by Paner Ying.

The nearly two hour recital was performed by students aged 6-17. They have been playing their instruments anywhere from three months to 12 years. The program was widely selected from Bach to Debussy, and Frozen to Iggy, just to name a few. Every piece was played by memory. It was a memorable event. [Read more...]

Lee Seeman: Preserving Heritage

Lee Seeman at the dedication of the beautifully restored cemetery in Serok, Poland.

Lee Seeman at the dedication of the beautifully restored cemetery in Serok, Poland.

Those who suffered and then perished in the Holocaust may seem long gone, but the efforts of those who still care go a long way towards brightening the future for many and honoring the lives of those lost.

Lee Seeman, town councilwoman and a member of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad, never forgot and continues to work to restore the cemeteries and monuments dedicated to those who perished so long ago.

Her latest effort involved the little town of Serok, in Poland, where she restored a once-desecrated cemetery.

Seeman was first appointed to the commission by then-President Bill Clinton and reappointed ever since. [Read more...]

Port Players Champs

Lacrosse champs John Neil (left) and Luke Cummings holding the Brogden Cup

Lacrosse champs John Neil (left) and Luke Cummings holding the Brogden Cup

John Neil and Luke Cummings, varsity lacrosse players at Paul D. Schreiber High School, who were selected to represent Team Long Island this past summer, went on to capture the 2014 Brine National Lacrosse Classic and the Brogden Cup.

The Brine National Lacrosse Classic was held in Maryland, where Team Long Island and Team Maryland advanced to the Brine National Championship game on Jan. 2, at the University of Tampa.

Both teams separately represented the United States against Ontario during the annual Brine Brogden Cup International field lacrosse series.

Team Long Island closed out a perfect weekend by defeating Canada, 10-8, in double overtime, to win the Brogden Cup for the USA. [Read more...]

‘Frozen’ Concert

The Parent Resource Center is holding a “Frozen” concert Feb. 7.

The Parent Resource Center is holding a “Frozen” concert Feb. 7.

The Parent Resource Center of Port Washington is holding its annual winter concert Saturday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Frozen.” There will be “Frozen” crafts and activities for kids, as well as cotton candy, balloon animals, and a special appearance by Elsa. [Read more...]

Dance For A Cure

Event organizer Sara Siskind is flanked by (l.) Jessica Simpson and Jasmine Sanker, both from Deeva Dance

Event organizer Sara Siskind is flanked by (l.) Jessica Simpson and Jasmine Sanker, both from Deeva Dance

The first North Shore Dance for a Cure, organized by Port Washington resident Sara Siskind, took place at the Ballroom Palace Dance Studio to raise funds and awareness for children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

DeeVa Dance and Fitness of Port provided the entertainment and Siskind’s business, Hands On Healthy, and Setton Foods provided nutritious snacks.

The aim of Dance for a Cure was to allow for more research, education and support for children living with the disease. Funds raised at the event will be invested in research by The Children’s IBD Center at Mount Sinai Hospital that includes lectures, discussions and support groups, as well as treatments. [Read more...]

PSEG Sues Town

Penta_012815AThe rancor between the Town of North Hempstead and PSEG LI has now spilled into 2015.

The utility is suing the town, its supervisor, Judi Bosworth, and
its superintendent of highways, Thomas Tiernan, for demanding—through an ordinance—that PSEG
LI put signs on utility poles that say the poles carry a dangerous substance.

In a suit filed earlier this month in New York’s Eastern District Court, PSEG contends its first amendment rights are being violated by the ordinance and asks that it be annulled and that no enforcement actions be taken against the utility.

The town passed the ordinance last year because it felt the use of a pesticide, Pentachlorophenol (penta), on the poles posed a danger to residents. PSEG LI uses penta as a preservative, a common practice with utility poles to extend their longevity. [Read more...]

‘Wrap’ At Chief Graphics

The team of Chief Graphix

The team of Chief Graphix

How many of us would chose to give up a secure job in order to pursue a dream of starting our own business. JB and Abby Meyer did just that by taking what Abby describes as a “leap of faith,” and opened Chief Graphix in December 2011. [Read more...]

Aid For Fire Victims

The community is rallying for the victims of last week’s early morning fire that sank one houseboat and damaged five others.
A fundraiser will be held at the Polish American Hall Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. Admission will be $25, with all proceeds going to the victims.
Music that evening will feature Alter Ego, Ricky Roche, John Ford of the Strawbs, “Killer” Joe Ferror, Mike Nugent, Mark Mancini, Felix Cabrera and others. Information can be found on the Facebook page “Help the Haven Houseboaters.” [Read more...]

Events Around Port

Wednesday, Jan. 28
Port Writes. On the fourth Wednesday of every month, the group discusses their work and how to get it published. Facilitated by Michael Chaplan. 8 p.m. At the Port Washington Public Library.

Friday, Jan. 30
Sandwiched In: 1939: A Cinematic Celebration. The year 1939 was a turning point for Hollywood, when the film industry looked back upon what it had accomplished and where it was going. Over 400 films were released in that year, and the session will experience some of the highlights. Film historian Philip Harwood presents an overview of Hollywood’s Golden Year, in which such films as Gunga Din, Wuthering Heights, Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Women, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind were released. At the Port Washington Public Library.

The Pretty One (2013-95 min.). A tragic accident presents awkward Laurel (Zoe Kazan) with the chance to reinvent herself as Audrey, the glamorous twin sister she had idolized. As she eases into the life she has always wanted, she must decide between continuing the lie or revealing herself as a perfect fraud. Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston and John Carroll Lynch co-star in this comedy-drama from writer, producer and director Jenée LaMarque. 7:30 p.m. At the Port Washington Public Library.

Sunday, Feb. 1
A Docudrama Double Feature. Docurama produces outstanding documentaries and generously makes them available for public screenings. Today two Docurama releases are presented. Jamie Howell scripted, produced, directed and edited Pedal-Driven: A Bikeumentary (2011-64 min.), which focuses on an escalating conflict between mountain bikers eager to ride and the federal land managers charged with protecting public lands. After a brief intermission, Richard E. Robbins’s Girl Rising (2012-103 min.) travels the globe to meet with nine unforgettable girls who strive beyond circumstance to find their voices and pursue their dreams. The voice cast includes Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys, Freida Pinto, Cate Blanchett, Chloe Grace Moretz, Salma Hayek and Kerry Washington. 2 p.m. At the Port Washington Public Library. [Read more...]

‘Pawsitively’ Sousa

Mrs. Lucie’s class present donations to the town shelter.

Mrs. Lucie’s class present donations to the town shelter.

“We are Sousa strong—kind, compassionate and confident Kind: learning to be caring to others Compassionate: Learning to help those around us Confident: Feeling good about ourselves.”
This is the theme of Sousa Elementary School’s character building initiative launched earlier in the school year, and all of those elements came into play when the school held their annual Playthings for Pets holiday toys and treats drive to benefit Town of North Hempstead Shelter dogs.
Since 2003, when the first holiday drive was held by Diana Conway’s fourth grade class, Sousa students have taken part in this service learning project and discovered the many roles beyond taking in homeless dogs that the town shelter plays.
Eight years ago Colleen Lucie embraced the project, and her fourth graders have carried on the tradition ever since, hosting the school-wide drive for doggy toys, treats, rawhides, food, towels and more.
In discussion with a volunteer from The Shelter Connection, the non-profit organization at the shelter, her class learned some of the many reasons pets may end up there, and came to understand the joys and responsibilities of pet ownership by viewing a PowerPoint of Mary Beth Boelts’ picture book Before You Were Mine. [Read more...]