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Letter to the Editor: Don Peshkin’s Passing

This week a member of our community, Donald Peshkin, passed away. Don loved the town of Port Washington, loved kids, his family, friends and neighbors. Don also cared about what was right and wrong and saw a big injustice in town and wanted to help fix it. Petrus Park was closed and fenced off in 2008, seven years ago. Don was one of the voices always calling and emailing the Town of North Hempstead curious as to when the children would have their park reopened. After all, it had already been a park for 30 years. Year after year we would meet, talk about the park and ways of getting it reopened. Don wanted to make sure children had this space to play in. Another summer has ended, the fence is still up but now Don has left us. The TONH has promised that Petrus Park will reopen in 2016, eight years after it was fenced off and closed. I am sorry Donald Peshkin won’t be here to see it reopen, to see children once again playing in the Petrus Park. As a community let’s make sure the TONH reopens this park as promised. Don always said, “Not one more summer should pass with the children not having their park.” I know Don will be missed by so many people. My appreciation goes out to Don for teaching me about his endless drive to do what’s right for our community.

—Lee Kalinsky

Letters To The Editor: Oct 28 – Nov 4 Issue

Vote Singas

I’ve known Madeline Singas for 30 years, and throughout that time she’s been a person who stands for all that is right in this country. She is a shining example of the American Dream. A child of immigrants who sought a better life for their family, Madeline has been a protector of our society for her entire legal career. Protecting our unalienable rights from those who would seek to take them from us, she has stood by to protect the victims of domestic violence, especially the children. She has fought to put behind bars perpetrators of violent and drug-related crimes.

We all will be challenged to pick a new Nassau County District Attorney, so I ask you this question: Can we, or our children, afford to select and risk having a district attorney with no criminal prosecutorial experience, ever? Think of it this way, what do you do when you are in need of a doctor, a specialist, a surgeon. We all only want the best. The best person is the one most experienced at that job, or who has done a procedure over and over, and one whose success rate is tremendous, who will give us a true and honest assessment of what we are facing. The same goes for a contractor in your home, a mechanic for your car and a tutor for your child. Madeline Singas is that person and she has been doing it for more than 24 years, in both Queens and Nassau. There is no one better, more qualified for, and more deserving of our trust, confidence and vote.

It appears as if Nassau County is on the precipice of a variety of different major issues that will affect our children’s health and safety, and the almighty dollar of the taxpayer. The scourge of heroin and its potential for an increased entry from both sides of our borders, domestic violence, child abuse and now the potential political pay-to-play scandal that may rock both the Town of Oyster Bay and the Nassau County Executive’s office. To ensure our security, safety and growth in this county, elect a strong-minded, independent Democrat, my friend Madeline Singas.

On Nov. 3, I ask you to cast your vote for Madeline Singas: a remarkable prosecutor, a devoted mother, a friend to all and a district attorney with the most experience that both Democrats and Republicans should support. Nassau County needs to maintain our quality of life.

Jim Gouna­ris

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Letters To The Editor: Support For Beys And De Giorgio

Political Party Doesn’t Matter—Our Town Does

After attending the recent candidate debates hosted by the League of Women Voters, I realized that the current “hot button” issues today are the same as they were when I moved here 21 years ago; parking, the building department, the revitalization of Main Street, traffic, infrastructure and other quality of life concerns.

I believe that the solutions to these problems can come only when elected officials put aside their party affiliations to work towards the best interests of the community.

Our Town Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio has done just that. This is no easy accomplishment considering she is a member of the minority party on the town board. She is smart and not afraid to challenge a proposal if she believes that it would have a negative impact on our community. [Read more…]

Letter To The Editor: If You See Something, Say Something

saysomethingMy name is Laurie Gibbons and I am a Manhasset mother of three beautiful little girls. I’ve been heartbroken, angry and frustrated by the seemingly nonstop school shootings in our country, which is why I was recently moved to support an organization called Sandy Hook Promise.

Sandy Hook Promise is a nonprofit led by family members who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 and parents from the community. Sandy Hook Promise is supported by hundreds of concerned citizens, like me, who have signed up to become Promise Leaders. Promise Leaders work with Sandy Hook Promise to engage and empower parents and community members to take a seemingly simple, yet powerful steps to keep our kids and communities safe. [Read more…]

Letter to the Editor: Article About Poles

A recent article in the Port Washington News clearly indicated that our community is still seriously concerned about the 80-foot PSEG utility poles on Port Washington Boulevard. One reader commented, “they make me so sad and angry…it looks industrial and ugly.” One other reported, “It was planned and calculated and we had no chance to object…So horrible.”

The town board can still take action and have PSEG begin to remove these utility poles and [place the wires] underground. This would not only improve our streetscape but more importantly it would provide better service to businesses and homeowners.
The board must continue to negotiate with PSEG. Several years ago Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington and the town board worked together and did just that by convincing the utility to remove the utility poles from Port Washington Boulevard south [of Willowdale] to Campus Drive and have the wires put underground. The town should take that same action now.

—Myron Blumenfeld

Letter to the Editor: Pride in Port


Port Washington News team leading the first Pride in Port parade

The annual Pride in Port tradition will occur on Sept. 19, and with it will be an assemblage of the greatest melting pot of culture, including businesses, schools, organizations and associations, we’ve ever seen since the opening of Main Street School in 1909.

Newcomers to Port should be aware of its rich history that spawned with an idea by the Port Chamber of Commerce and this newspaper nearly three decades ago. Roy Smitheimer (the Chamber of Commerce president at the time and a 1972 Schreiber grad) walked into the office of this newspaper and told me (then, editor, and a graduate of Schreiber the same class as Roy), “Hey, I have a really good idea to implement that involves celebrating the people of Port and bringing everyone together. What does Pride in Port sound like to you?”

The tradition continues to flourish 27 years later. It was in this office that the idea of a Pride in Port essay contest was spawned, along with the idea of holding an adult dance (year one, the dance was held in the Schreiber gym and attended by 350 people, which morphed to 600 people at the Polish Hall in subsequent years). Community leader Barbara Faticone planned all future dances, complete with themes. We also partnered with the AAPW’s Sandy Cardiello and Joe Marro, who wanted to tie-in the new tradition around Schreiber Homecoming. Schreiber Assistant Principal Bob Bartels joined this effort to help us launch a homecoming parade that involved lavish home-built floats representing every school in Port. We also turned to the senior citizen population, recruiting the help of Alicia McCarvill (director of the Manorhaven Senior Citizens Center) to be the cheerleaders at the parade, and encouraged them to hold a senior citizen luncheon at Schreiber on the Pride in Port day. On nearby Weber fields, thousands of school kids enjoyed a field day lead by PYA. The police, clergy and local businesses were also integral parts of the birth of Pride in Port. We also honored past graduates, through a Schreiber Hall of Fame, who were recognized as an athlete in his/her time. And, of course, the Vikings played a fiercely competitive game on the field (it was, remember, Homecoming).

The  got it right when they wrote in an April 2013 article, “Port is the town with a homing signal.” It is truly here in our town that we find that our local culture provides a sense of identity for both our community and residents. This identity facilitates common understandings, traditions and values that are all central to plans of action to improve well-being.

While my years as chairperson of Pride in Port (and once a grand marshal) are behind me, it is with tremendous satisfaction that I see that others have picked up the torch over the past two decades and continued a tradition that is bound to make our younger generations remember what a special town they were privileged in which to grow up.

This former editor is truly proud of Port and equally as proud to call Port my home since birth.

—Andrea Mastrocinque-Martone

For a list of all Hall of Fame inductees, click here.

To learn more about this year’s inductees, click here.

To learn more about the scholarship Pride in Port supports, click here.

To learn more about this year’s honorees, click here.

For more information about the Pride in Port Committee and sponsors, click here.

Concern About Spraying

I am deeply concerned and outraged by the mosquito spraying this town endures each year. It is harmful to our environment and to the health of our residents. While mosquitoes may be annoying, and can potentially carry West Nile virus, spraying a known carcinogen in our backyards is not the answer.

The chemical used to reduce the mosquito population, Resmethrin, is classified by the U.S. EPA as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans” (1). [Read more…]

Bd Of Ed In Washington

Port Washington School District Board of Education trustee Larry Greenstein with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the National School Boards Association (NSBA) 2015 Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C.

Port Washington School District Board of Education trustee Larry Greenstein with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the National School Boards Association (NSBA) 2015 Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C.

Larry Greenstein, a trustee of the Port Washington School District board of education, joined more than 700 school board and state school boards association leaders in Washington, D.C., to advocate for strong public schools for all students.

Greenstein participated in the National School Boards Association (NSBA) 2015 Advocacy Institute. [Read more…]

‘Hidden in Holland’

The Community Synagogue is hosting a unique program, “Hidden in Holland, An Iconic Victim and a Fortunate Survivor.”
The holocaust program includes an informational presentation about Anne Frank, with excerpts from her diary presented by Gloria Glantz, who was a Hidden Child in Poland. Leo Ullman, a fortunate holocaust survivor, speaker and author will share stories of how he and his family survived the increasingly harsh conditions under German occupation. [Read more…]

Some Oppose Bond

A grass roots group has formed—Citizens for School Management—that has set up a website and is collecting donations to use towards measures like advertisements, fliers and generally publicizing its position against the $69.9 million bond proposal the school board will vote on Jan. 13.

Board President Karen Sloan says much thought and deliberation has gone into the bond proposal.

Board President Karen Sloan says much thought and deliberation has gone into the bond proposal.

James Ansel, head of the group, said, “The school board is perpetrating distortions on the community to justify the bond.” [Read more…]