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Fresh Produce Welcomed

I would like to thank Marvin Makofsky and the volunteers at Plant a Row, Patty Woods and the volunteers at Grassroots, Bayles Garden Center, and the community of Port Washington for all of the wonderful fresh produce that was so lovingly grown, harvested and delivered to Our Lady of Fatima Food Pantry this summer and fall.

This food was such a special addition to our usual non-perishable foods and our clients were so thrilled to be the recipients of such fresh and tasty produce.

Our pantry was pleasantly overwhelmed all summer long, and even until the beginning of December, with the most varied and delicious selection of produce.

The produce that was delivered to us each week by numerous volunteers was greatly appreciated by all of the families that visit our food pantry.

I want the community to know that receiving the produce not only enriches the diet of our clients, but also lifts their spirits. The hard work and care that went into growing these fruits and vegetables is acknowledged and appreciated by our families and to receive food that was grown with love was an added benefit.

The time and effort that it takes to cultivate the produce and coordinate the harvesting and delivery is greatly appreciated by all.

As Mother Teresa said, “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”

It is clear by the abundance and beauty of all we received that the Port community has fully embraced Mother Teresa’s ideals.

Thank you.

—Sister Kathy Somerville

Director, Our Lady of Fatima Parish Outreach

Taking Pride In Younger Generation

Port Washington Pride arrived at our house today. In contrast to the dismal news we are receiving elsewhere, the school district’s newsletter was an instant picker-upper. For an old guy like me, it was a joy to read.
Schreiber senior Harry Paul deserves kudos and the respect of not just the Union Free School District, but also of our entire community. What a role model! Instead of sitting in a corner, bemoaning his fate, he did something about it. His goal is a noble one: to help children everywhere who are victimized by a condition they were born with. That says a lot about Harry Paul’s values—and values are what determines a person’s character. (Parents take note). [Read more...]

Utility Poles Pose Hazard

Regarding Chuck Idol’s Op-Ed piece (The Truth About the Poison in PSEG’s Poles, Port News, July 16-22) I would like to add that here in the Town of North Hempstead, we are also very concerned with the use and lack of warning signs on utility poles treated with Pentachlorophenol (penta). [Read more...]

More Wrong In Port Than Utility Poles

Tilting at windmills, or utility poles, can be a worthwhile endeavor until it diverts attention from other important matters.
The article, “PSESG Electric Project Now Complete” (Port News, July 2-8) quoted the executive director of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington as saying that the new high poles should be taken down and that the utility should pay for their removal. [Read more...]

Federal Taxes Should Consider Cost Of Living

Brian and Amy are your typical middle-class New Yorkers. They’ve worked hard to build a comfortable life for their three children in Hicksville, and hoped to remain there to be near family.
However, every year during tax season they are hit by a bill from the federal government that makes them question if they will be able to continue living in such a high-cost area. Their story is all too familiar, and I wanted proof that we need to change the federal tax code to account for New York families facing some of the highest costs of living in the country. [Read more...]

Skateboarders And Safety

Parents please talk to your children about the safety of skateboards.
I sit on my front porch and watch the kids coming from Harbor Road and coming from Shore Road going to Harbor Road. They come down the street on the yellow line. I am on the curve and I’m so worried that someone is going to get hit by a car.
The other day a boy was coming so fast on the sidewalk he lost his footing. The skateboard went in the street and he went forward. A car was coming from Harbor Road and drove over the yellow lines. [Read more...]

Memory From Hepcat Era

I receive the Port Washington News here in FL.
I lived in Port for about 10 years after I got married.
Way back in the 60’s, the Salem Inn was our local strip joint. I will say it wasn’t the nicest place to go.
We all hung out at Pete Gaffeny’s place. It was the best in town then.
— Charles de Leon

Wet Weather Doused Special Performance

There was to be one terrific and appropriate concert at the Sousa Band Shell—”A Salute to our Armed Forces”—on the 70th anniversary of D Day.
It was most unfortunate that the weather did not cooperate for this to take place and as not only the concert goers would have enjoyed, it was to be a wonderful salute for the public to know and say, ‘thank you’ to the 10 members in the band who had served and were part of D Day.
The program planned was most appropriate, with Gus Segredo as narrator and the Color Guard of the Marine Corps league of Port Washington Detachment #614 to set off the evening. [Read more...]

One Nation Under The Gun

Recently there have been many tragic situations—unexplainable actions by desperate, stressed, mentally ill and suicidal people.
We, as a nation, seem to forget the millions of poor, needy and ill citizens. We pass by homeless veterans, many of us without a thought of helping them. We see runaway teenagers and we ignore them. Our leaders, so self righteous in their speeches about the American people, then with their next vote, remove millions from SNAP benefits. [Read more...]

Senior Identity Protection

I’m writing to inform readers of a simple and effective step we can take to protect our seniors from identity theft—removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.
One in five Americans above the age of 65 fall victim to financial fraud. In New York alone, approximately half a million seniors have been prey for scammers. [Read more...]