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Spectacular Springtime At Sands

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All Photos: Tab Hauser

Perfect spring weather brought out families to the Sands Point Preserve to take part in its “Spectacular Springtime,” a day for Port Washington residents and area visitors to come together.

Parents and children of all ages enjoyed arts and crafts, petting rabbits and chinchillas, hunting for eggs on the Dino Trail, as well as planting seeds for take home plants.

This all occurred at arguably one of the most striking places on Long Island. With Long Island Sound as a backdrop and breathtaking architecture dotting the grounds, the preserve was a marvelous place to enjoy the day. [Read more...]

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Falaise Museum Open In May

falaiseThe late Captain Harry Frank Guggenheim’s summer residence, Falaise, opens for the season on Saturday, May 24.  

This elegant mansion, built in the style of a 13thcentury Norman manor, is one of the few remaining great estates that once comprised Long Island’s Gold Coast.  It is furnished with historic artifacts, many from the 16th and 17th centuries.  They include Renaissance wood carvings, sculptures, rugs, paintings and tapestries.  These and other furnishings recall Captain Guggenheim’s military career, passion for aviation, public service, interest in thoroughbred horse racing and long friendships with Charles A. Lindbergh and Dr. Robert H. Goddard, among others.

At a private tour just prior to the official public opening in 1973, Charles A.  Lindbergh was quoted that he considered Falaise, “One of the most beautiful buildings in the world.”

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Yacht Restoration School Launch

yachtThe International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) up in Newport, RI, is planning a very special day May 31.

This is when the students from IYRS’s three accredited programs will graduate from their respective schools of technology and trade, and the students from the boat building and restoration program will launch their boats. For both Newport and the school, graduation has become a community celebration, attracting hundreds of supporters, admirers, community leaders, and industry partners. Readers may be familiar with IYRS since local wooden sailboats, called Manhasset Bay One Designs, have been restored there in previous years.

International yachtsman Dr. Robert McNeil, who owns and is funding the restoration of Coronet on the IYRS campus, will speak at the ceremonies. McNeil is a biotech venture capitalist from San Mateo, CA, and a managing director of Sanderling Ventures.

He has a long history in yachting, including funding the Zephyrus maxi racing campaign. Prior to taking on the $15M Coronet restoration, he funded the restoration of Cangarda, the 126’ steel hull steam yacht at the Rutherford Boatyard in Richmond, CA. Cangarda has been a regular visitor to Newport and the IYRS marina. [Read more...]

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Vol. Firefighters & Obamacare

isfireStating that “this will not stand,” U.S. Rep. Steve Israel told the Port Washington News that volunteer fire departments would no longer have to face the anticipated financial crisis if their services were to be considered full-time employment as related to the Affordable Health Care Act.

Israel reported that the U.S. Treasury Department had assured him that the policy would be changed so that volunteer firefighters and Emergency Medical Services volunteers were treated fairly under Obama Care and could thus be able to continue to serve their communities. [Read more...]

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Danceworks Under New Ownership

danceLocal mother of two Trish Gargani has taken ownership of Danceworks, New York, at 21 Yennicock Ave. in Port Washington.

Gargani, better known as “Miss Trish,” has spent the last eight years working at Danceworks, New York as a teacher of children aged three to five years old. She says her “passion, dedication, positive energy and love for dance has drawn many families to the studio.” [Read more...]

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AT&T Coming To Cell Tower

cellPort Washington residents can look forward to better AT&T cell phone service following the Police District reaching an agreement with AT&T for the company to lease space on the cell tower behind police headquarters on Port Washington Boulevard.

The tower has been owned by the district since June 1, 2012, when the district exercised its option to take ownership of the monopole at the conclusion of Verizon’s 20-year lease.

AT&T will join Verizon as the second provider situated on the tower. Verizon is currently paying $5,532 per month to the district. AT&T will pay the same rent. [Read more...]

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Wit & Whim Plans Earth Day

cookWit & Whim is asking residents to celebrate Earth Day at its “Organic Appetizing Cook-Off.” Those who cook up the best dish will win “2014 Best Chef” bragging rights and a $200 shopping spree to wit & whim.

The event takes place at 6 p.m. on Earth Day (April 22), and attendees are asked to bring their pre-made organic treats to wit & whim for a little “healthy” competition.

As an added bonus, 100 percent of the day’s profits (from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) will go to Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington. [Read more...]

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Port Doc Named Med Director

drgimanNorth Shore University Hospital (NSUH) announced the appointment of Port Washington resident Michael Gitman, MD, as medical director of North Shore University Hospital (NSUH).

Dr. Gitman has served as NSUH’s associate medical director since early 2013, working on a number of important administrative and clinical initiatives. He has led hospital quality, safety and patient throughput initiatives, and supported clinical departments as a liaison to hospital administration. [Read more...]

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LuEsther Mertz To Be Honored

luestherThe late LuEsther Mertz will be honored posthumously at the Cow Bay Theatre Company’s annual awards reception on Friday, April 11.

The reception will precede the performance of Neil Simon’s comedy Last of the Red Hot Lovers at the Jeanne Rimsky Theater of the Landmark on Main Street. Senator Jack Martins and the Community Chest of Port Washington will also be honored at the reception.

North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth will present the Mertz award to Robert Lee Aitken, president of Friends of the Port Washington Library, to be permanently displayed at the library. “Mertz’s presence was a gift to Port Washington that keeps on giving,” said Elizabeth Kott, president of the Cow Bay Theatre Company, “She was a trustee of the library and a founding member of the League of Women Voters. The Mertz building, which once housed the burgeoning PCH, is now the Community Chest of Port Washington Building. She was unstinting in her support of the arts, especially ballet and the theater.” [Read more...]

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Auditions For HarborFest Talent

talentshowThe first public preparations for Port Washington’s biggest one day celebration are right around the corner. The HarborFest committee is looking for children between the ages of five and 18 who sing, dance, play a musical instrument, read poetry or are otherwise talented.

The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce wants “you to practice, practice, practice” and come to the HarborFest talent show auditions on April 25 and April 26, said Debbie Greco Cohen, the event’s talent chairwoman. This year’s 24th annual HarborFest celebration will take place on Sunday, June 1. The auditions will be held in the front room of 382 Main Street (the Community Chest building/Mertz Community Center) on Friday, April 25, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. [Read more...]

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