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Reminder: Port LIRR Lot To Close

portlirrMTA Long Island Rail Road reminds customers planning to travel from Port Washington Station this weekend that the Haven Ave. commuter parking lot will be shut down so the LIRR can remove the closed Haven Avenue pedestrian overpass, shuttered since April for safety reasons.

The parking lot will be closed with commencement of work tonight at midnight and remain closed through Sunday night. The 48-hour parking lot closure is necessary due to the size of the pedestrian bridge being removed and the equipment required for accomplishing the task. The work will be completed and the parking lot reopened in time for the Monday morning rush. Train service is not scheduled to be impacted during the work. [Read more...]

New Effort Touts Port Business

dinaPort Washington has a new strategy for bringing people through its businesses’ doors.

The first part is a glossy brochure that was just released to tout Port merchants and the area’s beauty. Other components are expected to include another flyer, a business and civic committee and even the hiring of a public relations firm.

The effort is the brainchild of Dina De Giorgio, the North Hempstead councilwoman whose district includes Port. De Giorgio understands “a thriving Main Street is important to property values,” but also knows how difficult it is to do business in the community, which sits at the end of a large peninsula and whose Main Street is relatively quiet even on weekends. [Read more...]

Video: Port Library Dances To Happy

Check out this video of our very own Port Washington Library staff dancing to Pharrell’s “Happy!” Watch the video, then vote on which song you think the Port Library should rock next.
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Thrill On Stromboli Hill

Stromboli Hill Tavern (Photo by H. Hepcat)

Stromboli Hill Tavern (Photo by H. Hepcat)

As a kid in the early fifties, I often found myself by the Mill Pond.

In the summer, many of us youngsters navigated large, model sailboats there.

In the winter, we looked for the large red ball painted on the white sign. This meant skating was safe on the pond.

Nick Sica’s lunch wagon was another story. We always wondered if the rumor of his system for testing the heat of the grill was true. However, whatever the season, one could not help seeing, and wondering about, that big odd house on the hill next to the pond…the house on Stromboli Hill.

Pleasant Avenue is the road that climbs up and over Stromboli Hill. In centuries past, it was well-traveled, since it was the main route to Shore Road, Manhasset Isle and Manorhaven.

The Mill Pond did not exist back then. The water there was actually a section of Manhasset Bay and was called Dodge’s Inlet. This was appropriate, s

ince the Dodge family’s homestead was at the head of the inlet.

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Port Artists On Display In Exhibit

artThree Port Washington residents—Barbara Spivak, Lawrence Chrapwily and Margaret Weissbach—have been selected among 50 Long Islanders to participate in the upcoming art and photography exhibition being hosted by LIU Post. The exhibit is to benefit the Nassau County Firefighter’s Operation Wounded Warrior. 

Come view “Summer” through the eyes of these award winning artists and photographers—150 works of art will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the charity. [Read more...]

Celebrating Asian Culture In Port

festivalHundreds of people recently turned out for the Town of North Hempstead’s fifth annual Asian-American Festival at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port.

The event, which celebrates the growing cultural landscape of the town, featured dozens of local vendors showcasing clothing, accessories, food, and arts and crafts unique to Asia. [Read more...]

Knickerbocker Cup Happenings

Manhasset Bay Yacht Club is hosting the 2014 Knickerbocker Cup.

Manhasset Bay Yacht Club is hosting the 2014 Knickerbocker Cup.

The 32nd annual Knickerbocker Cup gets underway with an opening ceremony and All-American BBQ on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m., at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club.

Racing begins Thursday morning, Aug. 28, and continues through Aug. 31. [Read more...]

Port Girl Helps Cancer Victims

picAnne Penha, a second grader at Sousa Elementary School, donated eight inches of her hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths—an initiative to help girls and women fighting cancer receive real-hair wigs. Anne said she wanted “to help someone who is sick to feel better.” Marco, from Commisso and Company Salon in Port, performed the haircut, which Anne calls “beautiful.”

Bridge At EAC Senior Center

bridgeStarting on Aug. 5, the Port Washington Senior Center at St. Stephens Church will be offering free beginners Bridge instructions.

The classes will be conducted by certified instructor Jo-ann Damato. They start at 12:30 p.m., and will run for eight consecutive Tuesdays. [Read more...]

Crosswalk Checkpoints Planned

crossThe Port Washington Police District is having a “crosswalk safety event” Thursday, July 31, as part of its Pedestrian Education, Enforcement, and Traffic Solutions (PEETS) program.

The event will involve police ticketing drivers who don’t yield to pedestrians at crosswalks. The police are not disclosing the locations they will be monitoring. [Read more...]