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Board To Vote On $69 Million Bond

SchoolBoard_122614AThe Port Washington School Board will vote on Jan. 13—at its next regular meeting—about whether to ask residents to endorse a $69 million bond for capital improvements and repairs to district properties.

The bond would require a majority vote from district residents, with polling taking place on March 10.

While the board was previously preparing for $77 million dollar bond, adjustments and improvements have been made to the plans and it now reflects the $69 million total.

Board members have said there is no choice but to seek the funds for improvements that cannot be covered by the annual budget. The bond issue is not popular with many residents, who say salaries of teachers and administrators should be cut, or at least moderated, to make up some of the cost. There is also concern that the board is being too ambitious with the scope of projects and improvements to be covered by the bond. Board members have defended their plans as being necessary for upkeep of buildings and grounds, as well as adding some necessary elements to the district. [Read more...]

Kindergarten Registration Info

Kindergarten registration will take place at Central Registration at 90 Ave. C, Port Washington. Please call to schedule your appointment between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. by calling 516-767-5470. Please refer to the school list below to determine which week you will register your child. For your convenience you can download the kindergarten registration packet at: http// Please complete the entire registration packet and bring proper documentation to your scheduled registration meeting.

South Salem Elementary School: Monday, Jan. 12 to Thursday, Jan. 15

Manorhaven Elementary School: Tuesday, Jan. 20 to Friday, Jan. 23

John P. Sousa Elementary School: Monday, Jan. 26 to Friday, Jan. 30

John Daly Elementary School: Monday, Feb. 2 to Thursday, Feb. 5

Guggenheim Elementary School: Monday, Feb. 9 to Friday, Feb. 13

In the event of a winter storm we will contact you to reschedule for an alternate date in February.

Transportation is available for students residing more than a ½ mile from school. Information will be mailed in the summer and bus orientation is usually in August.

For transportation to child-care after school you need to complete a form when you register or you may contact the transportation department. The form must be returned fully completed to the transportation department no later than April 1, for the following September. Please call 516-767-5030 if you have any question about transportation.

Note: If you opt for a child-care drop off it must be located in the same district boundary catchment area where you live, or at one of the two district authorized locations—either at the Children’s Center on Main Street or at the JCC program housed in one of our elementary schools in order to be eligible for this type of transportation.

Class placement is decided by keeping the classes as balanced as possible considering gender, age, ethnicity, former nursery school, etc. Placement and school supply letters are mailed to parents in mid-August. If there is a concern about placement (i.e., particular children who should not be placed together) parents should contact the principal in writing in April. Children cannot be placed with friends and a request for a specific teacher is not allowed.

Medical examinations and immunization forms must be completed within one year prior to the starting date of school. The forms should be returned to the school your child will be attending before June 20.

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RR Station Gets Schimel Touch

Schimel_111414AAssemblywoman Michelle Schimel played an integral part in the recent installation of the pedestrian overpass bridge at the Port Washington Long Island Railroad (LIRR) station and the new bike rack located there. Schimel said she is also pleased to recognize her constituents for choosing to bike and walk to the trains.


Broadway Workshops Come To Port

Broad_101014ABroadway-caliber musical theater instruction is arriving in Port Washington, courtesy of Sands Point resident Wendy Perelman.

Perelman is bringing in Broadway professionals from the likes of Hair, Pippin and Billy Elliot to assist in co-teaching workshops. Perelman will be teaching students out of her home and their homes, with a culminating class at Sands Point Preserve.

Having moved to town from Los Angeles with her husband and two sons just over eight years ago, Perelman, who holds a Bachelor’s degree from the musical theatre program at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, has professional experience in the field. [Read more...]

Asselta Of Port Chosen ‘Super Lawyer’

Lawyer_103114AJoseph P. Asselta of Port Washington has been chosen a “New York Super Lawyer” by his peers.

Asselta is co-head of Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP’s construction law department.

He represents clients in all segments of the construction industry including owners, developers, financial institutions, design professionals, general contractors, construction managers, government contractors, trade contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, equipment rental companies, and insurers and sureties (on both public and private projects). [Read more...]

Port Youth Gives This Holiday

Lucas_121914AFor many children, the holidays mean getting gifts galore.

But when Manorhaven fourth grader Lucas Milgrim, 9, was asked to make a list of what he wanted this holiday season, he decided that instead of only getting, he wanted to give back.

After considering several options, Lucas decided he wanted to collect gifts to give children at the Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park. [Read more...]

Port Resident Honored By Town

Jack Hammer of Port Washington was welcomed to Town Hall to be presented with a certificate to honor him for reaching the milestone age of 90. Hammer attended the ceremony with his wife of over 60 years, Beverly (l.), and was presented with the citation by North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth.


Sousa Student Honored

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio visited Sousa Elementary School to honor fifth grade student Iann Fine for his proactive efforts in securing a composter for the school’s garden.

Iann wrote a letter to Sousa Elementary’s Home School Association in October sharing his thoughts about how composting helps the environment, and how it should be used in the school’s garden. As a direct result of Iann’s letter, the town donated a composter, courtesy of the town’s Sustainability Office, and Sousa’s Green Committee and Garden Committee will implement a school-wide composting awareness program at the school all year long.

Walking For A Cure

Weber eighth grader Adam Jackman, on right in the blue T-shirt, walked with his team at the “JDRF Walk For A Cure” in Yaphank. With the help of his family, friends and the Port Washington community he raised $17,000 to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. This was the 10th anniversary of his team walking. This year the walk happened to also be the week after celebrating his bar mitzvah.


A Dusting Delivered To Port

DSCN0643Port Washington  is nestled in snowflakes Thursday morning, after a dusting that started Wednesday afternoon. The Port Washington Library takes on a serene look, standing tall, but surrounded by signs of winter. So far, so good in terms of snowfall. But winter is on its way and, after last year’s deluge, many are hoping it will be a milder one.