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Len Schaier and

Len Schaier and

Summer is in full swing and for many it’s a time to relax outside at the beach, pool or on the patio. It’s also a time when a multitude of helicopters transport people from Manhattan to the Hamptons, and seaplanes are flying overhead to land in the harbors of the East End. The noise from these helicopters and seaplanes is disturbing to many residents along the North Shore, from Queens all the way out East. Port Washington is right in the flight path of many of these helicopters and seaplanes, which fly lower than in years past, according to Port Washington resident Len Schaier, who is the president of, a group dedicated to supporting citizens around the country in their efforts to control aircraft and helicopter noise and pollution. [Read more…]

Nassau DA Democratic Primary Lawsuit Filed

In last week’s issue of the Port Washington News, Linda Portney Goldstein interviewed Michael Scotto, who is running against Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas in the September 10 Democratic primary for Nassau County District Attorney. On July 20, 2015, Singas and three individually named voters filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Nassau County, seeking to remove Scotto’s name from the Democratic Party’s primary ballot. The lawsuit alleges improprieties in the signatures on Scotto’s petition, including “fraudulent dates” and “forged signatures.” Keith Corbett of Harris Beach PLLC, the attorney who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Singas and the other petitioners, did not respond to the Port Washington News’ request for comment. Isaac Goldberg, Singas’ campaign consultant, said that he had no comment about the lawsuit.

Scotto said, “Madeline Singas and three democratic operatives, including Nassau County Democrat spokesperson Bonnie Garone, filed a lawsuit challenging my 6,355 filed signatures­, more than triple the amount we need to qualify. My election lawyer is confident that we will prevail, and in his view the lawsuit was filed merely to bog us down in court and drain resources.” He continued, “It is clear to even my twelve year old son that Ms. Singas is trying to knock me off the ballot because she knows I can beat her in the primary. It’s sad that Ms. Singas and her operatives are trying to deny over 6,000 Democratic voters a chance to choose their candidate. We live in a democratic society, not a third-world country.” The lawsuit will be heard on July 29.


Children Donate To Alzheimer’s Foundation

Sean Phillips, LIAF’s director of development, Jack Hannan, Catherine Rose Hannan, Elizabeth Hannan and Tori Cohen, LIAF’s executive director

Sean Phillips, LIAF’s director of development, Jack Hannan, Catherine Rose Hannan, Elizabeth Hannan and Tori Cohen, LIAF’s executive director

Three Manhasset children decided to forego birthday presents this year to help the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF) in Port Washington. In lieu of gifts, the Hannan children, Elizabeth 16, Jack, 14, and Catherine Rose, 9, requested that donations be made to LIAF in honor of William Hannan, their beloved “Pop Pop,” who passed away in April from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was a retired New York City detective. Together, the Hannan children raised $1,675 for LIAF.


Stand Up Paddleboarding

After a few days of record-breaking heat, finding something fun, water-related and cooling might have been more of a challenge before this summer. But Kostal Paddle has come to Port Washington, bringing with it “Positive Vibes” for “Positive Lives,” and offering residents and nonresidents opportunities to rent paddleboards or take stand-up paddle boarding lessons from expert instructors, according to company owner John Michael “J.M.” Kostallas.Paddleboard072915B copy [Read more…]

Free Lunch For Children

Island Harvest Food Bank will be serving free lunch to children in need this summer in Port Washington. Responding to an increased demand for supplemental food for children who rely on school lunch programs, Island Harvest Food Bank has expanded its Summer Food Service Program to 55 sites across Long Island. The Port Washington Community Action Council (CAC) serves as one of the 55 locations. The local site of the CAC is at Salem Elementary School. Free lunches will be provided Monday through Thursday at 12 p.m, through August 7, according to Allison Puglia, vice president for programs and agency relations for Island Harvest. As this is considered an “open” site, any child who comes to the elementary school can receive a free meal, no questions asked, Puglia said. [Read more…]

Call For Artists

The fourth annual “Art-o-rama” is coming to the Graphic Eye Gallery, at 402 Main Street, on Saturday, August 1. Everyone is invited to hang original art in any medium in the gallery. There will be no judge, no jury and no restrictions. Just show up and show.

Saul Diamond, participant in 2014  Art-o-rama

Saul Diamond, participant in 2014

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Big Fish, The Musical, Swims Into Port

The Port Summer Show will be presenting Big Fish, a musical adventure based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film written by John August (whose other credits include Charlie & The Chocolate Factory). Music and lyrics are by Andrew Lippa who also wrote The Addams Family.

The cast of the 2015 Port Summer Show

The cast of the 2015 Port Summer Show (Photo by Linda Nutter)

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Summer Birthdays Celebrated At Senior Center

Sixteen senior citizens celebrated their birthdays on July 9 at the Port Washington Senior Citizens Center. Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and her youngest daughter, Arianna, helped the summer birthday babies celebrate their special days.

Senior center member Mickey and center cook Maggie sing Feliz Compleanos to the summer birthday babies

Senior center member Mickey and center cook Maggie sing Feliz Compleanos to the summer birthday babies

Arianna DeRiggi-Whitton gave each birthday baby a long-stem red rose, then held the microphone for each senior to share their secret to a long, happy life. Some of the comments were “keep busy,” “stay positive,” “get regular exercise” and even, “drink scotch!”

After the celebration, everyone enjoyed a delicious hot lunch, followed by birthday cake.

Port Washington Senior Citizens Center is located at 80 Manorhaven Blvd. For more information about the senior center, call 516-883-6656.


Beat The Pro At NHCC

In June, several teams played Beat The Pro at North Hempstead Country Club (NHCC). The successful teams were: Lisa Stefan and Paula Paterno, Sue Cremins and Terry Capobianco, Gloria Grafer and Cathi Rossi, Lori Fleishhacker and Christine Whitaker, Sheila Dunphy and Mary Breen Patrick, Karen Walsh and Sara Tasady, Patty Millo and Blanche Puglisi, Mary Beth D’Angelo and Sue D’Agnes and Elaine Gargano and Toni Malafronte. Great fun for all.Beatthepro072215A


Star Athletes Visit Cancer Patients

Darryl Strawberry, Dr. Jonathan Haas of Sands Point and Evander Holyfield

Darryl Strawberry, Dr. Jonathan Haas of Sands Point and Evander Holyfield

Former major league baseball right-fielder Darryl Strawberry and retired world champion professional boxer Evander Holyfield visited Sands Point resident Dr. Jonathan Haas and his cancer patients at Winthrop University Hospital’s department of radiation oncology on Tuesday, July 7. [Read more…]