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Mixing Safety With Smiles

guardWatching her direct traffic to safely cross pedestrians at Port Washington Boulevard and Main Street, where 15 lanes of traffic converge, is akin to watching the conductor at the New York Philharmonic. Port Washington Police Department crossing guard Karla Bandrowski skillfully takes cues from multiple traffic lights to escort pedestrians across the busy intersection, all the while maintaining vehicular harmony.

Not only does Bandrowski have to navigate cars, trucks and bicycles coming at her from four directions, she has to endure extreme weather throughout the year. Take, for example, the unrelenting frigid temps and mounds of snow we all suffered through during the winter. How does the El Salvador native stay warm as she maintains her post for hours at a time? “In the wintertime, we wear lots of layers and drink lots of hot drinks,” she said. “Oh, and lots of moisturizer,” she added.

“I don’t like winter. I deal better with the summer, I guess because I come from a tropical country,” she said. And while she’s looking forward to a reprieve from the cold weather, the summer months bring their own set of hazards. Asked how she deals with the dog days of summer, during which heat radiates up from the pavement, she replied, “In the summertime, we get to wear light colors and shorts. [I drink] lots of cold drinks [and use] lots of suntan lotion.” [Read more...]

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Senior Center Gets $22K Boost

SeniorCenter_030714AThe Port Washington Senior Citizen’s Center recently received a $22,000 check from the Community Chest of Port Washington, with the proceeds going to help the center provide nutritious meals, opportunities for socializing and activities.

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Last Of The Red Hot Lovers Sizzles

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Photo: Tab Hauser

For three nights, Landmark on Main Street’s Jeanne Rimsky Theater suspended reality and brought itself back to the 1960’s sexual revolution with Neil Simon’s play Last of the Red Hot Lovers.

The show, produced by The Cow Bay Theatre Company and set in a small New York apartment, is about Barney Cashman, a middle aged married man who sets out to seduce three very different women. His attempts are mostly funny, with a serious injection of reality as his amorous attempts fail for different reasons. [Read more...]

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Library To Host Star Authors

authorsPort Washington’s Friends of the Library (FOL) reports that more than half the seating has already been reserved for its 45th Annual Richard Dodge Whittemore Book & Author Luncheon on Friday May 16, at 11 a.m. at the North Hills Country Club, Manhasset.

The featured speakers will be Delia Ephron, author of Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc.), a book of autobiographical essays about life, love, movies and family. Ephron will be joined by writer Kevin Baker whose historical novel, The Big Crowd, is based on a true unsolved murder in post-World War II New York. Port’s own best-selling novelist Susan Isaacs returns as moderator.

Reservation brochures are available in the Port Washington Library and printable from the FOL website at www.pwpl.org/fol. [Read more...]

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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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