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Tours As Bond Issue Mulled

School_101714AThe Port Washington School District’s Community Facilities Bond Committee will behosting a series of public gatherings to tour each of the district’s seven schools.

The tours will provide community members with a first-hand look at the capital improvements and building upgrades the district is aiming to implement through a bond proposal.

The measure would allow the district to continue to effectively maintain, as well as enhance, its facilities for students throughout the district, a district spokesperson said.

Committee members and residents will meet in the front lobby of each school and tour the schools together. The building tour schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Oct. 15

• Manorhaven Elementary, 4 p.m.

• Sousa Elementary, 4:30 p.m.

• Guggenheim Elementary, 5:15 p.m.

• Daly Elementary, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 23

• Salem Elementary, 4:30 p.m.

• Weber Middle School, 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 28

• Schreiber High School, 4:30 p.m.

The district encourages community participation in these tours, and residents may contact the district for more information at 516-767-4940.

Port Resident Turns 100

Linda Karlon has seen and experienced a lot in her long life. Now, she is going to mark a rare milestone: turning 100.

The resident of Sands Point Center for Health and Rehabilitation will hit the mark on Oct. 14.

And Karlon is ready for many more. “It’s exciting, but it feels like it’s just another year,” she said.

As Karlon looks back over the past 100 years, she calls the computer the most significant invention of her lifetime—and she has one.
World War II was the most astounding incident to her, partially because of her German roots.

Karlon was born in Hamburg, and immigrated to the US in 1932, when, as a 17-year-old bride, she joined her new husband in Great Neck. She lived within the New York City boroughs and in Plainview until four years ago, when she moved into the center.

Karlon enjoys participating in many activities, including the ladies club, book club and painting group. She was honored when one of her paintings was selected to be featured in the 2015 NYS Health Facilities Association “Art from the Heart” calendar.

Karlon loves to spend time with family, which is nearby.

Her daughter and granddaughters live in Port, while her grandson and his family live in Manhasset.

The great grandchildren hold a special place in her heart, and with five great granddaughters who attend Sousa, Weber and Schreiber, in addition to her great grandson, who attends Shelter Rock Elementary School, she considers herself to be incredibly fortunate.

Proposed Apartments Raises Concerns

Businessman Peter Dejana wants to turn this Baxter Estates three-quarter acre parcel into senior housing, which a number of residents oppose for reasons that include appearance and extra congestion for the area.

Businessman Peter Dejana wants to turn this Baxter Estates three-quarter acre parcel into senior housing, which a number of residents oppose for reasons that include appearance and extra congestion for the area.

Peter Dejana, a local businessman and philanthropist, may soon find himself at the center of another bruising battle with a community. This time in the village of Baxter Estates.

Dejana’s company, Harbor Properties LLC, is proposing a 23 unit, four-story apartment building for the intersection of Shore Road, Harbor Road and Bayside Avenue. The structure would sit on a 0.789 acre parcel in the village and be comprised of one, two and three bedroom units for people 55 and over. It is planned that all apartments will have water views.

On the site now is a small building that has been used at various times as a bank, a village hall and now a church. Dejana has owned the property for 30 years. [Read more...]

TJ Day Celebrates Pups


Port animal-lovers rejoiced as they joined their four-legged friends along Main Street.

Shields Hardware marks its annual celebration of dogs of all kind. In addition to serving as a gathering of some of Port’s cutest residents, TJ Day—a celebration that grew out of TJ winning a calendar contest in 2011—featured face painting and tattoos (for kids), along with goodie bags for the dogs and hot dogs and popcorn. Money made from the event was given to Shelter Connection, the volunteers who train North Hempstead Town Shelter dogs so they can be adopted.

Click here for more pictures from TJ Day

Salerno Named Chief Of Police

thAfter serving as Acting Chief since May of last year, James Salerno will be promoted the 10th Chief of the Port Washington Police District.
Salerno last spring replaced Chief William J. Kilfoil, who retired after nearly 40 years of service, the last 20 as chief of police.
Salerno has been with the Port police 29 years.
His appointment was unanimously approved by the Board of Police Commissioners of the Port Washington Police District.
A swearing in ceremony will be held on Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. at Atlantic Hook & Ladder Co. #1, 25 Carlton Ave.

Step Back In Time At Country Fair

ICow_102314Et was a festive day at the Sands-Willets House, as the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society hosted an old fashioned fair that brought residents back a couple of centuries to enjoy an interlude that included yarn spinning, a petting zoo, a classic racing car and, the highlight of the day, a pie eating contest.

The pie eaters did an admirable job, making it difficult for judge Angela Susan Anton, publisher of Anton Media Group, to pick a winner.

With a little help from Congressman Steve Israel, Ashley O’Neil of Port
was declared the victor in the 12 and under group and another Port resident, Steve Stulbaum, won in the adult division. – Photos by Rich Klein

Click Here For More Photos From The Cow Neck Fair

Clean-Up At Town Dock

DSCN0539It may be drizzly, but that isn’t stopping employees from the town’s Department of Parks and Recreation from getting down to business at Town Dock. A crew was out weeding, raking and generally sprucing the area up Wednesday morning.

Gambol 2015 Committee Kick-Off


Members of the Gambol Social Events Committee include (l-r) Leda Hagobian, Mary Ann Ressa, Bridgette Hirsch, Lisa Marschall, Gambol 2015 Chair Karen Sambursky, and Social Events Chair Linda Hickey.

Gambol 2015 is revving up, holding its first social event of the year, on Friday, Oct. 10, from 7-10 p.m. at LaMotta’s Waterside Restaurant, 10 Matinicock Ave.

Join friends and neighbors in celebration of Gambol 2015. For $30 a person, an extended happy hour includes a complimentary drink, bar fare and live music by Schreiber senior parent Larry Menaker and his band “Help on the Way.”

The event is not just for parents of seniors–walk-ins are welcome.

To RSVP, or for more information, contact

Offices, Apartments For Main Street

A rendering of the proposed Main Street project

A rendering of the proposed Main Street project

One of the last remaining vacant properties on Main Street may not remain that way for long.
The owner of Whit & Whim and her husband want to turn the empty lot on lower Main—next to the Good Year auto shop and across from Manhasset Bay—into a three story building.

There would be professional offices on the first floor and six apartments on each of the two upper floors. There is no retail use proposed for the property and all parking is contained on the site.

The applicants, Port residents Laurie and Marty Scheinman, envision a top flight structure in terms of modern office space and market rate apartments. At a meeting, it was said that monthly rents would run around $1,800 for a one bedroom and $3,000 for a two-bedroom with a water view.

The couple bought the half-acre parcel two years ago for $1 million. Laurie, a child therapist, and Marty, a labor arbitrator, wanted something that “would reflect the future of Port and our lives,” Laurie said.

The last time there was talk of developing the parcel was about a decade ago, when a hotel was proposed. That proposal was shot down due to resident opposition. [Read more...]

Friends Of Library Host Sheehy

Friends_092614AGail Sheehy, author of Passages, a New York Times bestseller, returns with her inspiring memoir—a chronicle of her trials and triumphs as a groundbreaking “girl” journalist in the 1960s, who became one of the premier political profilers of modern times.

Friends of the Port Washington Public Library invite residents to meet Sheehy on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m., at the Port Washington Public Library.

[Read more...]