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The HEARTS Red Party

The red hottest ticket in town is for The Red Party. Break out your favorite red (lipstick counts) and come celebrate with fellow Port Washington music and art lovers at The Red Party. Join HEARTS and congratulate the 2016 grant recipients. In 2016, over $55,000 will be awarded to grants that span the Port Washington Public School District. In only three years, HEARTS has awarded nearly $145,000 for arts programming in the Port Washington community.

The Red Party will be held at the beautiful Hempstead House in the Sands Point Preserve at 127 Middle Neck Rd. in Sands Point from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10 (with special thanks to Fusion Productions). Proceeds from The Red Party will benefit HEARTS’ mission to support the arts in Port Washington Schools.

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Redparty020316A Redparty020316B Redparty020316CThe Red Party will be red hot with live jazz by the Bach to Rock Staff Band, a talented professional band comprised of teachers from Bach to Rock. Utilizing years of experience as touring pros, recording artists and talented music teachers, the band plays all styles of music ranging from current and classic pop and rock to jazz, soul, classical and more. There will also be performances by some of the talented kids from Curtain’s Up (2015 and 2016 grant recipient) and by jazz duo Joey Clateman (piano) and Jordan Lerner (saxophone).

Delectable and modern petit plats will be catered by local caterer Chef for a Night. There will be wine and beer (from Vintage Grapes) and cupcakes by Crazy Cakes. Artist Michelle Shain will present “Compendia,” a watercolor exhibit to benefit HEARTS, featuring 24 original watercolor paintings that will be available for purchase. There will also be an opportunity to bid on fun and unique art and music-inspired raffles. [Read more…]

Town Seeks Lifeguards

The Town of North Hempstead is already gearing up for the summer season in its parks.

The town is seeking lifeguards to join the North Hempstead team at any one of its seven aquatic facilities. Lifeguards are able to work at indoor facilities or outside at either pools or waterfront venues. They will also have the opportunity to work up to 40 hours per week during the summer months. The positions offer a competitive salary and access to Tully Pool for swim training. [Read more…]

Bach To Rock Launches The TEEN JAM

Bach to Rock (B2R) music school in Port Washington has introduced a unique new program just for teens to jam in a professional setting with other teens. The TEEN JAM, which is made possible by a grant from HEARTS (Helping Enrich the Arts in Port Washington), is designed to provide a fun, safe, creative environment for teens who love music to meet and play together. Any teen singers and musicians ages 13 to 18 are invited to join the TEEN JAM. It’s a way for teenagers to play and write music, meet other teen musicians under the guidance of Bach to Rock’s instructors and hone their skills in B2R’s state-of-the-art facility. It’s a great opportunity for young musicians to learn from more experienced musicians and be musically creative in a fun group setting with their peers. B2R is thrilled to partner with HEARTS. [Read more…]

Synagogue Hosts Blood Drive

The Brotherhood of The Community Synagogue is holding its annual Super Bowl Sunday Blood Drive on Sunday, Feb. 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All blood collected at the drive will be used by local facilities in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties. [Read more…]

Shining Studios’ Practically Perfect Performance

ShiningShining Studios, a Long Island-based theatre organization, brings Disney and Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins to life on stage on Friday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Landmark on Main Street.

The cast is comprised of 22 aspiring actors and actresses ranging in ages from 9 to 12 from Port Washington, Great Neck and the surrounding Gold Coast towns.

Mary Poppins follows the practically perfect nanny as she teaches the Banks family how to value each other. [Read more…]

Green Appointed To Nassau Community College Board

Port resident Linda Green was appointed to the Nassau Community College Board of Trustees.

“I am pleased to welcome Trustee Green to the board and I look forward to working with her. Her experiences in educational settings will certainly inform her actions in a positive way,” said Dr. Thomas Dolan, interim president of the college.Green012716A

A lifelong educator, Green comes to Nassau Community College with more than 45 years of experience on every level of education, from elementary school teacher to college professor. She is an adjunct professor in the graduate education division at New York City’s Touro College. Previously, Green served as the principal of The Lynn Gross Discovery School in Queens. [Read more…]

Scheinman Decides Not To Run For Congress

Port resident Laurie Scheinman has decided not to run for Rep. Steve Israel’s (D-Huntington) seat
in Congress.

Israel decided not to run again in 2017 to pursue his career as an author. Scheinman is the creator of wit & whim in Port Washington, a shop that gives 100 percent of proceeds to charity. She is also a psychologist and has been very involved in the Port Washington community for many years.Scheinman012716A

Scheinman was contemplating running but announced that she would not run at this time. Scheinman said that she was seriously considering running, but “having to make a decision immediately, as all the experts told me I had to do, I decided this was not the right time to seek elected office.”

Scheinman continued, “With only three weeks from the time we all found out Steve Israel was unexpectedly leaving, I had to grapple with the responsibility of becoming a congresswoman. I felt this would be a wonderful way to serve my community and country and hopefully give a voice to so many who have told me they feel unheard. However, in good conscience, I concluded I could not immediately make the arrangements necessary and structure my life to responsibly leave my other personal and professional commitments. It was simply too short a period of time to put all of my effort into the campaign, which is my nature, without being unfair to so many people who rely upon me. Thus, I decided this was not the right time to seek the nomination to become the Democratic nominee for New York’s Third Congressional District. The support and encouragement I received during this process has been one of the highlights of my life. I will continue to do everything I can to make our community stronger, more unified and ready to face the challenges ahead.” [Read more…]

SOUPer Bowl IX

The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce invites you to come in from the cold and enjoy a warm and tasty lunch at the 9th Annual SOUPer Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 6, from noon to 3 p.m. at a new location, the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church on Fairway Drive, near the Harbor Links Golf Course, just off West Shore Road.

Sixteen wonderful local restaurants and markets will be donating their best soups for the contest and hope to be voted Port Washington’s 2016 SOUPer Bowl Champ. Visitors pay a small admission fee and are given a hand stamp and a ballot. The hand stamp allows them to sample two ounces of each of the soups donated by the restaurants. The restaurants also provide bread and crackers for the tasters. After trying all the soups, everyone gets to vote for their favorites. When the ballots are tallied, the 2016 SOUPer Bowl Champ is determined. The winner will receive the “People’s Choice Award.”

There will also be a select judges’ panel, including local celebrities and gourmets. The winner, as determined by a vote of the panel, is given the prestigious “Judges’ Choice Award.” [Read more…]

Berrent Shows Photography At Library

Friday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m., photographer and Port Washington resident Diana Berrent opens her new exhibit, Under the Banyan Trees: Glimpses of Myanmar, at the Port Washington Public Library. The exhibit is on display this month in the library’s Vogel Gallery. There will be a reception, from 2 to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 6. Pieces from the exhibit are available for purchase through Diana Berrent Photography. “Over the holidays I traveled to Myanmar and Cambodia with my husband and two children, ages 7 and 9,” said Berrent. “It’s a region of the world I first visited at the age of 16 on a community service trip that took us from living in a hill tribe village on the Thai-Myanmar (then Burmese) border to working at a refugee camp south of Bangkok. It is a region to which I have continued to return (in 1996 to Vietnam, in 2003 to Cambodia and Vietnam, in 2007 to Laos and Thailand and last time to Thailand with both children in 2013).” [Read more…]

Schein Named President Of Senior Center Board

Warren Schein (far right) was recently elected to serve as president of the Board of the Port Washington Senior Citizens Center. Jean-Marie Posner (far left) served two, two-year terms as board president and has served on the Senior Center Board for
10 years. Posner received flowers from the Senior Center to thank her for her years
of service. The Center’s Executive Director Dolores Holliday and Programming Director Dorothy Quinn (second and third from left, respectively) are pictured with Posner and Schein. [Read more…]