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Schreiber Student Visits State Senate

Joshua Curtis, a senior at Schreiber High School, recently participated in the League of Women Voters New York State Education Foundation’s annual Students Inside Albany conference. The conference is designed to increase high school students’ awareness of their responsibility in a representative government and to provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility. Students from all across the state come to Albany to learn about state government and how individual citizens can get involved in the policy making process.

Senator Jack Martins, William McNeill, Joshua Curtis, and Prajanan Senthilkumar in the Senate Chambers during their “shadowing” experience as part of the “Students Inside Albany” Conference.

Senator Jack Martins, William McNeill, Joshua Curtis, and Prajanan Senthilkumar in the Senate Chambers during their “shadowing” experience as part of the “Students Inside Albany” Conference.

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Science Award To Schreiber Student

Fagen_052715APaul D. Schreiber High School junior E. Madeline Fagen, an Intel Isef Finalist, earned a 4th Place Grand Award in Biomedical and Life Sciences at the International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, for research which she conducted at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.


Good Run Comes To An End

Schreiber varsity lacrosse team ready to play

Schreiber varsity lacrosse team ready to play

The third seeded Port Washington Vikings lost a tough one on a chilly late afternoon matchup against the second seeded Syosset Braves 14-7 when the two teams met at Hofstra University’s James Shuart Stadium in front of a hyped crowd on Wednesday, May 20. [Read more…]

Vincent Smith Gets Helping Hand

Passion and devotion filled the air on Thursday, May 14 at The Vincent Smith School, as they welcomed Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast in celebration of annual RED Day. On RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, Keller Williams real estate agents worldwide give back to their local communities in a specific, interactive way. Unlike other Keller Williams projects, RED Day allows all agents to entirely put aside their daily work and personally dedicate everything to an aspect of their communities.

John Baldi, head of the Vincent Smith School, with volunteers

John Baldi, head of the Vincent Smith School, with volunteers

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Weber Phys Ed Teacher To Retire

Francine Clark of Weber Middle School retires

Francine Clark of Weber Middle School retires

The weather is changing and the sound of the final school buzzer is looming. For Weber Middle School physical education and health teacher Francine Clark, it is time to close the books. [Read more…]

School Board and Budget Results

Results of Port Washington School District Budget Vote:

Yes: 2,126

No: 1,088

Results of Board of Education Vote:

Nora Johnson: 1,957

Lawrence Greenstein: 1,774

Elizabeth Weisburd: 1,694

David Sattinger: 1,003

James Ansel: 933

Crowdfunding Helps Local Third Grader

One of Port Washington’s third graders has been fighting a serious battle. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and is on a long road of chemotherapy and treatment. Seraphina O’Brien is being treated on an outpatient basis at North Shore-LIJ Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

The Port Washington community has provided tremendous support for her family since her diagnosis in October. FrgofundmeseraphinaAiends and staff at Manorhaven Elementary School all wore purple, her favorite color, on two separate “Port Supports Seraphina” days ( seraphina) and sent her cards, photos and posters to her to let her know that everyone is thinking about and missing her. “Seraphina is doing well and is in her last round of intensive treatment before the maintenance phase,” said her mother, Felicity O’Brien. She will be out of school for the rest of third grade but, O’Brien said, “she has been working hard to keep up on her school work to rejoin her class when she hopefully returns to school in September. Also, Seraphina is looking forward to rejoining her Irish step dancing troupe, which she does with her younger sister Catherine.”

The O’Briens have also received support from the community through crowdfunding. This is the practice of funding a project, cause or event by raising money from donors on the Internet.

“One of our friends set up a GoFundMe account for us,” said O’Brien. “I would never have thought to set it up, but it actually has been a great help to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses. So far, the GoFundMe site has raised enough to cover almost a year and a half of the anticipated three years of medical expenses.” All the money raised goes directly to the O’Brien family to cover medical expenses.

GoFundMe was launched online nearly five years ago and has become one of the top crowdfunding or fundraising sites for personal causes and life events. Hundreds of thousands of people have raised more than $900 million collectively from more than 10 million donors through the GoFundMe website.

For more information about donating to help cover Seraphina’s medical expenses, go to


Varsity Lacrosse Advances To Semi-Finals

The Schreiber High School boys varsity lacrosse team has advanced to the semi-finals in their bid for the county championship. After a 13-10 win against Oceanside in the first playoff round, they are now set to meet Syosset in the semi-finals.LacrosseSemiFinals_052015A

The Vikings’ regular season ended with a 12-3 record, putting them in third place in the Nassau County Class A Conference, their best record in more than a decade.

The team will compete against Syosset this Wednesday, May 20, in the next round of playoffs. The game kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.

The Port Washington lacrosse booster tent will be set up for a potluck tailgate. People are encouraged to bring food and drinks to share. Those attending will meet in the parking lot to the left, off Gerald Street (stadium entrance) between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., wearing Port BLUE with pride. Come to cheer and support the boys in what should be a very exciting game!


PortFest Becomes Poetic

Saturday morning, May 16 started out cloudy and rainy, but that didn’t dampen the spirit of all the Port Washington community volunteers of HEARTS, local schools, students and parents. The 4th annual PortFest was packed and filled with life. Entering Schreiber High School’s field, the delicious smells from an array of food trucks, pizza stands and Ralphs Italian Ices immediately hit you.

What’s great about PortFest isn’t just the food, or live music, or even the wonderful arts and crafts projects, but the community’s “collaborative spirit”, Michele Posner, President of HEARTS, said enthusiastically. “We all come together for the same cause of raising money for our schools.” And the community did flock to the Schreiber field. Lisa Marschall, a member of the PortFest planning committee, agreed that the “entire community from every walk of life is here. The youngest kids to grandparents are here to celebrate the arts.”PortFest_052015D [Read more…]

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

The recent campaign by the Port Washington Union Free School District for the $70-$100++ million dollar bond and the related deceptive representations and misrepresentations by the proponents, as well as the upsurge of opposition by the public (an unprecedented 47.5%) indicate the urgent need to change both the composition and hence the competence of the controlling Board of Education.

Among the candidates, Mr. Jim Ansel stands out as one individual who has the experience, expertise, competence and dedication to bring the necessary upgrade and improvements to the Board’s performance.

Hence, I urge a vote for Mr. Jim Ansel in the “BOE Election/Budget Vote” to be held on May 19, 2015.

Giulio Varsi