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PORT WASHINGTON NEWS AN ANTON MEDIA GROUP PUBLICATION • FALL 2018

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Contents 8 Letter from the Publisher

It’s autumn for Port Washington News Magazine By Angela Susan Anton

12 All Paws On Deck

North Shore Animal League America makes big changes ahead of its 75th anniversary By Jennifer Fauci

18  Table Talk

Celebrity chef David Burke heads to the Garden City Hotel By Steve Mosco

22 Dining Rooms With A View

Fine dining in Port Washington with seafaring views By Christina Claus

26 A Historical Figure

Paul D. Schreiber’s significance to Port Washington By Colleen Martin

28 Teacher Of The Year

Megaera Regan discusses her honor from New York State By Christina Claus

32  Italian Marketplace

Jennifer Tattanelli on family, fashion and a love of leather By Jennifer Fauci

39 Got Salt?

 Make a reservation at the Port Salt Cave, a local spa and wellness retreat By Kimberly Dijkstra

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44 Creative Minds

Two artists display their work at The Art Guild

By Jennifer Fauci

48 From The Ground Up

Sandmining in Port and its connection to Manhattan By Allison Eichler

54 Bay Walk In The Park

Port Washington’s new strip along the water By Elizabeth Johnson

56 Moving Forward

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington has a new name By Frank Rizzo

60 Performance For The People

Landmark on Main Street gives back to the community By Jennifer Fauci

62 A Perfect Partnership

 The Chamber of Commerce and BID harmonize the town By Frank Rizzo

66 Gala En Blanc Cover photo by Ted Lim

Sands Point Preserve’s annual charity benefit

70 A Guide To Port

A local directory to businesses and organizations

72 My Port Washington 12

Residents share why they love their town


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ort Washington has always held a special place in my heart. At a compact 5.6 square miles, it’s a special community nestled on the North Shore, of which 4.2 square miles is land; the remaining 1.4 is water that is part of the gorgeous vista that is the Long Island Sound. In this issue of Port Washington News Magazine, we share much of what makes it and the people who call it home so special. With North Shore Animal League America set to celebrate its 75th anniversary, Jennifer Fauci writes a stellar cover story detailing the organization’s new Pet Wellness Center as well as the renovation of Bianca’s Furry Friends (BFF) that is set to be completed in the spring. Frank Rizzo shines the spotlight on another major institution celebrating a notable milestone: Residents Forward (formerly Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington). Frank gives us an overview of who they are and what they do. Jennifer keeps the civic service vibe going with her piece on the Chamber of Commerce and the BID (Greater Port Washington Business District) and how they work together. Elizabeth Johnson takes us on a walk through the aesthetically beautiful Port Washington Bay Walk, which is coming up on its one-year anniversary. Elsewhere, Allison Eichler introduces us to Jennifer Tattanelli, a leather artisan with a new storefront in Port that is chock full of unique products. Allison also explores the Port Washington Sand Pits, where she points out how crucial a role they played in helping construct New York City. The high school is named for Paul D. Schreiber, but who was he? Colleen Martin shares how he wound up being such an inspiration to Port Washington. One of the more intriguing places we spotlight in this issue is the Salt Cave. Anthony Murray gives us a tour of this salt cave that serves as a spa and wellness center. As someone who loves great restaurants, we don’t disappoint in this issue, with Steve Mosco chatting up celebrity chef David Burke, who talks about his new restaurant at the Garden City Hotel and what he loves about cooking. Port Washington News editor Christina Claus also serves up dining with a view by spotlighting a number of eateries including Louie’s, Butler’s Flat and La Motta’s among others in this beautiful seaside town. Angela Susan Anton Publisher


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North Shore Animal League America celebrates 75 years of rescue with a new wellness center and expansion By Jennifer Fauci

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“ ” We’re the best at what we do. —Dr. Mark Verdino

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rom the moment you welcome an animal into your family, they become so much more than just a pet. They leave a paw print on your heart and it stays there forever. So it is unimaginable that there are hundreds of thousands of animals across the globe that are mistreated, homeless and unloved, in desperate need of saving. But in 1944, North Shore Animal League America (NSALA) became an angel and advocate for those without a voice or place to call home. As the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and shelter approaches 75 years of dedicated care and service to animals next year, NSALA has remained a leader in its commitment to saving and rehabilitating the lives of homeless animals while educating the public about the joys and responsibilities of rescue. Dr. Mark Verdino serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief of Veterinary Staff at NSALA and it is his goal to meet all the needs of furry patients under one roof. “We have a term called ‘the complete circle of care,’ it’s kind of a trademark we have. It’s what we’re really trying to provide for our patients,” says Verdino, who in addition to practicing also manages the protocols and procedures of the hospital as a whole, oversees and guides staff and improves the functions of what NSALA does. “As a nonprofit organization, we are very cognizant of the fact that there’s only so much money to go around. Seventy five years ago, no one was doing rescues on Long Island; now you can’t throw a rock without hitting anybody.” Philanthropist Sandra Atlas Bass has been a vital component in financial aid for the organization. She has been involved with more than 400 charitable organizations


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across the world throughout her life, including NSALA. “They do wonderful work and the animals always come first. I am involved with North Shore Animal League America as far as donations and anything I can do to help,” says Bass, who chairs the luncheon to raise funds and awareness for the cause. “I’ve known the Animal League since they were very small and have seen them grow beautifully.” On the medical front, the mission is two-fold: to better help patients and to bring in more revenue to continue to fund our operations, enabling NSALA to save the lives of homeless animals. The Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center was built about 25 years ago with a goal at that time being to support the organization’s rescue mission as a no-kill organization. Twelve years ago, that mission was expanded to become a community health practice and now, NSALA’s clinics see 28,000 appointments per year. “We’re a general practice, so wellness visits, vaccines, surgical procedures—with the exception of very advanced procedures—and just about everything else we do in house,” says Verdino. “I always say we’re the best kept secret in Port Washington because you don’t have to be an adopted pet to come here; many people don’t know that we’re open to the public for veterinary care.” For new rescues, the organization has a vetting process, which includes a medical intake exam to ensure the animal is up to date on shots and vaccinations and can be flagged for potential disease before it spreads to the rest of the population. The Elizabeth Freed Special Recovery Center serves as an isolation center where sick animals can be quarantined and treated, which has made a huge impact in the amount of illness seen. “I love working with the animals, but really, we’re the best at what we do,” says Verdino. “We also have the benefit of being able to provide that complete circle of care after the adoption process; we can help with training issues, medical issues that arise and for the life of that pet, we can provide high quality, affordable care.”

The Pet Wellness Center

Dr. Mark Verdino

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This past April, the ribbon was cut for the Don and Karen LaRocca Pet Wellness Center, a brand new state of the art facility offering wellness visits, annual exams, pre-surgical screenings, pre-dental work and evaluations as well as new integrative modalities such as acupuncture, laser therapy and aqua therapy through the use of a custom designed underwater treadmill. Inside, a waiting room with designated booths for each patient helps put the animals at ease as they await to be seen by the doctor. Nonslip mats on tables replace the cold metal surfaces that make animals anxious and the new building has allowed NSALA to double its capacity for clinic cases. The upstairs level is a mirror image of the main floor, and once full staffed, will be reserved for small dogs and cats. The lower level houses the rehabilitation suite with the underwater treadmill, which was designed to be level with the floor so animals can walk right in. According to Verdino, the therapy is very beneficial for post-operative patients as well as older dogs with geriatric arthritis. “We have some animals that can use physical therapy post-operatively, whether it’s stretching, range of motion or weight


Bianca’s Furry Friends

Passion with a

Actress and animal rights activist Beth Stern (Photos courtesy of North Shore Animal League America)

Purpose

bearing exercises, the benefit of working in the water helps take weight off the animal by making them semi-buoyant, relieving pressure on the affected area,” says Verdino of the recovery process to help an animal quickly build up muscle mass. While the wellness center is not free, it is very affordable and exam costs tend to be significantly lower that other places. It is also worth noting that human hospitals must be accredited, but veterinary hospitals do not, which speaks volumes for the facility and the way it is managed and run from what is offered to patients to the quality of care provided. “What sets North Shore Animal League apart from most, not just veterinary facilities but especially veterinary facilities associated with a rescue organization is that we have an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation,” says Verdino of the upper echelon of quality standards in the industry. “They rank a facility on more than 900 different criteria; everything from patient care to facilities management to continuing education of the staff. We earned that accreditation in 2016 our first time, and we just passed our two year review.”

The brand new Don and Karen LaRocca Pet Wellness Center is a state of the art facility (Photo by Alex Nuñez)

American actress, model, author and animal rights activist Beth Stern has also been a staunch supporter of the organization. As a North Shore Animal League America volunteer, national spokesperson and foster parent, her passion for furry creatures knows no boundaries. In 2014, Stern’s rescue cat served as the inspiration for her children’s book Yoda: The Story of a Cat and his Kittens about a Persian cat with a heart condition. Proceeds from the book went to support Bianca’s Furry Friends (BFF) Feline Adoption Center, a 14,000-square-foot, cagefree animal shelter at North Shore Animal League, named after the couple’s late beloved bulldog. “I am so excited. It seems like just yesterday when I started dreaming about this project with Joanne Yohannan by drawing on a napkin and now our construction has begun,” she says of the new second-story addition, which is slated for completion in spring 2019. “I’m very proud and I know Bianca would be too. I can’t wait to see the final project and watch the cats and kittens thrive.” The new construction will open up space on the first floor for more dog rescues and while this is a big change for the cats, Stern says that cats are naturally social animals and that the open, homey cat habitat will allow the animals room to explore. “We’re fortunate to be able to create a cage-free cat habitat that will allow the cats to interact and engage with each other, which can help make acclimation more seamless when they are eventually in their forever homes,” says Stern. “This environment will be state-of-the-art enrichment for them.” Using her power as a media personality and her honest, pure love of animals and keeping them safe and loved, Stern feels that it is her responsibility to be their voice and speak on their behalf. “Every living creature deserves our care but in our society, our dogs and cats become members of our family,” says Stern of the hundreds of dogs and cats that don’t have the food, shelter or affection they deserve. “It’s so easy to offer that to them and in return receive unconditional love. Interaction with pets can help children and people of all ages learn patience and empathy and compassion…and the world can always use more of that.” North Shore Animal League America has been hard at work rebranding themselves. The organization recently launched a new website as well as an online store, which according to Verdino, has everything people need for their pets from Kong toys and medication to North Shore branded products like shampoos and joint supplements.


A Simple Rescue Mission

Passion with a

Purpose

A rendering of the new Bianca’s Furry Friends slated for completion Spring 2019

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As the senior vice president of operations of NSALA, Joanne Yohannan brings an impressive 40 years of animal welfare experience to the organization. She joined NSALA in 1996 and her work is a labor of love that she finds incredibly fulfilling and rewarding. “I have the privilege of developing programs and working in all of the areas of operations to save the lives of animals,” says Yohannan, who began her career in animal welfare with the ASPCA in 1978. “I just loved the idea of saving lives and at the time, lots of animals were being euthanized due to population control. Thankfully, we’ve reached a tipping point and people in our country no longer accept the killing of animals by means of population control.” Yohannan recalls a time when no one spoke about animal shelters positively, but referred to them as a place to drop off an animal. When NSALA started doing humane relocation, putting 30 to 40,000 animals up for adoption in the early 1990s, they became a leader in the no-kill movement. “They [NSALA] stayed focused on that mission and humane relocation has become an acceptable way of saving lives. Many organizations have followed our lead, like the ASPCA in California and New York,” she says. “We are more of an adoption center than we are a shelter because we want people to feel welcome when they come here. Even if they aren’t looking to adopt, just to come here and pet an animal and spend time with them, makes a world of difference for a dog or cat. That could make their day.” The animal league takes in rescues from local shelters as well as national and international locations including Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Turks and Caicos, the Cayman Islands and Puerto Rico, most of whom are street dogs and injured animals. “I love making the connection between people and animals and I’m so privileged and blessed to be able to work with such a group of caring people and volunteers,” says Yohannan of her job. “Anything to save lives and raise awareness of the plight of homeless animals and to support us and our rescue partners as well. I’m really lucky that I get to come to a place that matters.” North Shore Animal League America is located at 25 Davis Avenue in Port Washington, NY. To learn more about pet rescue and adoption, call 516-883-7575 or visit www.animalleague.org.

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Chef David Burke recently opened two new restaurants, one of which features his Angry Lobster.

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Checking In With

David Burke

The celebrity chef reveals two new restaurants at the Garden City Hotel

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he Garden City Hotel’s reputation for pure luxury has been going strong for an impressive 145 years. And this past spring, the venerable hotel recruited a world-renowned innovative chef to elevate its dining experience to new, dynamically flavorful heights. Chef David Burke, who has helmed some of New York City’s top restaurants over the span of his 35-year career, which also includes appearances on Top Chef Masters and an induction into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, opened two new restaurants at the hotel, King Bar and Red Salt Room—with King Bar featuring new American cuisine in an upscale lounge setting and Red Salt Room showcasing the chef’s whimsical

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approach to regional and seasonal dishes. Besides being open for guests of the hotel, the restaurants also welcome walk-ins in an effort to spread the culinary message of Burke, a message that encompasses all that is pure and joyful in dining. The Port Washington News Magazine recently sat down with the chef for a serving of his culinary process.

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What made you decide to join the Garden City Hotel?

I have always been attracted to the Garden City Hotel because of its history and great reputation for quality. After visiting and realizing how strong the infrastructure and the quality of the employees were, I thought it would be a great opportunity to bring the David Burke philosophy to the hotel. The fact that the


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executive chef, Ari Nieminen, and I worked together at the River Café gave it more synergy to seal the deal.

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What was your main goal when creating the menu? What was your inspiration in curating the dining experience?

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The main goal was to offer a quality product with the David Burke creativity utilizing as much as we could from the local bounty of Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut. Also to give the local clientele a couple of different dining options; to enjoy a great higher-end dining experience at Red Salt Room; to experience a more casual setting with the same quality of food and smaller plates at King Bar without having to make reservations; to dine outside at Patio Bar. My inspiration is to create a dining experience that is unlike any other on Long Island, balancing high quality, creative and seasonal foods.

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What can eaters expect when they sit down for a meal?

They can expect to be treated well by our great management staff, while eating great quality food, in an enjoyable atmosphere.

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What are some of the challenges in creating menus? Is there a chef’s version of writer’s block? I typically will take a break with some rest and review my cookbook or my art book collection for inspiration.

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What’s your personality like in the kitchen? It is professional, but normally I am upbeat and have a mentoring personality with a dose of prankster for good measure, but it is typically all business. I can be very intense with my game face on. I refer to how a coach teaches a professional sports team.

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Slow roasted chicken is served over local corn and sweet pea risotto.

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What’s the hardest part about transferring your culinary vision to your kitchen staff? Being patient during the training process to make sure they understand the vision and why we put certain ingredients together in harmony to create a dish. Every ingredient has a purpose. The presentation of a dish is also a very important aspect in training.

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Where does your passion for cooking stem from? The passion for creativity fuels my craftsmanship and desire to continue to create and build dishes, restaurants and innovate.

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What is your favorite meal to cook for others? Family style foods, like whole roasted fish and or birds. Big platters of food. But generally speaking, Thanksgiving is one of the best holiday meals I enjoy cooking.

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Food With A View By Christina Claus

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veryone loves food. And food with an incredible waterfront view is just an added bonus. Port Washington offers a variety of restaurants with views of Manhasset Bay and Port North’s Baywalk for residents to choose from. From American and Indian food to sit-down restaurants and quick meals, residents have a plethora of lunch and dinner options to choose from.

La Parma On The Bay From La Parma On The Bay’s windows and back deck, locals can view boats passing by on Manhasset Bay as they fill up on Italian favorites. The bayside restaurant offers baked clams, fried calamari and a stuffed artichoke as hot appetizers and plenty of salad options from the La Parma to the seafood salad as cold appetizers. Locals will have a hard time choosing their main course with La Parma’s extensive menu complete with pastas in red clam sauce or ala vodka, meats like veal parmigiana, seafood from whole lobster to shrimp oreganata, chicken dishes such as chicken piccata or Francese and vegetarian specialties including eggplant rollatini and parmigiana. 415 Main Street; www.laparma.com; 516-439-4960.

La Motta’s Restaurant Catering director Nadine LaMotta Delmonte explained that when locals visit La Motta’s, they feel like they’re on vacation in their hamlet’s own backyard. La Motta’s Restaurant, features an outdoor tiki bar with live music on the weekends, an indoor bar and surrounding waterfront views. From a raw bar complete with the Flybridge, which includes a lobster tail, oysters, Little Necks, jumbo shrimp, tuna poke and crabmeat salad to a lobster roll with chunky Maine lobster meat and hook to table options such as pan-seared Atlantic Salmon, La Motta’s offers a ton of options for seafood lovers. The restaurant also boasts burgers, salads, flatbreads and more. 10 Matinicock Avenue; www.lamottas.net; 516-944-7900.


Butler’s Flat For those who want a quick bite to eat during their lunch hour or after work, Butler’s Flat is the place to stop. With an order window and outdoor seating near Capri Marina, the New England-style clam shack offers a relaxing spot to chow down on its simple menu posted on a board next to the shack window. Most of the menu, including fried clams, flounder, shrimp and scallops, lobster rolls, spicy shrimp, an oyster po’boy, cheeseburger and grilled chicken, can be made on a roll with fries or as a platter with fries and coleslaw. A stuffed quahog and steamed Littlenecks are also on the menu for seafood lovers. 86 Orchard Beach Boulevard.; www. butlersflat.com; 516-883-8330.

Louie’s Oyster Bar & Grille Since 1905, Louie’s has been serving up seafood and American style dishes with Manhasset Bay as its background. Enjoy a Port Breeze Martini filled with coconut rum, blue curaçao, melon liqueur and pineapple juice while the sun sets on Manhasset Bay as boats pull in and out of a nearby marina. Perfect for an after work cocktail or a sitdown dinner for the whole family, Louie’s boasts a raw bar with East Coast and West Coast oysters and a seafood tower filled with clams, oysters, shrimp, lobster, crabmeat and marinated seafood salad. Lobster bisque, lobster tacos, spicy tuna dip and Kobe on the Rock self-cooked tableside adorn the list of appetizers while house specialties include dishes from monkfish paccheri pasta with cherry tomatoes and a light garlic and wine broth to surf and turf complete with two lobster tails, filet mignon and creamy mashed potatoes. 395 Main St.; www.louiessince1905.com; 516-883-4242.

Nikkei of Peru Watch the breeze blow the plants of the Baywalk and kayakers launch from a table on the patio of Nikkei of Peru, a Japanese restaurant on Shore Road that offers indoor and outdoor dining. Lunch specials and maki lunches featuring two or three sushi rolls served with miso soup or salad, make Nikkei of Peru the perfect outdoor lunch spot from spring to fall. A plethora of small plates are offered from Cokio, Peruvian corn with truffle essence to Uzusukuri Nikkei Style with thinly sliced fluke with miso flakes, garlic chip and yuzu. The restaurant boasts 17 specialty rolls with three named after surrouding areas including the Port Washington roll filled with spicy King Crab, Sands Point roll full of salmon tempura and Manhasset roll complete with shrimp tempura. Nikkei also has specialty entrées for non-sushi lovers to enjoy including Arroz con Pollo, Pisco Salmon and Lomo Saltado. Nikkei of Peru is located at 55 Shore Rd.; www.nikkeiofperu.com; 516-439-4201.

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f you’re lucky, you might have a teacher that you remember fondly in the years far beyond those you spent in the classroom. It is not often, however, that a community has an educator that inspires the deep respect and admiration that Paul D. Schreiber did in Port Washington. In the summer of 1917, Schreiber was 35 years old, newly married to his wife, Dorothy, and had been principal at Port Washington High School for one year, following a four-year career at Milford High School in New York. He had also just reported to the draft board in Oneonta, and was deemed by a physician to be “fit for service” in World War I. When he received his letter calling him to duty, he was forced to leave his job, and asked his students to be kind to his replacement. As he stood at the train station with his wife, ready to depart, he saw a crowd of students and teachers walking toward

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him. Approaching him as the train was set to depart, his students said that they had sent a signed petition to Oneonta, requesting that his departure be held off until after their commencement ceremony. With only moments to spare, a student came running from the telegraph office, waving the slip of paper that contained the draft board’s approval. As the news spread throughout the station, his students lifted him up onto their shoulders and carried him off the train. “This was the most thrilling experience, I shall long remember,” Schreiber says in his memoir. This work, which is housed in the Port Washington Library, came to be after community members said they wished to know more about the man behind the name of the high school. Schreiber, who was already in his 80s when he began, finished shortly before he died in 1974. He begins his story with the death of


his father, which left him and his two siblings in the care of a stepmother, as his own mother had passed away seven years prior. He graduated from Allentown High School in 1905 and worked as an employee of a job printer, saving money to pay for college at Bucknell University. After graduating in 1912, he began working as a teacher in the Milford school district, until he made his move to the Port Washington school system. After only a few years, he became the superintendent of schools. He was credited with keeping the school district productive and intact even during the Depression. Under his direction, medical and psychological services programs developed, along with vocal and instrumental music departments. He searched for a suitable music director himself, reaching out all across the country for interested candidates. He found a winner in Paul Bergan, and for a while the music program flourished, until they could no longer afford to keep

Bergan on staff. Schreiber began his search again, bringing in whatever talent was interested until he found the right fit. In his memoir, he speaks of the accolades the band started to receive. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Port Washington was named one of The Best Communities for Music Education in the United States by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. He was a member of a variety of educational groups, and was a lifelong member of the American Legion—despite his delay being accepted, he did still serve a short stint in the Armed Forces. Even after retirement from the school district, he was recognized for his work, especially after the high school was dedicated in his name in 1958. After his passing in 1974, Schreiber left behind his wife Dorothy, daughter Matilda and sister Mary. He also had five granddaughters and two great-grandchildren. In an article written in the Schreiber Times—the student

Schreiber at his retirement dinner in 1953. (Photos courtesy of the Port Washington Public Library)

newspaper of Schreiber High School—in 1964, Schreiber tells reporter Jim Kraus, “I feel it a rare privilege to have taken part in providing educational facilities and opportunities for the children of our community. I believe the foundation has been laid for further development of educational opportunity for the youth of this generation.”


Joined by students, Manorhaven Elementary Principal Bonni Cohen (left) and physical education teacher Megaera Regan (right) display the banner the school received for winning the 2015 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award.

Regan (middle) is congratulated by Port Athletic Director Stephanie Joannon, Manorhaven Principal Bonni Cohen and Nassau Zone AHPERD representatives Jackie Beihoff and Tara Nelson in 2017.

Teaching For Body And Mind By Christina Claus “Remember, we are ladies before we are athletes,” said Megaera Regan’s basketball and volleyball coach Barbara Hoffman before each game for Manhasset High School, teaching Regan that it wasn’t just about the game, but about learning sportsmanship and manners.

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offman, along with Regan’s softball coach Fritz Mueller, who was the inspiration for the coach in the late 1970s television drama The White Shadow, inspired Regan to become a physical education teacher. Today, after starting out in the Port Washington School District in 1990 at Guggenheim with a few years at Daly, Regan teaches physical education at Manorhaven Elementary School, educating students about how physical activity is not only good for one’s physical health, but their mental health as well. “I did my student teaching at the high school level and it was fantastic, but when I was hired it was only for elementary. Once I started, there was no turning back. I love working with younger kids, watching them grow and develop from babies to kids who go

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into middle school. And they’re so excited to come to me. I don’t have to work too hard to motivate them because they really want to be there.” Throughout her years in Port, Regan cited two of her biggest achievements as being named Nassau Zone of New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AHPERD) elementary physical education teacher of the year in the spring of 2018 and being awarded New York State AHPERD elementary physical education teacher of the year in 2018. “It was very exciting and mind boggling because New York State is pretty big,” says Regan. “Ms. Regan is a beloved member of our school community,” says Dr. Kathleen Mooney, superintendent of the Port Washington Union Free School District. “Ms. Regan has implemented several new initiatives that have enhanced our physical education programs and have inspired our students. We congratulate her for receiving such a prestigious and well-deserved recognition.” While she holds those two achievements in high esteem, her other achievements and the school district’s are one and the same. Regan explained another of her significant accomplishments was Manorhaven’s two-time win of the Fit Active “Let’s Move” Active Schools Award, a sub-initiative of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign.


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Regan dancing with students. (Photos courtesy of Port Washington Union Free School District)

Three years ago, Action Based Learning consultant John Rutigliano was looking for a model school to begin training in the area and came across Port Washington. Soon after, he contacted Regan, and the Port Washington School District and Action Based Learning, kinesthetic learning strategies like physical movement to improve learning, started a partnership that began in Manorhaven and spread district-wide. “Ms. Regan is an inspiring educator, role model and colleague,” says Bonni Cohen, Manorhaven Elementary School principal. “Her leadership, creativity and dedication to our students’ well being has set the bar for physical education. She strives to continuously enhance our students’ educational experience and we are incredibly proud to have her as a part of the Manorhaven family.” Regan explained that the students fully grasp that physical activity will not only get them in shape physically, but will help them inside the classroom as well. “I think it’s a really good hook for them,” says Regan. “They make this connection and you can see a lightbulb go off. Making those connections and getting it is empowering for them.” Watching that light bulb inside

students’ heads go off is also one of the best parts about being a teacher, Regan said. She further explained that Manorhaven has a circus unit, where kids learn skills like juggling, plate spinning, unicycles and walking on stilts. Regan usually starts the unit at the end of the year and said she can’t wait to watch the fifth-graders, who are ready to finish elementary school and move onto middle school, explore the unit. “Once they start doing circus activities, they go right back to being little kids and get really excited about mastering a skill and displaying sportsmanship,” says Regan. For Regan, none of her achievements or the initiatives started within Manorhaven and the district would have been possible without the support of the Port Washington School District, she explained. “The community is fantastic because it’s a mix of everybody,” says Regan. “We’ve got people from all parts of the world. I love the diversity. As far as the district itself goes, I know teachers who have taught in the other cities and they have to use specific resources and teach a certain way. That’s not how it is in Port. We are given the freedom to teach the way we feel the students get the message and the way research shows. That’s special. It’s a great district to be working in.”

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Jennifer Tattanelli hails from a family who has been producing leather goods in Italy for generations. (Photo by Christina Claus)


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he thought of Italy typically conjures images of pizza, pasta and gelato. But for a Florence local, they think of leather and Jennifer Tattanelli. For generations, the Tattanelli family has offered handcrafted leather goods to the Italian community, but for nearly a decade Jennifer herself has taken the helm and opened shop in America with two stores in Westhampton, a Madison Avenue location and, since this past May, a Port Washington shop located at 24 Main Street. Tattanelli, who grew up living a double life with Italian winters and Hampton summers, watched one side of her family work heavily in medicine—her great-grandfather is Dr. James Ewing— and the other side work in the leather industry. Initially torn between which passion to pursue, Tattanelli ultimately decided that she would continue the fashion legacy her elders had created. “I went to school, I studied fashion, I worked in New York,” Tattanelli says. “I started slowly learning all of [my father’s business].” Now, Tattanelli employs the same handweaving techniques she grew up watching her grandmother use. “I used to sit down and watch my grandmother weave and it was just amazing to see,” she reminisced. “She weaved what is called an infinity, which is a bag that has no stitching, no thread going through; the whole bag is completely woven from the beginning to the end in a mathematical calculation.” Having learned the value of a dollar from picking up pins in the beginning of her time working at her father’s factory,

A model poses with the lush products produced by Jennifer Tattanelli.

Tattanelli has an understanding of and an appreciation for every aspect of the fashion business. From packaging shipments to cleaning the floors to designing the clothes, of course, Tattanelli made it a point to know every role that anyone working for her brand is doing. “I believe to actually be successful in your job, you have to know how to do everything. It makes me proud,” she says. “If you do it all together, we’re

going to do it better, we’re going to feel like we’re a team. If my girls have to work overtime, I’m there with them.” The designer emphasized that her team revolves around trust. Knowing and trusting the people that work for her brand and sell the product to clients inspires her to “create something that they will love to sell too.” Along with having her collections handmade, Tattanelli also offers custom

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designs in the forms of both tailoring and bespoke customization where she takes a client’s concept, sketches it out and turns it into a wearable reality. “It’s just a passion that I have to get somebody that can’t find what they want, they can’t fit in what they want, and make them smile because I was able to help them,” she mused. “I made you happy? Good, that’s what makes me happy. When I see a client that is

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smiling and is happy and tells me I made their day because I make them feel good about themselves, that’s what inspires me.” With her store locations spread far and wide across Long Island and her Italian flagship store and design studio back in Florence, Tattanelli is constantly traveling back and forth between her shops to ensure everything is running smoothly and both her clients and staff are happy. Most grateful for

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her family who supports her every step of the way, she also relies on her team to keep the spirit of her business alive. “My girls are really, really great. When you have a great team, you have to make it happen together. Yes, there is sacrifice, but there is also great pride in what you do,” she says. To shop Tattanelli’s current collections, visit www.jennifer tattanelli.it.


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Sisters Lori Ciotoli (left) and Sue Sullivan (right).

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he salt cave, which is owned by Port Washington resident Sue Sullivan, came into existence after Sullivan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. Sullivan, who worked in the corporate world for the past 26 years on the pharmaceutical side, was fired from her job after she took too long to recover. While pondering what to do next, Sullivan’s sister Lori Ciotoli, who also works at the salt cave managing the store’s boutique, heard about a salt cave from her girlfriend and thought it would be perfect for Sullivan. “The salt caves piqued my interest because I was able to take all my respiratory education and bring it to the

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Overlooking the peaceful and calming Manhasset Bay, the Port Salt Cave has been changing lives one salt grain at a time.

With A Grain Of Salt nonprescription side,” says Sullivan. The 400-square-foot cave has 22,000 pounds of salt that was imported from Poland—drawing inspiration from various caves that can be found in Krakow. “My builder [of the cave] is PolishCanadian so he actually designed the cave to look and feel exactly like the caves in Krakow, Poland, where the history of the caves all started,” explains Sullivan. “That’s where they found out they can help people who have asthma and illnesses.” The cave, which is anti-fungal, microbial, -bacterial and -inflammatory, is kept at a comfortable 67 degrees. The cave also has two water cascades that have iodine bromide in them, which are

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people can partake in from Reiki sessions also imported from Europe and are good to meditation classes to Kundalini yoga. for people’s thyroid. Sound, bath and gong healing, hypnosis “People that come in can have a variety and mediums are sometimes offered as well. of issues that they’re coming in for,” says “We’re also setting up these events for Sullivan. “Most of the time it’s respiratory people and we put them on the water taxi issues such as asthma, allergies or sinusitis. and they go across the bay and they’ll have Once we turn on the generator, we atomize dinner at one of the restaurants of their pharmaceutical salt into the air so it gets choice. So it’s becoming a whole a little cloudy in here, but you event that people are loving,” can taste the salt on your lips, says Sullivan. “People are comwhich is the anti-inflammatory ing in from Brooklyn, Queens, process.” Manhattan, Westchester and When the salt is placed into Connecticut.” the generator and goes into the The salt cave has also been air in its powdery form, it acts Himalayan salt lamps helping treat first responders like a toothbrush in one’s small and 9/11 responders, including airway, cleaning out any mucus Sullivan’s husband, who are suffering from that might be present as an example. asthma. “People with eczema, psoriasis and “My husband was a first responder for dermatitis come in and they’ll just rub the 9/11,” says Sullivan. “He was in the marine powder all over their bodies,” adds Ciotoli. division and was one of the first guys “It helps because of all the properties the down there. He got hit when the buildings salt has and all the different minerals.” came down and was knocked out and was Besides relaxing inside the salt cave, missing for quite a while. He was forced to Sullivan offers many different programs that A closer look inside the cave, which has thousands of pounds of salt imported from Poland.

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retire because of his lungs. But luckily, he comes in and works so he gets some of the benefits [of the salt cave].” According to Sullivan, the local volunteer firefighters also stop into the salt cave on a weekly basis and more so during the winter months when their asthma condition usually worsen. The salt cave’s welcoming atmosphere draws clientele from all ages ranging from 2 months to 92 years old. Plus anyone with any medical condition is welcomed inside the cave, except for those who have any type of open wounds. The salt cave also has a foot and hand detox room. “People can come in and put their feet on the hot stones and their hands on the salt stones and they just relax and it takes the toxins out of their body as well as giving back the minerals they might need,” explains Sullivan. The salt cave’s storefront is dedicated to the boutique where Ciotoli makes most of the items that are for sale.

“Sue was nice enough to let me run my business in here since I’ve been in retail for more than 30 years,” says Ciotoli, who recently departed from the company Seiko Watches. “It was a great company, but I fell in love working on the water and being in Port Washington.” Most of the things sold are organic based and natural. The salt cave’s salt lamps are one of the most popular items since it is the only natural air purifier that exists, which helps clean a room and balances its air quality. “I make a lot of the jewelry,” explains Ciotoli. “It’s leather based and has natural pearls. We also sell organic and natural soaps, natural skin care, CBD oil, which is becoming very popular as an alternative for taking medicine. Plus, we sell bamboo sunglasses and watches. So a lot of natural stuff.” The Port Salt Cave is located at 403 Main St. in Port Washington. To schedule some time in the cave, call 516-439-4820 or visit www.portsaltcave.com. The Port Salt Cave also has a storefront boutique with lots of handmade items.

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Artists At By Jennifer Fauci

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reativity comes in many forms. At The Art Guild of Port Washington—a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides encouragement, education and a forum for the appreciation of the visual arts—there is nothing but talent on display. “The Art Guild provides encouragement, education and a forum for the appreciation of the visual arts,” says executive director of the Art Guild Lisa Grossman. “We are an organization open to all people with a common goal to advance the visual arts. Our goal is to reach all who have never held a paint brush.” Of the many artists who exhibit their work at the Art Guild, Mark Isaacs and Bruce Laird share what they love most about their favorite form of expression.

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Marc Isaacs

“I have wanted to do ceramics since I was very young,” says artist Marc Isaacs. “Growing up, we had a workshop, a painting studio for my mom who was a serious painter, a darkroom and the ceramics studio, not to forget the forge in the backyard.” Isaacs grew up in Massapequa and now resides in Northport, but no matter where he is, art occupies a huge part of his everyday life. Isaacs holds an MFA degree and a teaching degree in art education. He also has his own ceramic practice, where he often collaborates with his wife, who is a Japanese flower arrangement master, by making ceramic containers for her. “In high school, I took shop classes because using your hands and working with wood and metal was a normal function for me,” says Isaacs. “A friend of mine well on the road to ceramics said ‘let’s go buy a kiln.’ For the next three years in my father’s basement, he taught me about ceramic hand building.” Now giving back as an instructor himself, Isaacs works with professors at LIU Post and children as young as preschool age where he teaches them how to use clay. He also teaches professional development classes at The Art Guild. “Hope is my chief thing,” he says, adding that as an artist, he is interested in many mediums including drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. Overall, his work is about “the connection between the creator and us.” Isaacs went through an ultra-natural religious experience in his early 20s and now it seems to be where his inspiration comes from. Isaacs’ “Superficial Monk” is on display at The Art Guild and epitomizes religious prayer in many ways. Isaacs notes that the sculpture’s head is shaped like a lens to focus on prayers and face heavenward. “At the same time, the back of his body is a set of doors that press right through him. He’s trying to hold back their pasts and how they intrude into our present. That’s his job,” he says of his sculpture.

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Left: Artist Marc Isaacs From top: Superficial Monk, Red stoneware with bronze glaze approx 24” Sentinel Gaze, Stoneware with oxides, glaze, and paint, 10.5” by 11” by 1.5” Sentinel: Interlocking, Stoneware with bronze glaze approx. 26” (Photos and artwork by Marc Isaacs)


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Having also displayed his work at The Art Guild, Bruce Laird loves to create. The artist rents his studio space in Long Island City and usually spends three or four days during the week and one full weekend day creating there. “Most of the time I am working on a few paintings, collages and drawings. The intersecting of all of these disciplines blends visual vocabularies and strengthens my work,” says Laird. “I use acrylic paints and enjoy how quickly they dry, which allows me to work at a faster pace.” Currently, Laird has been working on a series of paintings of famous people from the past and family members. He says he is intrigued when he finds “small old black and white photographs of family figures.” “Employing bolder, more

contemporary colors, I enjoy enlarging and altering these images and creating a fresh new context to the figures,” he says of giving new meaning to his finds. Laird holds a bachelors and masters degree in Fine Arts and if his schooling has taught him anything, it is that art is everywhere. “I carry a small camera with me most of the time and try to capture anything having an interesting composition, shape, shadow, form, which may later become a painting or mix of collage and painting,” he says of where he may find inspiration. The Art Guild is located at Elderfields Preserve, 200 Port Washington Boulevard in Manhasset. For more information, call 516-304-5797 or visit www.theartguild.org.

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A Shore Thing

Sandmining in Port Washington By Allison Eichler

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Steam shovel, Phoenix Sand and Gravel Company, Port Washington, N.Y., 1910 (Photo courtesy of Christian Christiansen/ Port Washington Public Library)

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Long Island, home to nearly 1,200 miles of shoreline, sits in the shadow of the city that never sleeps. Unbeknownst by many, the Big Apple rests on a foundation of sand that comes from our own stretch of Port Washington coast.

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ore than 20,000 years ago, successive glacial deposits left high-quality sand, known commercially as Cow Bay sand, on Port’s shores that were mined for the construction of New York City’s famous skyscrapers, subways, bridges and more. Since 1865, the Port Washington peninsula has offered more than 120,000,000 tons of sand through its mining projects, with a majority coming from the shores of Hempstead Harbor. The mining of sand along our shores started with the realization of its excellent quality for making concrete. With the boom in city construction during the late 1880s, concrete was a hot commodity, and having concrete of good quality was crucial in building structures meant to last a lifetime. Rather than being fine and powdery like typical beach sand, the glacially-deposited sand of Port Washington was a course mixture of grains of all shapes and sizes, making it ideal for packing together for concrete. Port’s proximity to New York City was, of course, a major convenience for both shipment distances and saving on costs. It is estimated that 90 percent of New York City sidewalks are made of concrete from Port Washington sand—think about that the next time you walk the city’s streets.


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With sandmining’s popularity, the influx of European immigrants gave mining companies a labor force to be reckoned with. Hundreds of workers hailing from countries such as Italy, Ireland, Germany, Nova Scotia, Poland, Norway and Russia helped to make the dangerous and arduous work of sandmining possible. However, workers were faced with low wages—making just $1.50 a day in 1908—and dangers like cave-ins, falling into the conveyor systems and getting hit by the transport machinery. In the earliest years of sandmining, those out on the mining operation areas dug the sand by hand and had to push wheelbarrows loaded with sand up onto planks and aboard the schooners and scows awaiting delivery into the city. Small steam boats, later to be replaced with tugs, then towed scows with about 500 tons of sand each back and forth. With many of the immigrants

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coming from a trade background, like the mechanically-minded Germans, Italian caulkers and Scandinavian carpenters, sandmining was done efficiently and swiftly, sending out 100,000,000 tons of sand to New York City alone in the 65-year span between 1865 and 1930. As the decades passed, technology developed and the mining evolved from a hand-dug and steam-transported business into a conveyor-belt, machine-operated function. By the 1960s, a standard sandmining operation was a multi-million dollar installation complete with payloaders, bulldozers, electric draglines, and washing and sorting machines that denoted 15 different grades of sand and gravel. The last company that operated a sandmining facility in these sand banks ceased all operations in 1989, with the last barges removed during the 1990s.

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Sandminers Monument Park (Photos by Cathy Bongiorno)

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Sandminers Monument Park (Photo by Cathy Bongiorno)

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The Port Washington peninsula has been forever changed by the sandmining operations that once dominated the region. What was once high hills along West Shore Road was excavated as the largest sand pits east of the Mississippi River with 50 barges traveling between Hempstead Harbor and Manhattan each day. Since then the area has been transformed into flat land that, since 1998, functions as the Harbor Links Golf Course. The area is also now home to residential units, businesses, North Hempstead Beach Park and the Sandminers Monument Park. The park is home to a life-size sculpture, designed by Florida’s Edward Jonas, of three sandmine workers overlooking a miniature replica of lower Manhattan. The monument serves to honor the many laborers who worked tirelessly shipping sand to earn a living and contributing to the development of New York City—some even giving their lives to do so. The park features one of the last surviving tunnels used during the sandmining era and contains a piece of conveyor used in one of the washer systems.


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Where Bayview Colony and Manhasset Bay Yacht Club now stand was once one of the oldest company-owned sandmining operations in the late 1860s. In Soundview Village especially, mining was extensive and sand was conveyed to barges on Sheets Creeks. Manorhaven’s

sandmining started in 1986 and underwent tunnel construction under Sands Point Road to transport sand. About 16 barges left for Manhattan from Manorhaven on a daily basis, delivering sand that would be used for the construction of New York City’s first subway system. Lions Field and Harbor

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Bay Walk Park And Nautical Art Museum

Realizing paradise on the north shore By Elizabeth Johnson So many wonderful songs have been inspired by waterfronts including “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay,” by Otis Redding. The easy rhythm and flow of the water makes people want to come walk, dream and live the reality of the waterfront community on Manhasset Bay. The two-mile stretch of Bay Walk is lush and inviting and when you are sitting outdoors at Nikkei of Peru enjoying Asian Fusion, or dining at La Piccola Liguria to enjoy the Italian specialties, you feel as though you have been transported to a tropical paradise with an azure sea and yachts in the background. Simply, lifestyles of the rich and famous.

Bay Walk Park was a dream that began with a vision—a unique vision from some talented individuals. The land, which was once the site of an oil transfer station,took more than a decade to be transformed into the magnificent Bay Walk Park and Nautical Museum in the Incorporated Village of Port Washington North. It was formally


opened in July 2017. The project was so massive it had to be accomplished in two phases. The excitement shows in Mayor Bob Weitzner’s face every time he speaks about the Bay Walk and the monumental effort that began in 2003 that made the dream a reality. “It’s amazing to think that 14 years ago, a Bay Walk Steering Committee was formed of government officials, stakeholders and residents of this wonderful hamlet to figure out what we could do with 1.5 acres of this wonderful property,” said Weitzner at the ribbon cutting. “Many said we would never get a consensus to make this happen, but they were wrong. We’ve spent the past 14 years planning, raising funds and finally constructing

this magnificent park. We are proud to turn it over to the Port Washington community.” There was so much to think about. There is an amazing Nautical Art Museum which includes Lyman Whitaker’s three kinetic art sculptures of double helix sails flanked by two meridians, and Aaron Morgan’s stained glass sculpture depicting the history of yacht clubs along Manhasset Bay. The motivation of the artists to create these awesome sculptures was aided and abetted by the efforts of the committee providing the materials necessary to build this memorial for the residents of Port Washington. The art and the beauty draws people to the peninsula encouraging walkers, joggers, bicyclists and boaters to come and visit and makes them never want to leave.

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Different Name, Same Aim Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington was born in 1968 and recently transitioned to its new identity, Residents Forward

By Frank Rizzo The name that says it all has been retired. Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington is now so called Residents Forward, but whatever the moniker, it will be the same vehicle for a cohort of engaged citizens who—in the words of its website—“keep boosting the beauty and vibrancy of our town by continually improving our public spaces, making them more visually attractive, cleaner, and more usable, [and keeping] the town aesthetically pleasing and environmentally safe.” The current leadership, led by Board of Directors Chairman Curt Trinko, and staff, led by Executive Director Mindy Germain, is carrying on the original vision of a small group to discuss the state of their hometown. At that first meeting, they created an environmental action group that has grown into a sophisticated operation that, to paraphrase one of its mottoes, “saw problems, took action and made progress.” Residents’ programs encompass three main areas: beautification and pride; environmental education and action; and advocacy.

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From planting hundreds of flowers and sponsoring outdoor movies to engaging in long-term plans that encompass community-wide projects, Residents has an impressive list of successes to its name. Its efforts began to bear fruit in the late ’80s and early ’90s, when it stopped the creation of a garbage incinerator (now the site of Harbor Links golf course) and also helped to remove 93 barges from Hempstead Harbor. In 1992, the organization won an EPA award for its role in closing the Beacon Hill landfill. On Residents’ wish list, according to Germain, is extending the Harbor Trail all the way to Roslyn, implementing Phase 2 of Main Street Revitalization with new sidewalks and parking improvements, and revitalizing Sunset Park into a showcase waterfront destination. She says these are all “advocacy efforts that involve collaboration with the town and community partners. We are extremely collaborative and team oriented. We sit on a lot of town advisory and steering committees for projects such as Main


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To safeguard the town’s drinking water, Residents formed an Aquifer Protection Committee in 1999 that grew to become the Western Nassau County Aquifer Committee. It is comprised of elected officials, water suppliers, engineers and environmentalists. Residents

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upcoming gala on November 3, supporting the Youth Climate Summit, which honors youth activism in Port Washington, the theater serves and recognizes generations of engagement in public life, Landmark is about one thing: community. “The unifying theme is using the resources to bring community to the performing arts and performing arts to the community,” says Mogul, noting that the Community Chest gives a grant to Landmark as support, providing free tickets to people who cannot afford to come to concerts. Some well-known performers who have taken the stage at the Landmark include Arlo, Darlene, Max Weinberg, Laura Benanti, Richard Shindell of Cry Cry Cry and Roger McGuinn of the Byrds. “I have never felt as much a part of the community as I do here at Landmark,” says Mogul, who has been a 30-year resident of Port Washington. “I get up on the stage before every show, welcome the audience and thank the people who made it possible.” Landmark is located at 232 Main Street, Port Washington, NY. For upcoming concerts and events, call 516-767-6444 or visit www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.


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“As the executive director, and only employee of the Chamber of Commerce, I am responsible for carrying out the policies of the Chamber as directed by our board of directors,” says Polay, whose responsibilities include organizing special events, partnering on projects with other community organizations and local government officials and publishing and distributing a 96-page directory of all businesses and organizations. “I am also responsible for updating our website with information on new businesses and community events, maintaining the financial records, doing publicity and marketing, and much more.” The mission of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce is to promote the Port Washington community and the interests of its businesses. With more than 250 members, the Chamber advocates for the business community with government officials and other organizations year-round. “Our success is due to the dedicated board of directors and other volunteers who donate their time, talent

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and resources to achieving our mission,” says Polay, who is herself, an integral part of the community. “I love working with the people of Port Washington. It is a privilege to know so many dedicated business owners, officials, community organizers and volunteers who so generously help make our community such a very special place.” In 1996, the Chamber formed the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District (BID). According to Polay, most of the effort was done by past-president Roy Smithheimer, with help from other Chamber board members. The BID is a taxing district in the Town of North Hempstead that receives revenue from a tax on businesses within the district. “The Chamber‘s revenues come only from member dues and fundraising,” says Polay. “The Chamber and the BID have similar goals to promote and advance the business community. We, therefore, work together on a number of projects that include Port Holiday Magic (with Residents Forward), Small Business Saturday, HarborFest, litter campaigns, etc.” Speaking further on the partnership that is enjoyed through both organizations is Paul Oleksiw, the president of the BID. “The BID is not about one person, it’s about a group’s accomplishments,” he says of the board of directors, which is made up of property owners, business owners and three Town of North Hempstead appointees. “The board members are a group of hardworking, dedicated professionals with the drive and focus of overall improvement of our Business District and Port Washington.” Of that drive, Oleksiw says it is truly high at board meetings where the environment is always “productive, fun, sometimes, loud but always courteous.” He adds that the meetings allow for successful brainstorming, project creations, plan implementation and

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ultimately gratifying results. “All board members as well as our executive director, whether they are past or present, deserve credit for being instrumental with helping improve Port Washington’s Business District and way of life,” says Oleksiw. If there is anyone who knows how involved the BID it is Mariann Dalimonte, who serves as the executive director of the BID. “If the BID didn’t exist, so much would not take place in our community,” says Dalimonte, listing the Welcome to Port Washington sailor banners and tote bags for boaters visiting the area, the flowering hanging baskets during the summer on Main Street and along Port Commons, snowflake decorations for winter and corn stalks for the fall, the Keep Port Clean crew and free networking events among a laundry list of other responsibilities. “The BID also provides grants for businesses to apply for if they are new businesses or if they need help

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Upcoming Chamber / BID Events Restaurant Week—October 7 through 14 Experience dining in Port by eating out at local restaurants. Participating restaurants will offer a $25 three-course prix fix menu for guests throughout the week. include Chief Graphix, Schmear Bakery & Market, Sylvan Learning Center, Tiny Sparkles and more. “Both organizations—the Chamber and BID— encourage shopping local and through networking, we encourage local businesses to use each other for referrals and natural business partners,” says Dalimonte of how the two work together to continue to make Port Washington the very best it can be. For more information on the Chamber of Commerce and Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District, visit www.pwcoc.org or www.port washingtonbid. org.

Halloween on Main—October 27 Returning after a few year hiatus, Halloween on Main is back. The event will take place at 12:30 p.m. at 329 Main Street (Sunset Park). Bach to Rock will perform from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and then the BID will hand out trick or treating bags to the first 300 children who attend. Trick or treating will then follow on Main Street.

Small Business Saturday—November 24 Support small business and shop locally throughout Port Washington.

Port Holiday Magic—November 24 Returning for the first time in two years is Port Holiday Magic, which will occur on Nov. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be a trolley on Main Street from Port Commons to the Town Dock bringing shoppers to all sections of Main Street to shop local. Main Street will have costume characters, strolling carolers, cotton candy, popcorn and, of course, Santa, who will be riding the trolley handing out candy canes.

SOUPer Bowl—February 2 The Saturday before the Super Bowl belongs to Port Washington. Local restaurants are asked to donate their best soups and invite the public for a taste test as they vote for their favorites. The winner of one of the most popular foodie events on Long Island is declared Port Washington’s SOUPer Bowl Champ.

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White Hot Sands Point Preserve Conservancy holds its annual summer white party

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he White Party, A Benefit for Education” was yet another successful and sold-out affair at Hempstead House on the former Gould-Guggenheim estate as the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy held its popular annual summer garden party on August 16. Invitations encouraged guests to dress in summer white, so the 300 guests heeded the call, wearing their finest attire, including a wide assortment of hats. Honorees this year were Amrit Sethi, conservancy board member and founder and director of the Happy Montessori School in Port Washington, along with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County. “I am thrilled to be able to support educational programs at the beautiful Sands Point Preserve,” says Sethi, who founded her school in 1970 in order to provide quality education to young children. “We are very fortunate to have people who have given their time to take care of the preserve and who are creating such thoughtful and engaging programs for people of all ages.” An exciting addition to the preserve this year is a new organic vegetable “demonstration” garden to be used as a teaching resource. The 2,000-square-foot space contains 12 raised beds

and includes a section dedicated to a planting methodology called “square foot gardening” that uses fewer resources than traditional single row gardening. The garden is the brainchild of Conservancy chair Karli Hagedorn, who created its design and is the underwriter for the project. The conservancy entered into a much appreciated collaborative arrangement with the Cornell Cooperative, which made the garden a “priority project of the season.” The conservancy thanks its longtime friends Calabrese & Sons Landscaping in Port Washington for constructing the space and Butch Starkie of Starkie Brothers Garden Center in Farmingdale for his donation of the organic plants. Beth Horn, managing director of the conservancy, expressed gratitude to all of the parties involved in bringing the new garden to the preserve, thus extending the range and depth of programming offered by the conservancy. “All of our education programs for children age 2 through eighth grade are based on New York State Common Core Standards, so they are true enrichment for classroom study,” says Horn. “At the preserve, we connect children with their environment for experiential learning—beyond what they encounter in schools, and away from their cell phones and computers.”

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White Hot Proceeds from the annual event help fund the conservancy’s education goals, including after-school programs for students in preschool through eighth grade, horticultural programs at the organic vegetable garden, school visits for curricular enrichment, programs for individuals with special needs and family and adult nature programs. The evening started with a VIP cocktail hour at the new organic vegetable garden, which enabled guests to meet and talk with Master Gardener g able dinin Farm-to-t and Certified Square Foot Instructor Reese Michaels. A sunset dinner followed at the Hempstead House Rose Garden, overlooking Hempstead Harbor. This year’s farm-to-table locally-sourced buffet dinner was catered by Philip Stone and sponsored by Dr. Lyle Leipziger, Chief, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at NSUH-LIJ. Michael Douglass of Post Wines & Spirits in Syosset graciously served as purveyor for the event’s wines and cocktails. Jazz and dance music throughout the evening was provided by DJ Sal Scott. The White Party is one of several events held throughout the year by the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy to support its education goals. Upcoming events include “Vampires through the Ages,” an immersive theater experience to mark Halloween 2018. For more information about the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy, its mission, its programs and future events, visit www.sandspointpreserveconservancy.org.

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A local directory to schools, services and government officials in the Port Washington area. SCHOOLS Paul D. Schreiber High School 101 Campus Drive Port Washington, NY 11050 516-767-5800 www.portnet.org/schreiber

Guggenheim Elementary School 38 Poplar Place Port Washington, NY 11050 516-767-5250 www.portnet.org/guggenheim

South Salem Elementary School 10 Newbury Road Port Washington, NY 11050 516-767-5400 www.portnet.org/salem

Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School 52 Campus Drive Port Washington, NY 11050 516-767-5500 www.portnet.org/weber

Manorhaven Elementary School 12 Morewood Oaks Port Washington, NY 11050 516-767-5300 www.portnet.org/manorhaven

Vincent Smith School 322 Port Washington Boulevard Port Washington, NY 11050 516-365-4900 www.vincentsmithschool.org

John J. Daly Elementary School 36 Rockwood Avenue Port Washington, NY 11050 516-767-5200 www.portnet.org/daly

John Philip Sousa Elementary School 101 Sands Point Road Port Washington, NY 11050 516-767-5350 www.portnet.org/sousa

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LIBRARY Port Washington Public Library 1 Library Dr. Port Washington, NY 11050 516-883-4400 www.pwpl.org

CHAMBER Port Washington Chamber of Commerce 329 Main Street Port Washington, NY 11050 516-883-6566 www.pwcoc.org

FIRE DEPARTMENT Port Washington Fire Department 423 Port Washington Blvd. Port Washington, NY 11050 516-883-2200 www.pwfd.com

Director: Keith Klang

Copresident: Warren Schein Copresident: Mitch Schwartz 1st Vice President: Debbie Greco Cohen 2nd Vice President: Anne Arter 3rd Vice President: Catherine O’Neill Secretary: Katherine Crean Treasurer: Kathy Levinson Executive Director: Bobbie Polay

Chiefs Chief of Department: Bryan Vogeley 1st Assistant Chief: Thomas Golden 2nd Assistant Chief: Brian Waterson Board of Directors Chairman: Christopher M. Bollerman Vice-Chairman: Michael Tedeschi Treasurer: Scott R. Werner Jr.

WATER DISTRICT Port Washington Water District 38 Sandy Hollow Rd. Port Washington, NY 11050 516-767-0171 www.pwwd.org Commissioners: Chairman: David R. Brackett Secretary: Peter Meyer Treasurer: Mindy Germain Superintendent: Paul J. Granger, P.E.

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St. Peter of Alcantara School 1321 Port Washington Boulevard Port Washington, NY 11050 516-944-3772 www.stpeterspw.org The Happy Montessori School of Port Washington 40 Pleasant Avenue Port Washington, NY 11050 516-883-1131 www.happymontessori. wixsite.com/website

Secretary: Robert J. Kropacek Staff Department Fire Prevention Officer: Patrick Saccoccia Department Chaplain: Charles Vogeley

POLICE DISTRICT 500 Port Washington Blvd. Port Washington, NY 11050 516-883-0500 www.portwashingtonpd. ny.gov Board of Police Commissioners: Thomas R. Rice Angela Lawlor Mullins Dave Franklin


Port Washington VILLAGES/ INCORPORATED VILLAGES PORT WASHINGTON NORTH 3 Pleasant Avenue Port Washington, NY 11050 516-883-5900 www.portwashingtonnorth.org Mayor: Robert Weitzner Village Clerk: Palma Torrisi Deputy Village Clerk: Linda Kropacek BAXTER ESTATES Village of Baxter Estates 315 Main Street Port Washington, NY 11050 516-767-0096 www.baxterestates.org Mayor: Nora Haagenson Deputy Mayor: Charles Comer SANDS POINT 26 Tibbits Lane Sands Point, NY 11050 516-883-3044 Board of Trustees Mayor: Edward A.K. Adler Trustee and Road Commissioner: Katharine M. Ullman Trustee and Police Commissioner and Chief Emergency Manager: Marc Silbert Deputy Mayor, Trustee & Building Commissioner: Lynn R. Najman Trustee, Finance, Treasury Commissioner and Emergency Manager: Peter A. Forman

Advisor to the Board & Water Commissioner: Daniel Scheyer Village Staff Village Clerk: Liz Gaynor, CMC, RMC Treasurer: Kathleen Notaro Supt. Building Department: Stephen Rusnak Building Coordinator: Joanna Palumbo Billing and Court Matters: Bonnie Davison General Information: Colleen O’Neill FLOWER HILL 1 Bonnie Heights Road Manhasset, NY 11030 516-627-5000 www.villageflowerhill.org Mayor: Robert McNamara Trustees: Frank Genese Randall Rosenbaum Gary Lewandowski Brian Herrington Jay Beber Kate Hirsch Village Administrator: Ronnie Shatzkamer Village Treasurer: Suzanne Tangredi Court Clerk: Ann Lauria-Smith Secretary: Susan Williams Building Inspector: Drew Lawrence

Code Enforcer: Robert Rockelein Superintendent of Highways: Richard Falcones Village Architect: Peter Albinski Registrar of Vital Statistics: John Walter MANORHAVEN 33 Manorhaven Boulevard Port Washington, NY 11050 516-883-7000 www.manorhaven.org Mayor: Jim Avena Deputy Mayor: Priscilla von Roeschlaub Trustee: Rita Di Lucia Trustee: Ken Kraft Trustee: John Popeleski Village Clerk-Treasurer: Sharon Natalie Abramski, RMC, CMC Village Attorney: Jonathan Fielding, Esq. GREATER PORT WASHINGTON BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT 329 Main Street Port Washington, NY 11050 516-883-8890 www.portwashingtonbid.org

Treasurer: Deirdre M. Heapps Executive Director: Mariann Dalimonte Directors Halime Berkay Hon. Dina M. De Giorgio William Haagenson, DVM Susan Zemser-Israel Annette Oestreich Talin Eshaghoff Sarraf Hon. Robert Weitzner TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD 220 Plandome Road Manhasset NY 11030 516-869-6311 www.northhempstead.com Supervisor: Judi Bosworth Councilmembers: Viviana L. Russell Peter J. Zuckerman Angelo P. Ferrara Anna M. Kaplan Lee R. Seeman Dina M. De Giorgio Receiver of Taxes: Charles Berman Town Clerk: Wayne H. Wink, Jr.

President: Paul J Oleksiw Vice-President: Steven Avazis Secretary: Scott Weil O.D., P.C.

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Dave Kerpen, Board of Education Trustee My relationship with Port Washington was truly “love at first sight!” My first time to Port Washington was for Harborfest in 2008. My wife Carrie and I were amazed at how warm and friendly everyone was. I still remember our conversations with the folks at the RSNS booth (a synagogue we would end up joining) and at the Landmark on Main Street booth (where we have since been to many shows and been sponsors of the incredible work they do for this community). We had a terrific day at Harborfest and began house-hunting in Port soon thereafter. Ten years later, my love affair with this town continues. It is a vibrant, diverse, caring, unique place. We’ve got #PortPride for sure!

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ort Washington boasts a plethora of qualities, from its proximity to New York City, with views of the skyline from a boat trip in Manhasset Bay, to its location on the waterfront, with views of the sunset hitting the harbor from the docks in North Hempstead Beach Park. But Port Washington is more than just its 45-minute ride into the city and its waterfront views; its about the community feeling residents get as they walk around their hamlet. From the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce Bobbie Polay to Mayor of Baxter Estates Nora Haagenson, residents share the memories they’ve made and what they love about Port.

Bobbie Polay, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director I love Port Washington for its physical beauty, and being able to enjoy views of the waterfront in each of its seasons. But mostly I love the people. In the 43 years I have lived here, I have met so many warm and caring people. I receive a friendly welcome in the local stores, and have the privilege of working with the community’s many volunteer residents and business owners who give their time and talents to making Port Washington such a special place.

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Brandon Kurz, Port Youth Activities Executive Director My favorite Port Washington memory is playing sports after school at the St. Peter’s playground. I grew up in Beacon Hill so St. Peter’s was right down the block from my house. I’d ride my bike to the playground with my baseball glove on the handle bars and tennis balls in the spokes of my wheels, hoping to see other kids that wanted to play baseball, stickball, basketball or football. If there was nobody around, I’d throw the ball up against the wall or shoot hoops by myself. Every time I pass by now, I think about how much fun I had on that playground with my buddies. I can still hear my parents yelling from Hampton Court that it was time for dinner. The best part is that the friendships I made on that playground, I still have today—the sandlot boys of Port Washington.

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Nora Haagenson, Baxter Estates Mayor I love Port Washington. It is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan, diverse town with a wonderful setting and great people living here who come together to help one another in times of need and enjoy the beauty of this special area. My fondest memory is watching the children ice skate on Baxter’s Pond with hot chocolate ready for them and my son and his friends building a raft when they were young and sailing on Manhasset Bay.


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