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					                   PROBLEMS SEEN
                   AC T I O N S TA K E N

                                                                                                                                                                                   branching out
                                                                       rooted in
                   PROGRESS MADE
                           by Joan G. Kent

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TIMELINE 40YEARS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Residents historic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                map of Por t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  •   Residents works with                                      Peninsula celebrates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      builders, developers and Town                             Bicentennial
                                                                                                                                       Residents suppor t-                                                            to find more solutions to vari-
                                                                                                                                       ers distribute infor-                                                          ances requested at PIP
                                                                                                                                       mation on Station                                                          •   Study launched to locate sites
                                                                                                                                       Plaza Green Up                                                                 for low-income housing in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Port Washington
                                                          •   Town applies to Army Corps of                                                                                                                       •   Residents and Port’s BOE
                                                              Engineers for permission to dump incin-                                                                                                                 request $9,500 Federal Grant
                                                              erated garbage in Hempstead Harbor                                                                                                                      for high school environmental
•   Residents incorporates                                •   With limited financial resources,                                                                •   Town announces that 167-acre                       education program
•   Founders include First President Myron                    Residents fights Town’s application (two   •   Residents Railroad Station Plaza Replanting           Planned Industrial Park (PIP) will             •   Residents issues Historic Port
    Blumenfeld, Future Presidents Susie Basser,               years later, federal government rules          Project, cooperative effort with Town                 be erected on Port Washington                      Washington Map as fundraiser                                •   Ernie Simon Tree Fund pays
    Betty Forquer, Eric Pick and Renee                        against proposal)                              and LIRR, is completed                                Sand Pits site                                                                                                     for extensive tree planting
    Greenspan                                                                                            •   Nassau County agrees to plant 100 trees
                                                                                                                                                               •   Residents members include 600                                                                                      along Port Blvd
                                                                                                             in Main St business section                           Port families                                                                                                  •   Residents establishes Sand
                                                                1970                                     •   Residents publishes a booklet titled The
                                                                                                                                                               •   Residents introduces Manhasset Bay                               1976                                              Mining Fund to finance legal
                                                                                                             Challenge of the Sand Pits                            Shoreline plan at annual meeting                                                                                   and other expert services
       1968                                                                                                                                                    1974
                                                                                                                  1972                                                                                                                                                                 1978

                                                                     1971                                                           1973                                     1975
Residents:                                                                                                                 •   Residents warns Port                                                                                          1977
                                                                                                                               Washington of potential                  •   Residents meets with Port Washington
• Campaigns successfully for new                                                                                               threats posed by proposal                    Police Chief about anti-littering campaign              •   Court gives Town until
   Town anti-litter ordinance                                                                                                  for expansion of LILCO                       and enforcement                                             1978 to continue operation
• Presents designs for new LIRR                   Residents Newsletter offers                                                  plant on Hempstead Harbor                •   Residents recommends that 1000 acres                        of Roslyn Incinerator
  Plaza layout to Town Supervisor
• Promotes tree planting at renovated             these Organic Living Ideas for                                           •   Residents joins League of                    known as Port Washington Sand Pits and
                                                                                                                               Women Voters and Audubon                     adjoining 500 acres be used as wild life
  gasoline service stations                       the 1970’s                                                                   Society in objecting to pro-                 preserve and open-space recreation areas
• Serves as community watchdog at                 • Take brown bags back to super-                                             posed sale of Town-owned
  Town board meetings                               market for reuse                                                           underwater lands to private
• Advocates successfully for estab-                Recycle kitchen scraps in compost                                           interests
  lishment of Town Planning Board                   heap or bury in garden to enrich soil
• Works to get LILCO to put utility               • Bring coffee mug and skip
  wiring underground                                Styrofoam cups
                                                  • Avoid wrapping presents
                                                  • Purchase beverages in returnable                                                                                                                                                                          Student helps
                                                    bottles                                                                                                                                                                                                   Residents plant
                                                                                                                     Residents receives help of TURN                                                                                                          trees at high
                                                                                                                     (Taxpayers United for Recycling)                                                                                                         school
                                                                                                                     in its anti-incinerator campaign.
                                                                                                                     Shown: Ellen Markowski,
                                                                                                                     Residents first Executive Director
                                                                                                  Por t Washington businessman
                                                                                                  Charles “Bucky” Walker gives
                                                                                                  board member Esther
                                                                                                  Margolius check for tree fund

                                                          •   Residents plans legal challenges to
                                                              construction of 990-ton-per-day mass-
                                                              burn garbage incinerator on Sand Pits                                                                                                                       •   Town conveys Sheets Creek wetlands to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Village of Manorhaven for portion of                     •   Residents monitors landfill clean
                                                          •   Revamped park adjacent to Harbor                                                                                                                                shoreline walkway, sponsored by Residents                     up with aid of Technical Assistance
                                                              Homes dedicated to Alvan Petrus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          •   Superfund clean up of Port Washington L4                      Grant (TAG) from EPA
                                                                                                                  •   Residents speaks out at DEC hearings                                                                    landfill gets underway                                    •   Trees and shrubs planted at South
                                                                                                                      about incinerator construction                                                                      •   For 8th year, Residents distributes educa-                    Bayles Ave, LIRR parking lot and
                                                                                                                  •   Residents anti-litter campaign continues            •   Richard Kessel appointed ombudsman              tional grants to Port schools                                 Willowdale Bridge
•   Residents backs Town’s denial of variance of                        1987                                      •   Tree Committee Chairperson Esther                       to North Hempstead landfill by Gov          •   Residents adopts Stannards Brook Park, a
    age and residency restrictions for Golden                                                                         Margolius reports that $2000 project to                 Mario Cuomo                                     wooded area between Carlton Ave and
    Age condo development on lower Main St                                                                            prune and feed trees along Port Blvd and            •   Landfill closed to solve hydrogen sulfide       Charles St, and plans cleanup and amenities
                                                                                                                      Main St will soon be completed                          emission problem                            •   93 abandoned barges removed from
•   Residents commissions study of future
                                                                                                                                                                          •   Residents Beautification Committee              Hempstead Harbor
    development of Sand Pits site
                                                                                                                                                                              recommends renovation of LIRR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   1993                                                 1995
               1983                                                                                                               1989                                                1991

                             1986                                                    1988                                                       1990
                                                                                                                                                                                                 1992                                             1994
                                                                                                                              •   Ben Zwirn, mass-burn incinerator    •   Working with Beacon Hill and
           •   Town proposes a resource recovery                                                                                  opponent, is elected Town               Monfort Hills civic associations,               •   Debt encumbered on Sand
               facility, including new incinerator, for
                                                                         •   Town buys 487-acre Sand Pits tract
                                                                                                                                  Supervisor                              Residents convinces County to close                 Pits property reaches $60 mil-
                                                                             for $33.2 million as location of
               part of Sand Pits site                                                                                                                                     Beacon Hill landfill to further                     lion and Town seeks buyer
                                                                             mass burn incinerator                                                                                                                                                                          •   Residents questions viability of Town’s plan
           •   Residents urges that Sand Pits land                                                                                                                        dumping                                         •   Residents propose park,                           to construct 700 senior lifetime-care resi-
               be used for public and open spaces,                                                                                                                    •   Residents President Bob Youdelman                   including golf course, for Sand                   dences on Sand Pits property
               including regional park                                                                                                                                    receives Environmental Protection                   Pits site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            •   Town Board of Zoning and Appeals denies
                                                                                                                                                                          Agency award                                    •   Town authorizes Port                              McDonald’s permit to open fast food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Washington Heights Historic                       restaurant at Main St, Port Blvd corner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          •   Residents announces plans to
                                                                                                                                     Co-presidents Cur t Trinko (L)                                                           develop two-acre open space,
                                                                                                                                     and Bob Youdelman (R) and                                                                including park, on land adjoin-
                                                                                                                                     Chairman Mike Blumenfeld                                                                 ing Main Street School
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  President Rick Krainin and
                                                                                                                                     (C) study parking problems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  son enjoy fire truck at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Residents annual Par ty in the
                                 educating our                                                                                                                             children
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and our community
                                                                                                                            •   Concern about over-development                                                Friends, family and elected
                                                                                                                                leads Village of Port North to order                                          officials gather for dedica-
    At last, thanks in par t                                                                                                    environmental impact studies of all                                           tion of Barbara Johnson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Residents-inspired renova-
    to Residents effor ts,                                                                                                      sizeable tracts of land within its                                            Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         tions at Town Dock include
    reconstruction of busy                                                                                                      boundaries                                                                                                                                               extensive plantings, new
    Harbor Road begins                                                                                                      •   Plan for 327-unit senior citizen                                                                                                                         walkway and plenty of
                                                                                                                                housing development on undeveloped                                                                                                                       benches
                                                                                 •   Due to concern about water                 40-acre parcel in Port North raises
                                                                                     usage, Residents brings two suits          questions
                                                                                     against Town over development of       •   In cooperation with Residents,Town
                                                                                     Sand Pits property                         completes first stage of Town Dock
                                                                                 •   Residents dedicates proceeds of            renovations, including new benches
                                                                                     annual Gala (honoring Residents            and plantings                                                                                                                                                       •   Residents and School District spon-
                                                                                     President Mike Shodell and his         •   6th annual Party in the Park, hosted           •   Residents establishes environmental science                                                                          sor forum on global warming
                                                                                     wife, Elly) for landscaping library                                                           program for Port’s 3rd grade students
•   Town Dock beautification                                                                                                    by Residents and Parent Resource
                                                                                                                                                                               •   Working with Town and grant money from                                                                           •   Additional parking for commuters,
    recommended by Residents is                                                      grounds                                    Center, draws large crowd to Main                                                                                                                                       shoppers and businesses is number
    underway                                                                     •   Residents prods County to remove           Street Park                                        Dot and Ed Slade, Residents develops beauti-                                                                         one concern emerging from
                                                                                     billboard-covered bench on Main St                                                            fication plan for Mill Pond                                   •   Residents favors Town taking over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        visioning process led by Town and
•   First Party in the Park held at                                                                                         •   Residents plants 20 new trees on
                                                                                                                                                                               •   At Residents annual Gala, founder Myron                           County’s Hempstead Harbor
    Main Street Park (now Blumenfeld                                             •   Upgrading of Harbor Rd begins              Main St with grant from Hagedorn
                                                                                                                                                                                   Blumenfeld is named Chairman Emeritus,                            Beach Park and joining it with Bar                 Residents
    Family Park) adjacent to Landmark                                                after decade of complaints from            Foundation                                                                                                           Beach for more efficient and                   •   Residents suggests Hempstead
    on Main Street community center                                                  neighborhood and fight led by                                                                 Curt Trinko comes on as Chairman and Rick                                                                            Harbor Park as site of sports and
                                                                                                                            •   Residents continues to monitor
                                                                                                                                                                                   Krainin and Dan Donatelli are elected Co-                         accessible operation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        recreation center
•   With support from Residents,                                                                                                water usage potential in Sand Pits
                                                                                                                                                                                   Presidents                                                    •   Beautification of PWPL’S enlarged
    Town completes design for 1.75                                                                                              property development                                                                                                 parking lot is underway
    mile walkway on western                      Harbor Road homeowners
                                                                                                                                                                               •   Residents works with Stop & Shop to rede-
    shoreline of Hempstead Harbor                                                                                                                                                  velop Delco shopping center
                                                 and tenants march for road
                                                                                     1999                                       2001                                                                                                                                                                2007
                                                                                                                                                                       2003                                                                          2005

                                                                                                2000                                     2002                                                                                                                                                                        2008
                               1998                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2006
                                                                          •   Quick action and massive
                                                                                                                           • EPA’s Long Island Sound Study                                                                                                                                      • Residents
       •   Residents publishes proposal for 12-mile                           citizen turnout help                           agrees to finance Residents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                celebrates 40th Anniversary with
           shoreline-to-shoreline greenway trail                              Residents stop Town’s plans                    Manhasset Bay Shoreline Trail                                   2004                                            •   Residents brings outdoor movies                  gala event and green home showcase at
       •   Residents sponsors planting of 100 addi-                           to accept 250 tons of out-                     Program                                                                                                             to Port Washington with Cinema
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harbor Links clubhouse
           tional trees along Port Blvd with help of                          of-town garbage/month at
                                                                                                                           • Residents holds public conference                                                                                   on the Bay at Sunset Park
           Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli and in coop-                              transfer station on West Shore Rd              on drinking water at PWPL
                                                                                                                                                                       •   At Residents annual meeting, NYS
           eration with DOT                                                                                                                                                Attorney General Eliot Spitzer
                                                                          •   First section of Hempstead
                                                                                                                           • To celebrate Earth Day, Residents             discusses importance of grass
       •   Residents, including VP Eric Pick, work                            Harbor Trail opens                             volunteers and Town workers                   roots action in environmental
           with LIIR to achieve                                           •   Thanks to Residents alerts,
           historic accuracy in                                                                                              clean up Town Dock and Bar                    matters
                                                                              two locations on Port Blvd are
           renovation of LIRR                                                 declared hazardous waste sites by
                                                                                                                             Beach                                     •   Residents and Town sponsor                                                                                                     Co-President & Founder
           Station                                                                                                         • Landscaped walkway on Town dock               community-visioning forum on                                                                                                   of Cinema on the Bay,
                                                                              NYS DEC                                       dedicated to memory of Executive               future of Port Washington
       •   Harbor Links golf                                              •   Residents turns parking lot                    Vice President Bob Zimmerman              •   Salem School reopens after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dan Donatelli, with wife
           facility opens on                                                  on Shore Road into land-                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lisa and friends enjoying
           former Sand Pits                                                                                                • Baxter Pond preserve, landscaped              completion of environmental                                                                                                    a movie at Sunset Park
                                                                              scaped garden and park                         by Residents, is renamed in honor             testing urged by Residents
           site                                                               overlooking Manhasset Bay                     of Legislator Barbara Johnson
                                                                              and dedicates it in
                                                                              memory of Nassau                                                                                                                More kids than ever turn
                                      Town Super visor May Newburger          County Legislator                                                                                                                                                          Editor’s note: This timeline offers just a representative sampling of Residents many
                                                                                                                           Staff Member Susan MacDonald and                                                   up for events at Main                      notable contributions to making Port Washington a better place in which to live, develop
                                      cuts ribbon at opening of refur -       Barbara Johnson                                                                                                                 Street School Park
                                      bished LIRR Station Plaza                                                            Board Member Eric Pick display plans                                                                                          and grow. Although we did not have the space to name all of the Board members and vol-
                                                                                                                           for luxur y senior housing on Morewood                                                                                        unteers who have supported Residents vital role over the last 40 years; we profusely thank
                                                                                                                           Proper ty. The project was defeated.                                                                                          each and every one of you for establishing our roots as a leading community organization
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and helping us branch out into the future.
                                                                                                                                                                a sample
                     forward thinking
                                                Here at Residents, we are proud of our past, but always
                                                look to the future in order to improve and strengthen our
                                                beautification efforts, education programs, smart growth ini-
                                                                                                                                                                for our                                          future
                                                tiatives and advocacy campaigns. Here is what a timeline for
                                                Residents future might look like:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Residents continues to expand network
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of waterfront trails along Hempstead
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harbor, preser ving pristine open space
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          for future generations
                                                                                                                                                                •   Second stage of Sand Pits site development begins with
                                                                                                                                                                    much of land preserved as open space and remaining por-
                                                    Mill Pond before. . .                                                                                           tions dedicated to satisfy community’s great need for recre-
                                                                                                                                                                    ational space and facilities, including indoor pool, equestrian

 •    Residents uses dedicated beautification funds raised at annual                                                                                                center, waterfront hiking trails, ball fields and boating areas
     Gala to make improvements and add trees, shrubs and flowers                                                                                                •   Shoreline-to-Shoreline trail along Port’s waterfront is
     in Port’s parks and gardens                                                                                                                                    expanded so walkers and cyclists can enjoy breathtaking
 •    Residents and Town receive $925,000 from LIPA for alternative
     energy display center in Sunset Park and for other improvements
     to that area, including a skateboard park
                                                                               . . . . and after                                                                    views along Manhasset Bay
              • With Mill Pond’s improvement underway,
                 Residents uses dedicated funds from Ed and Dot

2008                Slade to construct a waterfront garden

                                 •     After two decades of pro-
                                       viding quality educational
                                                                                                                                                                                             2010                                       •   Residents 50th Anniversary Gala celebrates organization’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            amazing achievements, especially its extremely productive
                                       programs in Port’s elemen-                                                •   Residents breaks ground on Asian garden
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            past decade, and looks ahead to Residents next half-
                                       tary and middle schools,                                                      in Blumenfeld Family Park.With help
                                       Residents Education                                                           of Port’s Asian-American community,
                                       Committee expands its activ-                                                  completed garden quickly becomes
                                    ities into Schreiber High                                                        popular location for cultural and edu-
                                  School and organization’s                                                          cational programming
     education program now reaches every Port student, every year                                                •   Residents launches series of educa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Residents has a vision for the next 40 years, but
 •    Residents and Peninsula Aquifer Committee unveil aquifer                                                       tional programs for adults and families.
                                                                                                                     Offerings include guided nature walks,                                                                           we need your help to realize it. Please consider
     model at PWPL. Community learns about water supply by
     using new interactive modeling tool and participating in public                                                 star gazing, bird watching, marine                                                                               volunteering your time, ideas and talents so that,
     discussion groups                                                                                               excursions and lecture series                                                                                    together, we can build a more beautiful community.
 •    With major contributions from Residents,Town publishes                                                     •   With Residents input,Town starts to
     results of Shared Vision Program and enters next stage of                                                       implement sensible parking solutions
                                                                                    Asian garden at Blumenfeld
     implementation                                                                                                  at Port train station and holds hearings
                                                                                    Family Park
 •    Residents completes feasibility study for Port Washington                                                      to determine public’s views on issue
     Nautical Museum. Study’s authors endorse idea, fundraising                                                  •   Groundbreaking ceremony held for
     begins and groundbreaking is set for following year                                                             Port Washington Nautical Museum