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Town Focus: Day 1 in Port Washington

A sign on Port Washington Boulevard bids farewell

A sign on Port Washington Boulevard bids farewell to residents and visitors as they leave Port Washington. (April 16, 2013) Credit: Tara Conry

Good morning, Port Washington.

Today is the first of five days that I will spending in the community of Port Washington as part of Newsday’s “Town Focus” series. I have a busy week ahead of me that will begin early Monday morning with a trip to the Sandminers Monument along West Shore Road.

Sandmining is a vital part of Port Washington’s history, which you’ll hear more about later this week from Chris Bain, president of the Cow Neck Historical Society. (Bain, a professional photographer, says the best time to photograph the monument is in the morning when the sunlight reflects off the bronze statues’ faces.)

Afterward I’ll be looking for a place to grab a cup of coffee, so please let me know if you have any recommendations. I’ll also be stopping locals on Main Street to hear their thoughts about “Port” and what drew them to the community. If you’re in the area, I could be asking you.

I’ve already heard many wonderful things about Landmark on Main Street and I’m looking forward to getting a tour of the Jeanne Rimsky Theater when I meet with Sharon Maier-Kennelly, Landmark’s executive director, this afternoon. I recently spoke with Chris Mann, a finalist on Season 2 of NBC’s “The Voice” who will be performing there on Friday.

Later today I’ll also be sitting down with Dr. Kathleen Mooney, the superintendent of the Port Washington School District, to hear her thoughts about Port Washington, the strength of its public schools and the challenges facing students and staff.

If you’re walking past Wit and Whim on Carlton Avenue Monday you might notice an eclectic piece of artwork in the store’s front window. It was created Sunday afternoon by a group of very young artists and their toys. You’ll find that story posted later today.

As I make my way through Port Washington this week, send me suggestions of places to visit, local dishes to taste and activities to try. Let me know what you have always wanted to learn about Port Washington and be ready to answer some questions, too. Like for instance, do you ever get tired of looking at that view from the waterfront shopping area Inspiration Wharf?

You can join me on my travels by reading the Storify below, which will be updated in real time, or follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @TaraKConry.

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