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Town Focus: Day 4 in Port Washington

A view of the Manhasset Bay from Port

A view of the Manhasset Bay from Port Washington. (April 16, 2013) Credit: Tara Conry

Since I arrived in Port Washington earlier this week, I’ve been enamored with the picturesque views of Manhasset Bay, but today, I’m finally venturing out on the water.

Matt Meyran, owner of Port Washington Water Taxi, will be taking me on a guided tour of the harbor Thursday afternoon. I’ll be posting video of the tour on Twitter at @TaraKConry and on Newsday’s “Long Island Now” blog.

Also, check back later today to read my interviews with North Hempstead Town Councilman Dina De Giorgio, a 17-year Port Washington resident, and Chris Bain, president of the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society.

We’ll also be taking a look at some of the challenges facing Port Washington businesses and the collaborative efforts aimed at attracting new merchants and helping them succeed.

My colleague Brittany Wait (@BrittanyWait) will also be joining me in Port Washington Thursday to assist with our “Town Focus” coverage. She’ll be speaking with organizers of the second annual Port Fest, which will be taking place on May 11, and getting to know some of the merchants along Main Street. (We’re also hoping to grab a late lunch at Louie’s Oyster Bar and Grille.)

Thursday night I’ll be attending an event at the Sands Point Preserve. As part of “Screen Free Week,” a national campaign to encourage chidren to turn off their electronic devices and explore the "real world" around them, the preserve is hosting a program featuring live animals, a scavenger hunt and pizza dinner.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Send us questions, tips and suggestions of places to visit before our week in Port Washington comes to an end. Oh, and let us know how you would finish this sentence: “Port Washington is _____.”

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