News Briefs

Scholar/Athlete School of Distinction

Students walking through the gym may soon notice an addition to the collection of banners displaying Schreiber’s athletic achievements.  Recently, Schreiber was named a Scholar/Athlete School of Distinction by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.  Schreiber has garnered this prestigious award six times in the past seven years.

The award is designed to recognize excellence on the athletic fields and in the classrooms.  In order to qualify for this award, all of a school’s varsity teams must meet the criteria for a scholar athlete team.   Schools are recognized as Scholar/Athlete Schools of Distinction if a certain amount of its athletes have an unweighted GPA of 90% or above.

“I am very proud to have our teams earn this award for our athletic program and our school.  Our athletes excel on and off the field and have great sportsmanship as well,” said Athletic Director Ms. Stephanie Joannon.

Although only about 5 schools in Nassau County receive this distinction annually, Schreiber has become a perennial recipient.  The NYSPHSAA has handed out this award since the 2002-2003 school year.

“Being recognized in this manner for so many years is a testament to how great Schreiber is,” said Ms. Joannon.

This award is not the first to highlight Schreiber’s athletic achievements.  Other banners in the gym attest to the sports teams’ performance.  Last year, the boys’ varsity lacrosse and girls’ varsity softball teams were named State Scholar Athlete teams.  That award is given to the teams for each sport with the highest average GPA in the entire state.

The next time you are at the turf rooting for the Vikings, keep in mind the dedication of the players to strive to do as well academically as they are athletically.

~ Zoe Basulto

Restaurant Week

Port residents tried new foods and flavors during the town’s first annual restaurant week. The Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District, also known as the BID, created this event to give residents the opportunity to show support for our town’s local restaurants and allow them to enjoy a cheaper meal.

From Oct. 11 to Oct. 18, participating restaurants had offered a price fixe menu, which allowed costumers to choose one of three appetizers, one of three entrées, and one of three desserts for $23.

Since Port Washington is already such a diverse community, it is fitting that the town spent this past week to flaunt its variety of cuisine.  Countless amounts of restaurants such as Rosso Uptown, BareBurger, Louie’s Oyster bar & Grille, and Gino’s Pizzeria participated.

Local restaurants benefited from this since they were able to attract new customers while giving already loyal costumers an incentive to come to try their restaurants’ new offerings.

“I went to BareBurger this weekend when the price fixe menu was still available, and I loved it,” said senior Jenna Hecht.  “I really think this should continue to be an annual event because many people took advantage of this opportunity to get a meal at a better price.”

Many restaurants were packed with eager customers waiting to try new offerings as well as reasonably priced food.

“I was asked by Marian Dalimonte to be part of the restaurant week through the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce,” said Mrs. Nadine Delmonte, owner of Lamotta’s. “It definitely brought us new customers.  I would like to participate in this again next year!”

~ Tori Finkle and Jesse Moskowitz