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PWFD Host County Parade in Port Washington, Drills in New Hyde Park

Find out which local roads will be closed.

The Port Washington Fire Department is hosting the 2012 Nassau County Parade and Drill Friday and Saturday.

This multi-day event brings together more than 70 Nassau County fire departments. This year the parade and block party will take place in Port Washington with drill team events taking place in New Hyde Park.

Specifics to include times will be posted at a later date. Below is a tentative calendar of events.

Old Fashioned Drill Team Tournament 
Friday 6 p.m. and Denton Ave Training Facility at Michael J. Tully Park

Motorized Drill Team Tournament
Saturday 8 a.m. at Denton Ave Training Facility at Michael J. Tully Park

County Parade
Saturday 6 p.m. on Port Washington along Port Washington Boulevard and Main Street, beginning in the Salem area. 

Block Party
Saturday 6 p.m.-midnight at the LIRR parking lot opposite Flower Hill Hose Company #1

All events are open to everyone.

Road Closures in Port Washington

Expect Port Washington Boulevard to be closed from Stonytown Road to Main Street, and from Main Street to Mackey Avenue from about 5 p.m., with Main Street shortly after. These roads will be closed until at least 9 p.m. 

The parking lots east and west of the Long Island Rail Road will not be accessible during the block party, so be sure to make alternative arrangements. 

the47knuckle July 14, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Clearly ounce again we have people who don't or won't put their lives at risk for the benefit of the community but are willing to criticize recogonition of unpaid volunteers who do so for everyone in this town. Several things need to be addressed, these volunteers cover the entire peninsula, check how few there are and how many more should volunteer and as for the tax issue, better check your tax bill carefully and see where the largest expenditures are, its not going your fire and medic volunteers who do not use tax payer dollars for these events. Do you really want a $150,000 paid fireman or a volunteer who sacrifices his or her own time to serve this community often at the expense of their own family for everyones benefit including their critics.
Chairman Mao July 14, 2012 at 11:06 PM
there would be fewer houses less cost...dont argue money issue you lose... it has been shown cost is about the same only you get professionals vs. volunteers. oh its spelled "once"; "ounce" is something else like in the 16 of which you and your fire buds like to drink when it comes to beer
the47knuckle July 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Clearly this person is a very self centered indivdual who does not have the courage or fortitude to attempt the sacrifice that the volunteers do. By the way, I am not a volunteer but have been the benificiary of fire service that includes a fatal fire in my own house and and a medical emergency that resulted in me still being here to respond to people who only have time to criticize people who won't sacirifice themselves or someone's misspelling. Maybe this person should move to some rural area where if you don't pay for for your emergency services, they watch your house burn down. Step up and try it yourself, or you could always move to a community with less self scarifice. We are all here to help each other and protect and serve our community as group, not as individuals.
Chairman Mao July 15, 2012 at 12:27 AM
knucks why dont you respond to the central theme of the complaint (1) not enough notice. (2) excessive public drinking (3) possibiity of stagging & parading in non residential areas in PW like the beach area. as far as sacrificing >>> you dont know me so dont assume i dont volunteer or am not otherwise generous with my time. to assume because of my criticism that i dont is misplaced. you dont know me .... so keep you mouth shut & just address the three issues. ok knucks?
Is July 15, 2012 at 12:31 AM
i applaud all firefighters---that certainly is not the issue. However, poor judgement in planning out the parade route is the issue here. The streets west of Port Washington Blvd have no access in or out because there is no other way out but only through Port Blvd.--Derby, Essex Ct, Tulip Rd, White oak Dr, Neulist, and Marino are pretty much cul de sac areas. Poor planning with no regard to all residents in the area is clearly the issue.
Kori July 15, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I am a resident of Port Washington, and I think it is ridiculous that a parade was put on for 3 hours preventing hundreds of people from getting to and from their homes. All other parades take place on Main Street where there are various detours to get to where you need to go, but to block off Port Washington Blvd, the most highly used road in town, is outrageous and very disrespectful to the residents of Port Washington. I think it is great to honor our firemen, they definitely deserve it, but it is unfair to prevent people access to their own homes. I hope this will be considered in the future when planning an event like this.
the47knuckle July 15, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I have to apologize to the readers of this commentary because it seems my emotions have been overcome by this issue. As a representitve of 5 generations of Port residents I have come to respect all the services I am afforded in this community and the people who serve us. In the sixty plus years of my life here I have seen many changes, some good and some not so good but I still feel lucky to live in a safe, well protected, well served community. We all have options we can exercise, but Port is still the place to be. We all may view this situation differently but at least we have the option to discuss it and disagree. If anything maybe this will cause more residents to become involved in these volunteer services and to spend more time bettering the community for the future and using this time for a more constructive purpose. This is still a great town and if people want changes let it be, things changed before me and they will change after me. If we disagree than its better to work for a solution than this alternative.
Chairman Mao July 15, 2012 at 01:16 AM
good night knucks !!!
Cheryl Podolsky July 15, 2012 at 01:22 AM
I agree. This is definitely something that was clearly overlooked; that certain streets have no other outlet except onto Port Blvd. What were those residents to do? Remain in their homes, when they may have had other needs or obligations -- or simply a desire -- requiring them elsewhere? I am grateful for our town's firefighters, police. and emergency medical personnel, believe me. I'm grateful for every day that I wake up in Port Washington, period. But the people who live in those neighborhoods have rights as well, and better planning might have avoided this situation. And by the way, I also didn't know anything about the closing until late yesterday afternoon, when I heard the recording on my phone. There may be signs in and out of town, but I, for one, didn't see them. It was certainly all a bit of a surprise to me.
Cheryl Podolsky July 15, 2012 at 01:25 AM
By the way, are me and Lee Kalinsky the only people discussing this topic who actually reveal who we are? I think that posting under our own, real names might bring a bit more civility into the conversation.
pam July 15, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I AM from Port Washington - proud to be a part of GENERATIONS and FOUNDERS of this town....as well as family Fire Department members including myself as a proud Fire Medic and a father who was Chief of the PWFD - Yes it SHOULD be held here every year if you so want - if you knew how BAD it would have been from your experience 18 years ago - why didn't you make plans to be OUT OF TOWN this evening - oh...and the Fire Department are the only drinkers in town - maybe we should look at parents who are HOSTING parties to underage drinkers - I have been in parades where town members OPEN their houses to those needing to use facilities - and VERY SMALL sacrifice - oh...and the "small restaurants" tonight - they did amazing business - as well as PYA, Ayhans, the JM Marino Society, Ralphs, Franks - they were doing amazing business at the Block party - you missed it! Earlier recognition - maybe they are guilty of that - once again - maybe you should "schedule" your next fire or emergency medical needs so that Volunteer isn't "inconvenienced".
Chairman Mao July 15, 2012 at 01:50 AM
pam, you seem bitter. see my comment to knucks at 8:27pm... instead of venting just answer the 3 legitimate concerns. i have lived here over 30 years i am sorry its not for "generations"; its long enough. anyway what has your family's origin have to do with the validity of the points raised by those who have objections? btw did you accuse me of hosting underage drinking parties? well i never did nor did i leave my kids & go away on weekends so they could drink, but at least you admit that the fire-people were drinking. thank you
jthomas July 15, 2012 at 10:35 AM
I hate Port Washington. They are all stuck up little a**Ho*E. They think port washington is the biggest thing on earth. They dont relieze that Port Washington has all the gangs, all the major drug problems. Before you say that the firemen booze, you should relieze that maybe your kid boozes more than the firemen. I was annoyed that i had to march in this parade too. Stop your complaining and appricate the things you have in life instead of complaining how the road is closed.
Ho Chi Minh July 15, 2012 at 12:24 PM
hey JT there you guys go again.... thanks for admitting the firemen do drink to excess. as for my kid you know squat about that so shut up. like all other supporters of this event instead of addressing the 3 legitimate issues raised you're accusing my kids of doing something that you have no idea about. that approach gains you no credibility. OH, if you were so annoyed to march, why did you? the firmen i spoke with said they volunteered. your attitude seems less than noble. have a nice life
the47knuckle July 15, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Its too bad this dialogue begins and ends with such vitriol. As I mentioned before as along time Port resident the town only becomes better when we all get past attitudes and perceptions and work towards making sure some issues are better handled and due respect is given to all concerned. We may all live in town as individuals, but as different as we are, as a group I believe we all have a share in continuing keep Port a great community. If we work all towards fixing problems maybe there will many more multi-generational families that live in an even better town.
LK July 15, 2012 at 05:01 PM
restaurant community??? HA HA HA good one Art.
LK July 15, 2012 at 05:25 PM
dump the volunteer program?? how dare you? these people dedicate lots of their personal time to help out our community. And your complaint about being woken up in the middle of the night by the sirens... how about the VOLUNTEERS that are actually getting up and out of bed- leaving their families for PEOPLE LIKE YOU. What a selfish thing to say. You should be thanking these volunteers. Im glad you enjoyed the parade from your house.
hank ratner July 15, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Amazing how a wonderful event such as last evenings is turned into some horrific situation for Port residents. As someone who has needed the help from our local VOLUNTEER firemen and medics over the years, we CANNOT do enough in honoring and respecting them and their fellow VOLUNTEERS around the Island.
LAK July 15, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Touché! Obviously these people have been fortunate enough to have never needed the fire department's help.
BRIAN WATERSON July 15, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I am on the recruitment committee...... Please give me a call, we could use more members! lets see if you can "HACK" it. Not everyone drinks! you can be one of them!
Patricia DeBari July 15, 2012 at 08:35 PM
To add to the commentary, I along with hundreds of other people, that included individuals by themselves, couples of all ages, groups of teenagers, families with their children, including new born babies, people that attended with their dog or dogs on leashes even in pet strollers, to seniors citizens and many disabled in wheel chairs all were out in the community to enjoy and support the Nassau County Parade, hosted by the PWFD. It was a good time had by all watching the parade pass and spirit lifting, with flags flying and the sounds of marching bands and bagpipers. The Fire Riders on their motorcycles added to the excitement as they approached leading the parade. The honored, the NCFA and their new President, a PWFD volunteer and Past Chief were greeted with great applause as were Town and County Dignitaries that followed. The host, the PWFD, proudly looked their best. The Grand Marshals, all 50 year+ members marched or road in vintage fire trucks that lead each division. The dedicated NC volunteer firemen marched proudly and the apparatus they use to protect us was a show in its self. A PWPD vehicle lead the parade and the presents of the PWPD was everywhere, even on bikes along the parade route as well as aux police. It is to bad that those of you that felt trapped or shut in and not able to leave your homes didn't think to come out and enjoy the festivities this parade had to offer and support your community and the PWFD. .
Ho Chi Minh July 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM
how much did it cost to put on this parade?
Ho Chi Minh July 15, 2012 at 11:23 PM
port washington is such a provincial place. it's so bad that a contrary view is derided & ridiculed. Underneath this community is not one of tolerance. the founders, "generation" families can keep it. My family has been the recipient of the services of the Fire medics. we were appreciative to say the least. But a parade? we can do more meaningful things to honor those who serve, But if we do a parade the community has to recognize that some amongst us would have some well founded comments (constructive criticism?). why do some in the majority(?) who support the parade act with such hostility to what may or may not be a minority opinion? Open your minds Port Washington !!!! for now i am returning to my "city". get it? or are you more provincial than i thought?
Adolph H. Marx July 16, 2012 at 12:40 AM
hi Ho !!!
port pride July 16, 2012 at 03:47 AM
We bought, prepared a car load of groceries for a family event, never made it, our roads were blocked off period.The point everyone is making//lack of notice & most had NO NOTICE.(who is paying for the spoilage?) While you were in the parade, we watched so many irate people getting out thier cars to ask what is going on, therefore it was obvious hey too didn't know. A complete lack of consideration for people regardless of which town it was in.Why weren't arrangements made for at least a "detour"/ "exit" out of town. Saturday at 5 pm is prime time. Many people work & run home to get ready to get back out. Stop & think about the Summer months are when families spent time together, go to weddings, communions, reunions,airport to travel!Maybe put our shoes on.What if your husband & you were on the way to this parade that seems so important to you &you missed it cause your town didn't give you notice.The simple fact is that closing a thru way into and out of ANY town for ANY reason other than an emergency is outrageous and truely unnecessary. (whether it be a 1 hr or 3 hrs) I agree that Bar beach could have been a better location. It was almost as though the FD wanted to "force" you to watch the parade!
port pride July 16, 2012 at 03:48 AM
In regards to the volunteers, I am not descrediting what it is to be a volunteer fire fighter. However if they are in fact drinking, driving&trashing &being desruptive within the neighbor, they should realize they are in fact degrading themselves& the uniform.I'm posting this in hopes that the people come out & speak up so it doesn't happen like this again. I understand SEVERAL years ago a man had a heart attack by the beaches and no help could get to him due to the road closures for a town even. Since then, road closures have had detour routes. What happened with this event? I bet other towns refused the parade. If Port was so gracious to host the parade, then they should have at least been gracious enough to provide escorts in/ out to a detour for the people that were blocked in& had places to go.
Camerasnob July 16, 2012 at 06:07 AM
I've gone to calls that I otherwise would have missed because of horns. Text service is spotty, pager batteries die, pagers get left next to my bed or in the bathroom or sometimes just don't go off like they should. It's a small inconvenience that helps us to help you. I get no benefits, I'll never collect LOSAP, I'm not compensated for the money I spend on gear, gas, clothes or food. I get a $40 plate at an annual diner that I rarely attend and a decent TV to watch while I wait to go on calls...
Camerasnob July 16, 2012 at 06:12 AM
Several people I know don't drink...including me...so......
Nassau Taxpayer July 19, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Good but sad illustration of the cost of poor/no advance notice and communication of the back-draft and flash-over of this event -- the complete loss of a holiday weekend evening's restaurant covers and proceeds, not to mention loss of cost of goods, at one of the finest restaurants in Port Washington: "No Advance Notice Of Road Closures Hurt Local Businesses" http://portwashington-news.com/2012/letter-no-advance-notice-of-road-closures-hurt-local-businesses/
mr tax payer September 14, 2012 at 05:03 AM
all of this celebration and the PWFD drill team (which a waste of tax payers money) wins nothing....i think i may report the PWFD to the IRS and Kathleen Rice for wasting taxpayers money....u madd????

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