Fish Kebab buzzed with activity Thursday night as community leaders gathered from the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner.
Residents for A More Beautiful Port Washington’s Director of Development Mariann Dalimonte and Executive Director Mindy Germain were the evening’s honorees.
Presenting them with certificates of achievement, Warren Schein, the chamber’s co-president, noted “their creativity and their willingness to make our little town….that much more nicer, sweeter and more pleasant to live in.”
Schein pointed Germain and Dalimonte’s work with the chamber, the Business Improvement District and Town of North Hempstead. Their efforts to improve the both the business and larger Port Washington community.
Their efforts include:
- Shop Local Discount Card, which offers Residents members discounts at local businesses.
- Clean Green Zone And New Trash Bins, which in part, encourages store owners to keep sidewalks clean to attract shoppers. The town partnered by purchasing new trash and recycling bins on Main Street.
- Golden Storefront Award, given each month to a business for façade improvements. The award includes a check for $50 and local media publicity.
- Holiday Shopping Events, which is a team effort with the chamber, BID and town to promote shopping locally for the holidays. Events to date include Spring Fling, Port Night Out and Port Holiday Magic
- Welcome New Stores, an effort in which Dalimonte visits new merchants, providing them with information about chamber membership and Residents, and a letter from Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio.
The chamber also installed its new leadership.
Town Clerk Leslie Gross swore in the new board of directors, including June Alleyne, Jerry Baldassaro, Katherine Crean, Beth Michalson Fiore, Patrick Gillespie, Anthony Guzzello, Ayhan Hassan, Carl Lalena, Kathy Levinson, Hal Linden, Ken Magida, Mari Marcellino, Suzanne Ressa, Jerry Rudnick, Diane Schubach, Sid Segal, Ken Tuch and Edna Turner.
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel swore in new officers, including Debbie Greco Cohen, 1st vice president; Ann Arter; 2nd vice president; Catherine O’Neill, 3rd vice president; Wendy Collett, secretary; and Leslie Ann Jacobi, treasurer.
Leg. Wayne Wink swore in Co-presidents Warren Schein and Mitch Schwartz.
Germain and Dalimonte were also recognized by Gross, Wink, and Eric Zausner, who represented County Executive Ed Mangano.