Port Washington Communities Among Best Places To Raise A Family

Multiple communities in and around Port Washington are among 50 Long Island towns that made Niche.com’s list of the 2017 best places to raise a family in New York.

Port Washington, Port Washington North, Sands Point, Munsey Park and Manhasset all made the statewide rankings.

This seems to be a reoccurring theme. Niche also named these communities as some of the best places to live in New York in 2017.

These rankings were created using information about public schools, crime rates, cost of living and family friendly amenities. Data was pulled from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other sources, according to Niche.

Heidi Spellman was born and raised in Plandome and her Grandfather was a former Mayor of Munsey Park. She graduated Manhasset High School and was a resident of Beacon Hill, Port Washington for 20 years, both of her daughters graduated Schreiber High School.

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Hurricane Readiness Guide

June 1st marks the official start of Hurricane Season. All residents should begin now to take steps to prepare for any tropical storm/hurricane that might strike Nassau County this season.

If you are prepared with food (dry food that does not require refrigeration or cooking) and water (1 gal. of water per person per day for at least 5 days), be sure to have a medication kit prepared. Kits should sustain you, your family and pets for up to 5 days.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano launched a new “Smart911” public safety service to enhance 911 call taking, streamline response times, assist in planning and response in the event of a disaster, and provide emergency alerts to residents. “Smart911” allows residents to create a free safety profile for their household at www.Smart911.com that can include information necessary for 911 call takers to have in the event of an emergency. Details can include the names and photos of all family members, medical conditions, allergies, pets, and emergency contacts.

This safety profile provides a way for residents to also include information that will enhance disaster response such as power needs for medical equipment, evacuation assistance and sheltering needs. In the event of a natural disaster, public safety officials will be able to quickly determine which residents need assistance. Smart911 provides the capability to conduct Mass Emergency Alerting, allowing residents to opt-in to receive emergency alerts from public safety officials based on geographic locations of events. These mass notifications can be sent through various means of communications including phone, text and e-mail.

For more information on hurricane preparedness, please visit the link: https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/18877



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Prevent Fleas and Ticks from Moving into Your Home

Like any pet owner, you want to keep fleas and ticks from bothering your pet and moving in to your home.

Infestations can take weeks or months to control. But by taking some precautions, you can prevent them from starting in the first place.

These four steps can help you make your home less inviting to these little bloodsuckers. Some of them start even before you walk through the front door.

1. Troubleshoot Your Yard.

The first line of defense is keeping fleas and ticks from setting up housekeeping on your property.

If you live in a home with a yard, that means keeping your grass mowed and shrubs trimmed back. This simple landscaping move is the opposite of curb appeal to fleas and ticks, because they have less place to hide.

Next, discourage feral pets and wildlife from coming into your yard and bringing their fleas with them. Opossums, raccoons, and feral cats are the worst offenders. Don’t invite these critters by leaving bowls of dog or cat food outside.

Trim back any trees and high shrubs that could let wild animals crawl into your attic. Seal off any openings to crawl spaces, garages, sheds, or under decks, where wild animals or stray dogs or cats could nest, says, Michael K. Rust, PhD, a professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside.

When planting shrubs, keep them away from your house and each other. “Any time you have air movement and sunlight it will kill flea larvae,” Rust says.

You can also find effective yard flea sprays at your local hardware store.

2. Practice Prevention.

Many pet owners use spot-on flea and tick treatments on their pets.

When they come home, run a flea comb or brush through your pet’s coat before going inside, reducing the number of pests it carries.

Do you have a long-haired pet? It’s easier for pests to hide there. So consider having your pet shaved down for the summer, making it easier to spot problems.

3. Keep Your Home Clean.

Having fleas and ticks in your house doesn’t mean your home is dirty. But if you pay careful attention to certain areas, you can make pests less welcome. The tree stages of immature fleas (flea eggs, larvae, and pupae) often live in carpeting or throw rugs. So vacuum at least once a week, and more often if you spot fleas.

When you vacuum, don’t just cover the center of the room. Fleas avoid high-traffic areas, so be sure to hit baseboards, under furniture, under cushions, and anywhere your pets sleep or spend time. This can eliminate 30% of larvae and 60% of flea eggs, according to the AgriLife Extension Service of Texas A&M University.

Change vacuum bags frequently, or place a flea collar in the bag to kill emerging fleas. If your pet rides in your car, vacuum your car, too.

Also wash your pet’s bedding, crate, and toys in hot water weekly to kill flea eggs and larvae.

4. Treat and Prevent Infestations.

Thanks to effective flea and tick control products you can use on your pets, infestations in your home are much less common today.

If fleas do invade, take steps to rid them from your home and keep them away. First, vacuum your carpets thoroughly. After vacuuming, dispose of the bag immediately because eggs and larvae will continue to develop in the bag. Next, shampoo or steam clean the carpet to remove additional fleas and larvae. If you choose to use an insecticide in your home, cleaning the carpets first allows the product to go deeper into the carpet.


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Manhasset and Port Washington Rated Top Schools in Nation

U.S. News and World Report ranks Manhasset Secondary School No. 25 and Port Washington’s Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School No. 36 as the top-performing Public Schools in the Nation.


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Spring Ahead

Don’t forget to move your clocks forward tonight.

Have a good night sleep 🙂

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Homeowner Safety Tip/Thought for the Day

Thought this was important to share/remind us all…

Lint buildup is a common problem that plagues laundry dryers across the country, but many homeowners are unaware of the dangers it can cause.
Question: A serviceman told me the reason my clothes don’t dry fully is because my clothes-dryer vent is clogged with lint. He wants to open the wall to replace the estimated 15 feet of duct in the wall, which he claims will be a major job in my house. Do you think I’m getting a straight story?
Answer: Despite regular cleaning of traps, lint can indeed work its way into the duct work, getting hung up on protruding screws or at crimps or other obstructions and certainly can affect drying efficiency. The lint buildup can also cause overheating of the unit or a fire, so it needs to be addressed. In most case, there are options to full replacement, such as more aggressive cleaning efforts or just partial dismantling and replacement.
If you do end up replacing the duct, the shortest and straightest path to the outside is the best one for a clothes-dryer vent. For the new vent, use smooth aluminum pipe rather than the pleated, flexible plastic or aluminum foil vent pipes sold at many home centers and hardware stores. Smooth pipes are less likely to trap lint and are therefore safer. On the outside end of the vent pipe, use a cap that will allow lint to pass from inside but will keep out rodents and insects. A cap with small louvers that open only when the dryer is running seems to work well.
Check the vent cap occasionally to make sure it is working properly and that there is no lint buildup there. At least once a year, disconnect the vent at the dryer end and make sure it is free of lint on that end.
Remember, these tips are only general guidelines. Since each situation is different, contact a professional if you have questions about a specific issue. More home safety and maintenance information is available online at housemaster.com.
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As Seen in the New York Times…

Back in 2005, none other than Barbara Corcoran, the queen of big firms who built the multibillion-dollar Corcoran Group from a $1,000 (borrowed) investment, declared in a Business Week interview, “I think the future belongs to small brokers.”

She acknowledged that not many people held that view but went on to argue that while the big firms were richer and had more resources, the little ones were more creative and nimbler, having far less bureaucracy and layers of management. “We need to be responsive to a changing market,” Ms. Corcoran said. “And more often than not, the little guy can move. The big guy is still thinking about it.”

Reached last week, Ms. Corcoran, who sold her firm in 2001, stood by her pronouncement. “Definitely,” she said. “On the Internet everyone is equal. The small agent can look as classy as the big agent.” She added, “Ten years ago, if you wanted your property noticed you were far better off with large brokerage firms because they were the big buyers on the print ads. That’s out the window now.”

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Sands Point Property

Watch for a full description of this property in the Port News and Manhasset Press next week.

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With the excitement of the recently aired Super Bowl and the Grammy’s, and tonight’s Oscars

everybody is running for their Smart Flat Screen TV.

And the consumer electronics industry cares about your child’s safety.


  • ALWAYS follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the safe installation of your television.
  • ALWAYS read and follow all instructions for proper use of your television.
  • NEVER allow children to climb on or play on the television or the furniture on which the television is placed.
  • NEVER place the television on furniture that can easily be used as steps, such as a chest of drawers.
  • ALWAYS install the television where it cannot be pushed, pulled over or knocked down.
  • ALWAYS route cords and cables connected to the television so that they cannot be tripped over, pulled or grabbed.
  • As you enjoy your television, please note that all televisions- new and old-               must be supported on proper stands or installed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Televisions that are inappropriately situated on dressers, bookcases, shelves, desks, speakers, chests, carts, etc., may fall over, resulting in injury.


  • ALWAYS contact your retailer about professional installation if you have any doubts about your ability to safely mount your television.
  • ALWAYS use a mount that has been recommended by the television manufacturer and has a safety certification by an independent laboratory (such as UL, CSA, ETL).
  • ALWAYS follow all instructions supplied by the television and mount manufacturers.
  • ALWAYS make sure that the wall or ceiling where you are mounting the television is appropriate. Some mounts are not designed to be mounted to walls and ceilings with steel studs or cinder block construction. If you are unsure, contact a professional installer.
  • Televisions can be heavy. A minimum of two people is required for a wall or ceiling mount installation.


  • Many new television buyers move their older televisions into a secondary room after the purchase of a flat-panel television. Special care should be made in the placement of older televisions.
  • ALWAYS place your older television on furniture that is sturdy and appropriate for its size and weight.
  • NEVER place your older television on a dresser where one may be tempted to use the drawers to climb.
  • ALWAYS make sure your older television does not hang over the edge of your furniture.


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Spring is in the Air

As the warm weather is approaching so is the wide appeal to Port Washington’s water-front community. With a wide range of home pricing and inventory that goes from small colonials to castle-like structures. We welcome your visit to find out more about our parks, restaurants, shopping, entertainment and schools.

Phone: (516) 767-0200
www. HSR-NY.com

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