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
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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

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Town Planner Calendar

Did you receive your “Town Planner” this year?                                                                                If not, we would be happy to get one to you.

It is loaded with our valuable coupons and those from local businesses.

We offer coupons for a “FREE” Market Analysis and/or $500 Reward Coupon                     for Buyers or Sellers ~ Get your FREE Town Planner today.




Phone: (516) 767-0200

Cell:     (516) 410-1172

Fax:     (516) 767-0028



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Happy Valentine’s Day~

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody `~ Home is Where the Heart is ~

Heidi Spellman Realty.

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Yellow ! Must read

“Yellow” is known to be the color of “safety”. I was impressed this morning when I was watching Fox news and the backdrop to a World globe was a yellow screen.


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