“The Necklace” Headlines at the Library Foundation Gala

On Saturday, September 28, at 6:30 pm, the Port Washington Library will host the Port Washington Library Foundation’s Tenth Inspiration Gala.  In keeping with this year’s theme, “The Library is the Jewel of the Community,” the evening will include a reading of Guy De Maupassant’s short story “The Necklace,” adapted for the stage by Foundation board member Judy Sloan and performed by seasoned actors Ryan Morey and Sarah Arikian.

A graduate of Rhode Island College with an MFA in theatre and Portland State University with a BA in Music, Ryan Morey is a playwright as well as an actor.  He has performed in a number of first-rate productions including One for the Road, The Seagull, Oh, What a Lovely War, the Rocky Horror Show, and Lysistrata at a number of venues across the country.

Sarah Aitken completed her undergraduate work at the Manhattan School of Music and received an MA from NYU in Classical Voice. She has been a featured performer in The Merry Widow, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Three Penny Opera, Ragtime, The Mikado, and many, many others at such venues as the New York Musical Theater Festival, the Show Palace Dinner Theater, Belleayre Music Festival, Jacksonville Lyric Opera, American Family Theatre, Brooklyn Repertory Opera, Broadhollow Theater, the Village Light Opera, and the Remarkable Theatre Brigade.

The Library Foundation thanks Judith and Morton Sloan for their sponsorship of the entertainment for our Tenth Inspiration Gala.


Port Washington Library Foundation Celebrates Three Outstanding Honorees
On Saturday, September 28, at 6:30 pm, the Port Washington Library will host the Port Washington Library Foundation’s Tenth Inspiration Gala, celebrating “The Jewel of Port Washington . . . our Library.” This year the Foundation has three outstanding honorees:  National Grid with National Grid New York President Kenneth D. Daly accepting; Lucy Mazany, Senior Vice President and Long Island Division Manager of Valley National Bank; and Georgia DeYoung.

Corporate Leadership Award — National Grid 
The Corporate Leadership Award this year goes to National Grid, an international energy delivery company. In the United States National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island and is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern US.  National Grid also owns nearly 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million Long Island customers. National Grid is also proud to be involved in many community-based projects and partnerships through the National Grid Foundation, which has provided nearly $12 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofit organizations since 1998.

Accepting the award on behalf of National Grid will be Port Washington resident Kenneth D. Daly, President of New York National Grid.  Throughout his 25-year career he has held numerous positions including Group Financial Controller in London; CFO, Global Gas Distribution; vice president of Financial and Employee Related Services; and merger coordination officer during the merger integration of both National Grid/KeySpan and Brooklyn Union/LILCO.  Mr. Daly graduated from St. Francis College with a BA in English in 1988 and has earned both an MBA in Finance from St. John’s University and an MS in Human Resource Management from New York University. He achieved the distinguished Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2002. Mr. Daly is a member of the Saint Francis College Board of Trustees and has been an adjunct professor there for 20 years.  He has been the Director of the St. John’s University Executive-in-Residence Program since 1992 and is also a graduate of the David Rockefeller Fellows Program, a member of the Long Island Energy Partnership and the British American Business Council Board of Directors.


Corporate Leadership Award – Lucy Mazany
Receiving the Corporate Leadership Award, Hofstra University BA and MBA graduate Lucy Mazany is a senior vice president at Valley National Bank.  She serves as a division manager and oversees the bank’s Business Development Team and Branch Network for the bank’s fifteen branches located throughout Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens Counties.  Lucy began her banking career with European American Bank, working as a branch manager in several branches. She is currently  president of  The Institute of Management Accountants, Long Island Chapter, and has served on various not for profit committees in the community including the Molloy College Golf Committee,  the “Go Red for Women” Long Island luncheon, the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Lions Club, the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District, the Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, the Long Island Women’s Business Council, and the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce.


Leonard Wurzel Public Service Award—Georgia DeYoung 

The Leonard Wurzel Public Service Award honoree is Georgia DeYoung a community activist who has volunteered for numerous Port Washington organizations. She is on the board of  including Friends of Sands Point Preserve, where she is on the Executive Committee and is the events chairperson; secretary of the Sands Point Civic Association and chair of its Gardening Committee; chairperson of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission, Village of Sands Point;  She has been a member of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington for more than twenty years and was a board member for ten years.   She volunteers for the Port Washington Public Library’s  “Books for Dessert” program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is a parent advocate at the YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities Network. From 1989 – 1992 she served as president of the Community Synagogue,  and from 1994 -2011 she was vice president of the Greater NY Council of Reform Synagogues and a national board member of  the Union for Reform Judiism.   She co-chaired the Community Synagogue’s  50th and 60th Anniversary Celebrations and is currently on the Sanctuary Renovation Design Committee.  Before her retirement Ms. DeYoung worked at Ben DeYoung and Associates, where she performed qualitative and statistical analysis of market research projects for national corporations and as the manager of placement services for the school Abilities in Albertson.  Georgia has a BA from the University of Rochester and is certified in Human Services Administration.

Port Washington Library Foundation Receives “Books for Dessert” Grant


The Port Washington Library Foundation is pleased to announce the receipt of a $5000 grant from the Angela and Scott Jaggar Foundation for the library’s “Books for Dessert” program, an innovative book club that helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities read and discuss books. Every week at the library they gather to read a good story under the direction of trained leaders, meet new friends, and learn while having fun (and dessert!). Angela Jaggar, a retired professor of literacy at NYU, will help the library develop an evaluation process so crucial to obtaining further support.


The program’s goal is to provide services to an underserved population — people who, at 21, have “aged out” of the school system and have little, if any, opportunity to enjoy the advantages of a library or even to read on a regular basis. The program is designed to increase their reading abilities and teach life skills while enhancing the pleasure of reading.


“Books for Dessert” is the first such program ever awarded an Adult Literacy Services Grant by the New York State Library division of the New York State Education Department and is one of the few of its kind in the country.


The program was founded by Erica Lennon, Director of Residential Services for Community Mainstreaming Associates and Nancy Comer, now a library trustee, whose son Jamie is a CMA resident and Schreiber graduate. Both are part of a parent/professional/library staff committee that sets up and oversees the book club.


The Port Washington Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation established in 1989.  Its mission is to raise funds to support the needs of the Port Washington Public Library not covered by taxes and to maintain its viability for future generations.  Since its inception the Foundation has given more than $1,500,000 in private funds raised from hundreds of donors each year. Programs and initiatives supported entirely or in part by the Foundation include archivist services for the Local History Center, the Jobs and Career Center, the Family Place project for preschoolers, a sound and acoustical system for the Lapham Meeting Room, wireless technology, parking lot construction, intergenerational field trips, the children’s story circle, and much, much more. For more information about the Foundation or to make a donation, call 883-4400, Ext. 180 or go online to


Port Washington Library Foundation Launches 1892 Society

To commemorate the library’s 120th anniversary this year, the Port Washington Library Foundation has formed the 1892 Society, an honorary category for Foundation donors making annual gifts of $1,000 or more.

Ambassador Arnold Saltzman, a long-time Port resident and library supporter, has generously offered a challenge grant to the Foundation in this inaugural year of the 1892 Society.   He will match the amount by which any donor’s gift of $1,000 or more this year exceeds the donor’s prior year’s gift. Needless to say, the formation of the 1892 Society and the Saltzman challenge grant have the potential of substantially raising the bar for annual Foundation support from its most loyal and significant donors.

The 1892 Society offers Library Foundation donors the unique opportunity for personal engagement in the life and work of the library. With annual gifts of $1,000 and above, this group will help the Foundation provide critical funds to support the needs of the Port Washington Public Library not covered by taxes and to maintain its viability for future generations.

Members of the 1892 society will receive the following membership benefits:

E-invitations to all Library Council events and library programs; private consultation with a librarian to aid in building a home library; special invitations to Foundation-sponsored events such as the Vogel Distinguished Photographer-in-Residence and the Jackie Spielman Children’s Storytelling Event; invitation for a behind-the-scenes tour of the library; recognition of  support in the library newsletter, the Foundation annual report,  the library’s entryway door wall,  and the virtual giving donor wall on the Foundation website.

Established in 1989, the Port Washington Library Foundation has given more than $1,500,000 in private funds to enhance the library’s programs, building, and grounds. For more information about the Foundation and the 1892 Society or to make a donation, please call 883-4400 Ext. 180 or visit the website at



The Martin Vogel Photography Gallery was officially named and opened on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 in a reception and ceremony that included an exhibit of Martin Vogel’s photographs, and tributes from photographer George Kalinsky and others.  The gallery space, in the Media Services Department, was enhanced and augmented in honor of the occasion.