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Myron Blumrenfeld Honored By The Community Cest

The Community Chest of Port Washington honored Myron Blumenfeld with its Citizen of the Year Award, recognizing his many contributions to the Port Washington community – including his leadership at Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, the Port Washington Parks Conservancy and the Port Washington Library.   At the event on May 7th at the library, young and old packed the room to praise the 84-year old “curmudgeon” and “friend to many” who has made such an impact on Port Washington.

Among the many local community leaders  at the event, Mike was recognized by  Tom DiNapoli, New York State Controller; Wayne Wink, Nassau County Legislator; Jon Kaiman,  Town of North Hempstead Supervisor; Charles Berman, Town Receiver of Taxes and Leslie Gross, Town Clerk; Sandy Ehrlich, Larry Greenstein and Roy Nelson of the School Board;  Curt Trinko and Eric Pick of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington; Nancy Curtin from the Library; Jennifer Wilson-Pines of the Port Washington Parks Conservancy; and Warren Schein, of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce.

“Mike exemplifies the spirit of community here in Port Washington, and we all benefit from his dedicated service,” said Nancy Cowles, Community Chest President.  “He never hesitates to speak out and in many ways has become Port’s environmental conscience.  His many activities in the community continue to improve the lives of all.”

His major efforts have resulted in the provision of numerous parks and trails for the community to use and enjoy.  Throughout his many years in Port, Mike has also been involved in the Port Washington Public Library, established a high school scholarship fund for ESL students and much more.
At the Port Washington Public Library, he is a Board Trustee and an active reader and mentor in the Children’s Room. The Children’s Library staff, led by Rachel Fox, presented a  video to share the joys of Mike’s work in the library, and one of the youngest audience members, Nicholas, came up to give Mike a big hug.

Forty years ago the Community Chest of Port Washington established the prestigious Citizen of the Year Award to honor outstanding volunteer service and contributions to the Port Washington community.

The Community Chest of Port Washington is a not-for-profit organization established more than sixty years ago to raise funds for distribution to local charities dedicated to improving people’s lives.  Funds donated to the Community Chest support these organizations’ programs in Port Washington, including services for senior citizens, children, teenagers and those in need.
For more information on the Community Chest of Port Washington, visit www.portchest.org or call 767-2121.