There will be a rally today at 6PM at the southern end of North Cove Marina in support of North Cove Marina Management, headed by Michael Fortenbaugh, a local businessman and parent of a PS 150 student. NCMM has managed the North Cove for the past 10 years, and also developed affordable sailing programs for adults and children for the Manhattan Sailing School. Just last week, the Battery Park City Authority informed Fortenbaugh that it will take control of the marina on Dec. 31, signaling that it has chosen another entity, possibly Brookfield Office Properties or Island Global Yachting, to assume management in the new year.
Among local residents and sailors, many of whose children have also been students at the sailing school, the fear is that a new manager will make it financially impossible for the sailing school and the affiliated Manhattan Yacht Club to continue to operate in North Cove.
Friends of Fortenbaugh have launched a website called Save North Cove to rally support for Fortenbaugh’s continued stewardship of the marina, as well as for transparency and community involvement in the decision-making process.
You’ve seen the Smilebox invitation and today received the paper invitation in your child’s backpack. The holiday potluck is an annual tradition at PS 150 and this year Wendy and Westley Chapman have graciously offered to host all parents (no kids!) and staff on Thursday, Dec. 18 from 6-9PM. This year is the Chapmans’ last at PS 150 – their youngest child is in the 5th Grade and two older daughters are alumnae – and Wendy has volunteered in probably every possible capacity, so let’s give them a great turnout!
Photo courtesy of Cesar Kastoun.
While Thanksgiving is still fresh-ish in our minds, here are photos – again from the remarkable camera of parent Cesar Kastoun – from last Tuesday’s one-mile run around Independence Plaza by our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Congratulations to all the runners and thank you to Tony Kunin for organizing the event!
From time to time, our community is asked to help other causes around the city. A parent at PS3 in the West Village has informed us about Pier55, a new park and performance space to be built along Hudson River Park at W. 13th St. The park, which will be funded primarily by the Diller-Von Furstenberg family (who also brought us the High Line), will be presented to Community Board 2’s Parks Committee today, Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 6:30PM at the Village Community School, 272 W. 10th St (see map). If you care to show your support, please attend the meeting and consider speaking in favor of the project (to do so, arrive at 6pm to sign up for a speaking slot).