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Environmental Art Contest For Water Wise Land Use

Anton, Fluhr, Gulotta invited as guest judges

Art entries are being sought for a first annual Art Contest and Wine for Water Wise Land Use Party on June 14 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. The contest and party is being hosted by Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) as part of the celebration of their 35th year working to protect and improve local natural resources.

Board member Jaime Van Dyke Doran said, “The art contest and party is an innovative way to raise a little money and bring a ton of focus to local environmental activities. The money raised will help us build sustainable gardens and support educational programs. Artists from all parts of the county have been entering their work from photographs of local landscapes to paintings of local wildlife.”

Prizes will be given in five categories: photography, woodworking, artwork/sculpture, pottery, and decorated pottery with a plant. Art submissions are due by June 1, and must reflect the natural environment. The submissions will be voted on by guest judges, publisher Angela Susan Anton, who also sits on the board of trustees for Nassau County Museum of Art; Betsy Gulotta of the Friends of Hempstead Plains and professor at Nassau Community College; and renowned portrait artist Nanette Fluhr of the Teaching Studios of Art in Oyster Bay and Art League of Long Island.

Anton said, “I am honored to be invited to participate as a judge in the organization’s first-ever art show. Its mission deserves recognition.”  

The art will be judged at the Wine for Water Wise Land Use Party and will also be a part of a silent auction and the artists will be invited to the June 14 party. The party will feature Long Island wine and the jazzy sounds of Pearl Street, a North Shore area band.

Nassau County SWCD District Manager Brian Zimmerman said, “The art is being generously donated by artists who are looking to promote their business or talented hobbyists who just care about the environment and want to support the important work that the district does.”

Van Dyke Doran added, “The district works closely with so many influential people at nonprofits, businesses, and governmental agencies. We chose art as a different type of media to bring focus to all the work being done for the environment. Art has a way of helping cut through the noise and bring together people from all walks of life and different beliefs. It is a fantastic tool for environmental matters. A lot of art created reflects nature and can make people pause and reflect on what is important.”

Several Long Island wineries, including Waters Crest Winery whose owners are from the North Shore area of Nassau County, have joined the list of collaborating partners that will be offering food and beverages at the event. Whole Foods of Jericho, Rothmann’s Steakhouse of East Norwich and T.R.I. Us Catering of Westbury will also be offering a selection of finger foods and desserts at the party. T.R.I. Us Catering is a premiere partner that helps put people who are physically challenged to work and gives them vocational and life skills training.

Other sponsors include Sorenson Lumber of Glen Cove, Dee’s Nursery of Oceanside, Coach Grill & Tavern of Oyster Bay, Blick Art Materials of Carle Place, Berger Brothers Camera of Syosset, Martin Viette of East Norwich, Van Dyke Building & Construction Management of Oyster Bay, and Donna Martini who is a Nassau County Planning Commissioner and wellness advocate.

Tickets to just join the fun at the Water Wise Land Use Party are $25 if purchased in advance; tickets purchased after June 1 will be $35. They can be purchased on the district website www.nassauSWCD.org. All attendees will be entered into a door prize drawing for a special gift.

More information about the district’s programs and the Art Contest & Water Wise Land Use party on June 14 is available online at www.nassauSWCD.org, by emailing ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), or by calling (516) 677-5853.

 -Christy Hinko contributed to this submission by Nassau County SWCD

News

There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.

Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



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