Blaise Rafino and his wife, Diane, have been very busy this summer catering to their faithful customers at Duffy’s Bait & Tackle Shop in Glenwood Landing. The couple, married for 42 years, are community mainstays in their 58 Shore Road store at the corner of Scudders Lane—one of the last bait and tackle shops still in business on Long Island.
“We have a lot of families who’ve been coming to us for years and they bring their children, and when their children grow up, they come to us,” says Diane. “Right now it’s snapper season so we have a lot of the local kids buying bait.”
Duffy’s, originally on Shore Road in Glen Cove, was owned by Thomas Duffy. The Rafinos took over the store in 1984 and stayed in Glen Cove until 1999, when they moved to the current location. Next year will be their 15th anniversary in the community.
“Tom had that store for over 40 or 50 years,” says Blaise. “I used to work in the wholesale bait business in Brooklyn and catered to the Duffy family on occasion. When he retired we bought the store from him.”
Like many businesses on Long Island, Duffy’s was affected by the economic standstill caused by Hurricane Sandy. Luckily the store did not suffer any major damage.
“The water from Hempstead Harbor came halfway up our street but fortunately did not reach us,” says Diane. “When we came back we were lucky enough to still have our heat and electricity, which was something we didn’t have at our
home in Huntington.”
The most challenging time for the Rafino family, which includes four children, was in 2008 when an electrical fire gutted the entire store. The couple was forced to do business in a makeshift trailer set up on the perimeter of the property.
They operated this way for months while the store was rebuilt from the ground up.
“What amazed me the most was that the customers who we’ve served over the years rushed down to help us through the whole ordeal,” says Diane. “It showed a true spirit and loyalty, and we are lucky enough to still be here.”
Duffy’s sells everything from rods and reels to popular baits for fresh and saltwater. They even repair rods and reels on site. The store is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Mayor Reginald Spinello is pictured with students at the School for Language and Communication Development in Glen Cove. The students had prepared a showcase of their projects for a “World Day Celebration.” They spoke to the guests about the many different cultures and languages spoken around the world.
“The administration, faculty, and staff at the School for Language and Communication Development provide the students with an exceptional education and I am very proud that they are a part of our great city,” said Mayor Spinello.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00
The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.
“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.
Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.
The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at Roosevelt Park.
Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00
Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.
Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.