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TOB Referendum - August 20

Cruise Night - August 20

Blood Drive - August 24

Currently On Exhibit

Old OB In Photographs

Raynham Hall Museum exhibit now through December features rare photographs of Oyster Bay from their collection. The photos are street scenes from 1927, 1958, and 1969 and the show includes photos of what the streetscapes look today. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. (Labor Day weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The museum is at 20 West Main Street, OB. For information call 516-922-6808.

Plein Air At OBHS

The Oyster Bay Historical Society will exhibit paintings from the Plein Air Competition held at Planting Fields Arboretum Historic State Park now through Oct. 6, at the Angela Koenig Center, 20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay. For information call 922-5032.

Tuesday, August 20

TOB Referendum

Today is the vote on the sale of the Town of Oyster Bay DPW center at Miller Place. The land is next to the controversial site developer Traubman wanted to use to create an upscale mall. Vote at your local polling place.

Cruise Night

The OB-EN Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to Cruise Night, Tuesdays at 5:45 p.m. This night in Oyster Bay includes live music arranged for by Chair Austin Azzaretto from his friends in the world of musical entertainment. There is always a 50/50 raffle, and great restaurants to enjoy. Call 516-922-6464 for information. This is a weather dependent event. The same night the Madd Potter, 17 Audrey Ave. offers 10 percent off any ceramic car starting at 5:45 p.m. Call 516-922-3223.

Saturday, August 24

Blood Drive

The Oyster Bay Fire Department No. 1 will hold a blood drive on Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the firehouse. According to the Red Cross, donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be at least 17 years old. Donors may not give blood less than 56 days after their last donation, says the Red Cross. For further questions concerning eligibility, please call (800) 688-0900 or check on the Internet.

Tuesday, August 27

Cruise Night

The OB-EN Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to Cruise Night, Tuesdays at 5:45 p.m. This night in Oyster Bay includes live music arranged for by Chair Austin Azzaretto from his friends in the world of musical entertainment. There is always a 50/50 raffle, and great restaurants to enjoy. Call 516-922-6464 for information. This is a weather dependent event. The same night the Madd Potter, 17 Audrey Ave. offers 10 percent off any ceramic car starting at 5:45 p.m. Call 516-922-3223

Friday, August 30

WFC Community Night

Last Friday of the month is community night at the WaterFront Center, from 5 to 8 p.m. Free kayak demos and sailboat rentals. Call 922-SAIL. 

Saturday, August 31

Live Art Fusion

As part of the Labor Day events in town, LI Picture Frame & Art Gallery at 4 Audrey Ave, Oyster Bay is holding a street event from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Twelve artists will be simultaneously painting to the music of the Ken Talve Trio, Saturday, August 31. The band consists of Ken Talve, guitar; Chris Eisener Jr., bass; and Frank Bellucci, drums. All artists are invited to come and paint live and exhibit that night. Free admission. More information will be announced about the Oyster Bay Street Fair planned for that weekend.

Sunday, September 1

Arts & Antiques Walk

The OB-EN Chamber of Commerce is holding its last Arts & Antiques Walk Sundays of this season, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 1. Artists will again be displaying their work in the streets of the hamlet. For more information call 516-922-6464 or on the web, see www.visitoysterbay.com. Come and enjoy a brunch in Oyster Bay’s varied restaurants and stroll around the hamlet seeing fiends.

 Saturday, September 7

The Community Methodist Church of East Norwich will hold their annual Chicken Barbecue on Saturday, Sept. 7. This year it will be in honor of John DeBellis, the East Norwich Fire Chief who died recently. 

Tuesday, September 17

Book Signing

A lecture and book signing by Salvatore J. LaGumina takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center, 20 Summit Street. As Italian immigrants and their descendants, moved to Long Island, they helped to build Long Island, whether as laborers or as contractors, such as the Castagnas. They brought their culinary traditions and opened markets, such as the still family-owned Iavarone Brothers Foods, and restaurants, including New Hyde Park’s Umberto’s. Join author Salvatore J. LaGumina to discover the remarkable contributions and vibrant culture of Italians and Italian Americans on Long Island. The lecture is free and open to the public. Copies of Long Island Italian Americans will be available for purchase and signing. For information call 516-922-5032.

Food Pantry

The North Shore Assembly of God, 84 Orchard St, Oyster Bay is operating a new food pantry for the community. It is meant to supplement the growing needs of the community. It is open on Tuesdays during their prayer times: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. If you are in need of their service, please call Pastor Diane at 516-922-2547 and make an appointment to complete their screening process.


News

With a general discontent about the view-blocking pedestrian railings recently installed along West Shore Road, the discussion at the Oyster Bay Civic Association meeting on Sept. 18 focused on the possibility of having the road designated as a scenic highway.

This concept was suggested by Gregory Druhak of Centre Island, a regular traveler along West Shore Road, who said, “I believe this is the most scenic drive on Long Island west of the Hamptons, perhaps on all of Long Island itself, and it is not being treated as such. I feel we are being given the Lefferts Boulevard [down by JFK airport] expressway extension instead. For all you can see, it might as well be the Belt Parkway below the fence instead of Oyster Bay. This is wrong.”  

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com