Friday, 27 December 2013 00:00
Locust Valley Community Blood Drive
Friday, December 27
NY Blood Center Blood Drive
Saturday, December 28
New Year’s Party
Tuesday, December 31
Ffoure Pounds Sterling, an exhibit at the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center is open now through Jan. 19, 2014. View the 1653 First Purchase agreement with the Matinecocks, preserved in the Office of the Town Clerk in Oyster Bay, as well as the 1661 agreement granting Henry Townsend permission to build his mill at Mill Pond. For information call 516-922-5032.
Artist Kirk Larsen will display his artwork in the Locust Valley Library’s Community Room now through Jan. 26. The room is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Knitted Purl, 80 South Street, and customer, Nora, are Raffling off of Nora’s Ravishing Razzamatazzle Knit Collage Blanket (valued at $600) to raise money for the Oyster Bay Main Street Association. Raffle tickets are $5 or 6 for $25. For information call 516-558-7800.
A special Community Blood Drive, sponsored by the Locust Valley Rotary Club and the Locust Valley Fire Department, will be held on Friday, Dec. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Locust Valley Firehouse on Buckram Road. Close to 2,000 community residents need blood transfusions every day. From surgery patients to accident victims to cancer patients, blood donations are an important part of our health care system. Though the separate components of one pint of donated blood could save as many as three different lives, it is important to remember that blood is perishable and has a shelf life of only 42 days. Donors that they can give blood every 56 days. If you want to donate but cannot make the blood drive, contact the New York Blood Center at 1-800-933-2566 or go to www.nybloodcenter.org. Walk-ins are welcome and a limited amount of appointments are available through the website only. All donors will benefit from a free mini-medical exam. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be between 16 and 75 years of age and in good health, and are asked to provide a valid form of photo identification. Donors with medical questions or concerns are asked to call the Blood Center at 1-800-688-0900.
There will be a blood drive at the Oyster Bay Public Library on Dec. 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Your donation will help save up to three lives! For questions concerning medical eligibility call 1-800-688-0900. To schedule an appointment, call the Reference Desk at 922-1212. You may also visit their website, oysterbaylibrary.org to schedule an appointment. Each donor will receive a free t-shirt and a chance to win a pair of tickets to the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium! (last appointment is at 2:45 p.m.).
The Robert H. Spittel Post 1285 of Bayville, is holding a New Year’s Eve event from 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. There is limited seating so please reserve early by calling Rich at 628-1993 or 628-2512. There will be dining, dancing and casino games with dealers and prizes. Tickets are $125 each; watch the ball fall on big Screen TVs. Enjoy Blackjack, Roulette and slot machines.
The Oyster Bay Town Board meets on the first Tuesday of the year on Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. There will be no official inauguration ceremony for newly elected officials but there will be a swearing in for them, at the conclusion of this meeting. To check the agenda, go to their website: oysterbaytown.com and look under calendars and you can print it out. Please sign in at the desk in front if you wish to speak to the board after the meeting.
There will be a guided nature walk at the Muttontown Preserve on Jan. 12. Meet at the Bill Patterson Nature Center, at the end of Muttontown Lane, East Norwich, at 10 a.m., reservations required: call 516-571-8500. There is a fee of $5: the tour covers rough terrain in several areas of the preserve, Nassau County’s largest nature preserve.
Raynham Hall Museum presents the second of its lecture series “Spymasters: The uses of Intelligence in a Dangerous World.” The series was inspired by the museum’s identity as the home of a central member of George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring, a forerunner of today’s C.I.A. The speaker on Jan. 19, is Brian Kilmeade the author of George Washington’s Secret Six of which one is Robert Townsend, Culper, Jr. The event will be held at the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 each, or $75 for members and includes a buffet supper. The third lecture in the series will be by Evan Thomas speaking on March 9. A “Local son” Thomas has authored eight books. His most recent is Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World (2012). Space is limited, so please call 516-922-6808 to reserve.
The Locust Library hosts a Town of Oyster Bay Distinguished Artists Concert: Masterwork Conversations: Paris! – A Moveable Music Feast, in the Community Room at 2 p.m.
The Oyster Bay Historical Society hosts the opening of their new exhibit at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 31. Snow Day In Oyster Bay will display items from their collection related to winter. That includes bobsleds, skates and costumes on loan from Monica Randall. The exhibit runs through March 23. For information please call 922-5032.
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 922-2547 and make an appointment to complete their screening process.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Local author Rajdeep Paulus of Locust Valley is living the writer’s dream. After having her first young adult novel published last year with positive reviews, she has just released her second novel, and will be holding a book signing at The Book Revue in Huntington on March 12.
Her first book, Swimming Through Clouds, is about a high school transfer student and her friendship with the basketball captain during their senior year. The sequel, Seeing Through Stones, was released March 1.The mom of four girls only recently tried her hand at novel writing; an English major in college who then taught for a few years, says, “I spent about a decade doing the mom thing...then as my youngest got to be school age, my husband asked me, ‘What do you want to do with your life now?’”
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
February, Black History Month, was celebrated by the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church of Oyster Bay with a series of special events.
“The whole month was inspiring, so I am looking forward to doing it next year,” said Black History-Harriet Tubman Committee Chair Diane Cortes-Evans.
The month included a visit from Assemblyman Charles Lavine, who attended the Feb. 9 service and presented Pastor Linda Vanager with a citation from the NYS Legislature for the church’s work in preserving the Pine Hollow Cemetery, and a lecture by historian Simon Rutledge.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:01
On Saturday, Feb. 22, as temperatures rose to well above freezing for the first time in weeks and the melting snow created a thick fog, the Oyster Bay High School Varsity Lady Baymen Basketball Team showed up at Long Island University ready to play.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:48
The Winter Varsity Sports Season is into post-season play in Oyster Bay. Many fine young athletes have excelled this season and were chosen by the Oyster Bay High School coaches as Athletes of the Month for February.
Cassidy Exum has been a member of the varsity wrestling team since his freshman year. Since that time, he has achieved All-County honors, which includes a Nassau County Small School County Championship. This year, Exum started his competitive season with success. He was a place winner in the annual Locust Valley Tournament, a Hank Paris Tournament Champion and a Bethpage Tournament Champion, where he was presented with the Champion of Champions Award. Exum’s success is due to his work ethic, dedication and discipline.; he is a fierce competitor which will help him as he competes for his second Nassau County Championship. Exum is coached by 2012 Coaches of the Year Jay Davis and Doug Axman.