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Property Assessment Grievance Workshop

Wednesday, Feb. 5 & 7

Concert For Women And Girls

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Meet Local Author

Thursday, Feb. 6


Currently On Exhibit

Snow Day In Oyster Bay

The Oyster Bay Historical Society has a new exhibit at the Koenig Center, 20 Summit Street, “Snow Day In Oyster Bay.” It includes bobsleds, skates and costumes on loan from Monica Randall. The exhibit runs through March 23. For information call 516-922-5032.

Souper Bowl of Caring

During February the North Shore Community Church, 209-213 South St., Oyster Bay is holding the Souper Bowl of Caring. Help them feed local families, just by purchasing a few cans of soup while you are shopping for your Super Bowl supplies. Please be generous and help those in need. For details please call 516-922-7322.


Wednesday, Feb. 5

Property Assessment Grievance Workshop

Nassau County Legislator Donald MacKenzie will be a holding property assessment grievance workshop at the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay, 45 East Main Street, Oyster Bay for any homeowner who disagrees with the new tentative property tax assessment as shown on their Nassau County Property Tax Impact Disclosure Notice, at 10:30 a.m. By filing a Grievance Application for Correction of Property Tax Assessment during the formal grievance period from now through March 3, a homeowner will have the opportunity to dispute the assessed value of their property.

During the meeting, homeowners will receive assistance in with filling out this simple application. Legislator MacKenzie recommends that all concerned residents attend one of these meetings to familiarize themselves with the tax grievance process.

Concert For Women And Girls

The Jewish Women’s Circle of Oyster Bay & Jericho presents an evening of Song Joy and Inspiration, a beautiful musical performance by singer/songwriter, Rivka Leah Cylich and celebrated vocalist, Chaya Sara Weiss. Mrs. Brocha Lipszyc, Rebbetzin of Chabad of Woodbury, will give a talk on “the transformational quality of inner joy for each woman and her home.” Elegant desserts and sushi will be served. The event will be held on Wednesday, Feb 5, at 7:15 p.m.; hosted by Audrey Cohen in Oyster Bay Cove. To RSVP and for location email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-922-6489.


Thursday, Feb. 6

Meet Local Author

Bayville author George Jehn will discuss his writing and aviation mystery novel Flying Too Close to the Sun, at the Bayville Free Library at 7 p.m.

Story Time at the Bayville Library

Every week through Feb. 19; Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.: Baby Bookworms; Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.: 4- and 5-year-old Bookworms. Join Ms. Stacy to read stories, sing songs, and create a craft.


Friday, Feb. 7

Property Assessment Grievance Workshop

Nassau County Legislator Donald MacKenzie will be a holding property assessment grievance workshop at the Locust Valley Library, 170 Buckram Road, for any homeowner who disagrees with the new tentative property tax assessment as shown on their Nassau County Property Tax Impact Disclosure Notice, at 11 a.m. Applications will be provided and are also available at: www.nassaucounty ny.gov/agencies/ARC/forms.html

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Legislator MacKenzie’s office at 516-571-6218.


Saturday, Feb. 8

Valentine's Fair Starts

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the second annual Valentine’s Fair in Oyster Bay on Feb. 8 and 9. As the place where the first documented Valentine’s Day card was sent, it is a natural. Merchants are being contacted to sign up for events to capture the imagination of shoppers. For information call 516-922-6464.


Sunday, Feb. 9

African-American Poetry Reading

Hood A.M.E. Zion Church, 11 Summit Street, is celebrating Black History month with several events open to the public. The first is an African-American Poetry reading, held during their Sunday, Feb. 9 service, starting at 11 a.m. For more information call 516-650-9839.

Xiomáro Photographic Talk

The Oyster Bay Historical Society at 20 Summit Street, presents an Artist Talk by Xiomáro on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. as they celebrate Black History Month. Xiomáro’s photographic series devoted to the slaves’ burial ground at the William Floyd Estate is on exhibition in New York City this February. Xiomáro’s 2013 exhibition How I Love Sagamore Hill opened at the OBHS Koenig Center before traveling to Harvard University in 2014. On view for the talk will be two framed photographs from the series. Attendees will be eligible for an email raffle of two signed 5 x 7 inch prints of images from the exhibit. The program in the Angela Koenig Center is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Donations to the Mohlenhoff Fund will help support the OBHS’s ongoing schedule of educational events and exhibitions. For information, please call 516-922-5032.

Voci da Camera

Under the direction of Kathleen Blixt, the ensemble of 20 professional and highly skilled singers will present unaccompanied choral music at Christ Church on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. The tickets are $15 in pre-sale by Feb. 2. Tickets are $20 at door. For more information visit This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For information call the parish office at 922-6377.

Family Valentine’s Day

Come to Oyster Bay with parents, grandparents, kids, uncles, cousins and pets can enjoy special chocolates, crafts, family activities, boutique shopping, culinary treats and romantic dining all here in Oyster Bay on Feb. 9. For information closer to the day, go to the chamber’s website visitoysterbay.com.


Monday, Feb. 10

Savory Chocolate

Join Lee Perrotta, owner of The Chocolate Lady in Oyster Bay, as she presents this program for adults at the Bayville Free Library. Call 516-628-2765 for details.


Tuesday, Feb. 11

Rita’s Readers Book Club

At the Bayville Free Library, 1:30 p.m. February’s book selection is The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. All are welcome.

Budget Workshop

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District begins its budget development on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. It is the date of the first budget workshop. Attending the school board meetings are a great way of enhancing your child’s school experience as you become more aware of the district goals and how they are achieving them. These board meetings are a way to better understand and participate in the budget development process. Community members are most welcome to attend these open meetings. The meetings are held in the OBHS library, easily entered from the McCouns Lane entrance. For more information call 516-624-6500.


Thursday, Feb. 13

Truth: What is it?

 

At the Bayville Free Library, from 7 to 9 p.m. Back by popular demand, Dr. Philip A. Pecorino, PhD will lead a philosophical conversation about truth. Registration requested.


Friday, Feb. 14

Happy Valentine’s Day

Time to keep the postman, bakery, candy shop, florist, card shop and restaurants busy.

Young Adult Bingo Game

At the Bayville Free Library, from 5 to 6 p.m. Registration is open for children who are 10-years-old or over.

Valentine Evening Gala

Come celebrate Valentine’s Evening at the Raynham Hall Museum honoring Patricia P. Sands and the Oyster Bay Main Street Association, Feb. 14 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Dinner, music and auctions for a fee: basic tickets are $250; $200 for junior members, 35 and under. Do come wearing red shoes and festive attire. Does that mean dance until you drop? Call 516-922-6808 for reservations.


Saturday, Feb. 15

Soul Food Dinner

Hood A.M.E. Zion Church, 11 Summit Street, is celebrating Black History month with a Soul Food Dinner served at noon, and prepared by the members. It includes southern fried chicken, collard greens, potato salad, yams, sweet potato pie and home baked cakes. (There is no specific fee but donations are welcome.) For more information call 516-650-9839.


Sunday, Feb. 16

African-American Ancestry

Hood A.M.E. Zion Church, 11 Summit Street, is celebrating February, Black History month on Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. The congregation will be honoring their African-American Ancestry during the Sunday morning service. For more information call 516-650-9839.


Thursday, Feb. 27

OBEN Chamber Installation

The 84th Annual Installation of Officers & Directors to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce takes place on Feb. 27 with time and location to be announced. The chamber congratulated Colleen McKean, on her first time election to their board, and welcomed returning board members Catherine Drabin and Walter Imperatore. For information call 516-922-6464.


Ongoing

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

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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