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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

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, Long Islanders taking mass transit may find themselves caught up in the mad dash of the holiday rush. But on the Oyster Bay line, riders are lucky in that they don’t experience the same level of stress over parking as some of the busier lines do.

“The Oyster Bay station never seems to get that crowded, but we’ll see what happens during Thanksgiving holiday when a lot of people come to visit families. I don’t think I’ll have a problem commuting, though,” says Michael Miniero, an Oyster Bay resident who regularly commutes to work on the LIRR.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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