Incorporation: To Be or Not to Be
The East Norwich Civic Association is holding a forum on Nov. 19 to discuss incorporation of the hamlet and see where residents stand on the issue. The forum will be held at the Community United Methodist Church, starting at 7:30 p.m. A panel of experts will talk about what is involved in incorporation. Nassau County Village Officials Association (VOA) President Victoria Siegel, the mayor of Bayville, has taken on the cause of helping those unincorporated areas interested in becoming incorporated. On Aug. 13, the VOA held a forum on incorporation entitled "To be or not to be" to consider the merits of the change of status.
Lodge Demolition Costs Questioned
Many local residents called Oyster Bay Civic Association President Marie Knight to complain about the Town of Oyster Bay's involvement in the demolition of private property: the Matinecock Lodge at 14 West Main Street. Ms. Knight brought the complaint to the town board at their Oct. 28 meeting. She said people assumed the workers would be receiving time and a half for working on the weekend and that they were concerned with their tax dollars being spent unwisely. She said she had called the town and received the answer, but wanted the public to hear the story.
Ashley Peterson Olympic Hopeful
Supervisor Venditto presented Ashley with a town citation in recognition of all of her accomplishments. The supervisor was very impressed with Ms. Peterson, when he met her. He said, "If it is true that our future is only as bright as our young people, then it is looking very bright with young people like Ashley."
LISS Funds Two Local Programs
For the third year, diamondback terrapins in Oyster Bay Harbor have caught the eye of the Long Island Sound Study (LISS). Matthew Draud, chair of the biology department at Long Island University, C.W. Post, received $5,000 in funding for his Conservation of Diamondback Terrapins project. The project he said, "is devoted to management and conservation issues. It will take place on Centre Island Beach, their main nesting area. We were trying to get money to put up a fence, a trail and some informational placards," he said.