We have recently had poor contact with the Theodore Roosevelt Association. We are still waiting for the press release about their appointing Thomas J. Kehoe of East Northport to their executive committee. He is the president of K & B Seafood, founded in 1992. The press release in the Guardian said, the company, "Is considered to be the premiere East Coast source for shellfish and seafood."
We always thought that was Frank M. Flower & Son, Inc. Hmmm.
But this détente between the TRA and the Enterprise Pilot is new. It was not true many years ago when we were the preferred newspaper both for President Theodore Roosevelt, and for the TRA. Many years ago the Guardian had not favored the erection of the bandstand at Townsend Park opposite the post office, we were told by the late Dr. John Gable, executive director of the TRA.
He used this newspaper when the larger press ignored an issue he wanted touted and we were the media he chose. After the article appeared in the Enterprise Pilot, The New York Times came through and carried the story.
All this to say, that is the newspaper business. And the scales balance over time. It is why we feel faint at the mention of praise. It is so fleeting.
Well, the crux of the story is that we have no comments from the TRA on the town's change of venue for the proposed museum. One would expect they are reeling from having to do a new architectural rendering and from now being placed closer to the water which means an even higher elevation for the museum to get it out of the way of flood waters.
But to be kind, we are going to press on President's Day and when the TRA offices open on Tuesday, we may become a favored source and hear from them.
Until then, it's going to be an exciting ride as people now attend the March 31 town board meeting instead of the Feb. 24 meeting to see Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto sign the agreement to lease Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to the TRA for their proposed TR Presidential Museum.
Again - if we can go back to journalism's roots - this all gives us wonderful stories to write. What could be better?
And as you know... it is the regular citizens of this wonderful community who are the engine of our reality. -DFK