In this very active community there are two events that offer you a chance to participate in to help the community. The first one takes place on Saturday, April 25. You are invited as individuals, families, groups and organizations to help in the Oyster Bay Harbor and Beach Cleanup. It is the annual cleanup of debris washed ashore along the bay. Spend the day and make a difference in the continued good health of the harbor.

It is amazing how much debris washes ashore and it is amazing how well the program has helped in recent years to keep the beaches clean.

In thanks for your help, the North Oyster Bay Baymen's Association is sponsoring a barbecue, including Oyster Bay clams, for volunteers. For more information about the event please call 677-5943 or check in at the town website: oysterbaytown.com. The project is a joint enterprise between the Friends of the Bay, the North Oyster Bay Baymen's Association and the Town of Oyster Bay. Give a thought to volunteering - to this rain-or-shine event.

The next opportunity to support your town is on Wednesday, April 29 at the Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins location on Pine Hollow Road in the CVS Shopping Center. From 5 to 10 p.m. local members of the Oyster Bay Fire Department and the East Norwich Junior Firefighters will be serving ice cream at 31 cents a scoop in honor of the 31 flavors of Baskin Robbins. Be there to support our local firefighters.

Senator Carl L. Marcellino on April 13, applauded the U.S. Department of Commerce decision to turn down the Broadwater project, a proposed floating liquefied natural gas barge in Long Island Sound that local residents and environmental groups came out to fight.

"It is truly significant to have the U.S. Department of Commerce to independently concur that Broadwater is wrong for Long Island Sound. If we are to protect the Sound's ecology and economic significance, then the only reasonable position is to reject Broadwater and find an alternative," said Senator Marcellino.

Numerous environmental concerns have been raised regarding the project including the disturbance of 7,000 square feet of sea floor on which the vessel would be anchored and a 25-mile ditch along the bottom of the Sound to accommodate pipeline connections. In addition, tankers traveling in and out of the Sound two to three times a week would bring in added pollution while industrializing the horizon like never seen before. Further questions remain, regarding gas leaks, explosions, or tankers that become disabled and run ashore as a result of human error, terrorism or natural disasters.

"Broadwater will not solve our energy problems and if we know one thing for certain, it is not going to benefit our local environment. All who greatly value the Sound's ecological significance and its contribution to the region's quality of life and to the regional economy should be thrilled with this determination," Marcellino said.

"I join with residents, environmentalists and with any person who has ever boated, fished, sailed or enjoyed a LI Sound sunset, and thank the U.S. Department of Commerce for saying no to the construction of Broadwater," Senator Marcellino said.

Please add our voice to that thank you! - DFK

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