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View Tall Ships In NY Harbor, Reservations Needed

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 on May 23

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, a parade of ships will be sailing into New York Harbor on May 23, beginning at 8 a.m. The Oyster Bay Historical Society and the Post Library Association are sponsoring a trip to the Brooklyn waterfront to view these spectacular sailing vessels.

Interestingly, President Theodore Roosevelt published his first book, The Naval War of 1812, written partly while he was at Harvard. It set the standard for studies in naval strategy and was required reading at Annapolis for many years.

Elizabeth Roosevelt, a cousin of TR, said the book was especially appreciated by the British “because the events were treated fairly. The book is in two volumes, and I have a copy of them.”

From vantage points at Owl’s Head Park and the 69th Street Pier in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, those in attendance will have the opportunity to take in this historic moment. “The U.S. Coast Guard’s Eagle will be leading the parade of ships,” said Ms. Roosevelt, a sailor herself.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” is on its summer training cruise which includes the War of 1812 Bicentennial event in New York. The Eagle will lead a parade of 17 international tall ships and war ships under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and proceed up to the George Washington Bridge. The participating ships are from countries including Indonesia, Spain, Brazil and France.

The ships will be open for public visitation through May 30 in Manhattan near Pier 86,  in Brooklyn at the Port Authority Piers and on Staten Island at the Sullivans Pier [named for the five Sullivan brothers that died in WWII] at Stapleton.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, “The Eagle was built at the Blohm + Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany in 1936, and commissioned as Horst Wessel: it is one of three sail-training ships operated by the pre-World War II German navy. At the close of the war, the ship was taken as a war reparation by the U.S., re-commissioned as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle and sailed to New London, Connecticut, which has been its home port ever since.

Eagle has offered generations of Coast Guard Academy cadets, and more recently officer candidates, an unparalleled leadership experience at sea. The Eagle departed New London, Connecticut for their spring officer candidate training cruise on April 6, where the officer candidates then sailed the Eagle to New Orleans, Louisiana for the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration and OpSail 2012 kick-off event.

“The annual cadet summer training deployment will commence on May 5, when the first phase of cadets embark Eagle in Savannah, Georgia. Participation in New York City Fleet Week, commemorating the penning of the “Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key in Baltimore, and sailing alongside USS Constitution when she gets underway in Boston harbor on the 4th of July are just a few of the summer’s highlights,” announced the Coast Guard.

FYI: The War of 1812 was the first time the United States had to defend itself after its declaration of independence from the British. The war involved several naval victories from the USS Constitution to Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s defeat of a British fleet on Lake Erie. Commodore Perry is remembered by his slogan, “Don’t give up the ship.” It was the beginning of congress seeing a need to fund a strong navy.

The day trip to Brooklyn will also include a guided tour of nearby Narrows Botanical Garden, and lunch.

To reserve your place and for more information, please contact Derek Stadler of the LIU-Post, Post Library Association at 299-2892. The fee for the trip is $75. Please note that the library expects a response as soon as possible and by May 9 at the latest.  The bus departs the LIU-Post at 6:45 a.m., and returns at 3 p.m.

You may send a check (payable to the Long Island University) to:

LIU-Post, Attn: Post Library Association
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548.

They ask that you send your check with your name, address and phone number included.

News

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



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