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Stop & Shop Renovation Begins For Reopening Planned For Mid-August

New improved store will open with expanded produce and new technology

Stop & Shop on Pine Hollow Road in Oyster Bay is closing but in the famous words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, they could be saying, “I’ll be back...”

Store manager John Buchner was getting all his ducks in a row as he prepared for the closing last Wednesday, July 11. The shelves were looking empty but there was a steady stream of customers doing their last minute shopping – or better still, next few weeks’ shopping. The store is expecting to open again in early to mid-August.

It will open again as a “More upscale store midway between the Whole Foods and Cristina’s Epicure concept but at lower prices,” said Mr. Buchner. Nick Meriates, customer service manager said, “It will have an enhanced bounty of perishables and better technology.”

Chris Jorgensen, Stop & Shop CEO of CAO (computer assisted ordering) said the systems he manages are for overall inventory that watches as product sales go through the register and are reordered. He was helping at the closing which meant that after 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, they had 24 hours to empty the store to hand it over for renovation.

The new store will work with a new Stop & Shop App for cell phones. Shoppers can pass their phone over the barcode number of the item they are purchasing and when they arrive at the register, the information is scanned into the system to instantly create a bill.

They will also have the do-it-yourself stations where customers themselves can pass their purchases through a bar coding machine to register for payment.

The men said it’s going to be a beautiful change. They are freshening up everything to create a new store and will be expanding the line to carry an organic line, a gluten-free area, a prepared food section, a full service fish center, and full service meat counter handling quality Angus beef.

Workers from the Oyster Bay store will be going to the Glen Cove and Woodbury stores as they wait for the reopening.

Allison Gameoa is one of the people going to the Glen Cove store. She was working at the customer service desk on Wednesday and said some people were going to work overnight on Thursday to get everything out of the store.

Some light deliveries were still being made on Wednesday, including a surprise one of a wheelbarrow full of hydrangea bushes that the manager told them to sell at half price, usually they sell for $25. You may soon see some lovely blue and green hydrangeas blossoming on the lawns of Oyster Bay and East Norwich.

Postcards went out to customers offering them $5 off coupons for the next four weeks on purchases over $30. Each week there is a free product: Barilla Pasta, Nabisco Oreo cookies, Tropicana pure premium orange juice and a Klondike bar package, over the four weeks. The notice included maps of where the Glen Cove (177 Forest Avenue) and Woodbury (8101 Jericho Turnpike) stores are located. Customers can use also use Peapod, the home delivery service for Stop & Shop.

“Mr. Jorgensen said, “I used to have it myself. It is delivered right to your kitchen table if you want.”

If you would like home delivery from Stop & Shop, call Peapod at 326-6995 to arrange delivery. There is a small service charge added to the cost of the foodstuffs. Many working families find it a great time saver.

News

There is a new psychic medium on the North Shore of Long Island to compete with the original “Long Island Medium,” Theresa Caputo. Her name is Mary Drew and she has been working for more than a decade doing private readings. Recently, Drew has expanded her horizons and has been conducting readings at restaurants, public events and fundraisers.

“I discovered my ability to speak and to hear the deceased voices when I was 10 years old,” said Drew, who grew up in Brookville and now resides in Glen Cove. “The first deceased person I had an encounter with was my grandmother and it was a very profound experience, to say the least.”

The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund and the Oyster Bay Rotary Club hosted the annual Oyster Festival “Kick-Off” press conference on Friday, Aug. 15 at the flagpole in Theodore Roosevelt Park.

In attendance were NY State Senator Carl Marcelino and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, both Honorary Oyster Festival Chairmen; Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr.; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coshignano; Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michelle Johnson; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph Pinto; Oyster Bay Rotary President Judy Wasilchuk; Verizon Title Sponsor Representative, Director of Government Affairs Patrick Lespinasse; Executive Director, h2empower, African Studies Specialist Helen Boxwill; Oyster Festival Sports Representative James Werner; Long Island Rough Riders Representative Sarah Culmo and Emcee Harlan Friedman.

The 31st annual Oyster Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.


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