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NYS DOT Approves New Entrance For TR Park At Audrey Avenue

Work needs DOT and LIRR approval with a June 2015 deadline

The Town of Oyster Bay received approval from the NYS DOT in an Aug. 28 letter, to relocate the existing at-grade pedestrian crossing over the Oyster Bay Branch of the LIRR from Maxwell Avenue to Audrey Avenue. The move will make the entrance to Theodore Roosevelt Park visible from the Audrey Avenue bandstand crossroads.

Bill Bell, Oyster Bay Railroad Museum development director said, “The letter of approval from the NYS DOT brought smiles to a lot of faces this week. The relocation of the TR Park pedestrian entrance has been a long held goal of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum and our community organization partners. This will mark a truly transformative step in the revitalization of the Audrey Ave. extension, as well as the rest of the downtown. 

“The museum is truly grateful for the enthusiastic support of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association, the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce, and the numerous other community and civic organizations that helped make this happen,” he added.

The Oyster Bay Railroad Museum has a design for a plaza in their area at the end of Audrey Avenue designed for them by Saratoga Associates. It will finish off the area by the new entrance to TR Park. Mr. Bell said, “We are hoping that when the work is done for moving the pedestrian walkway, the plaza work can somehow fold into the whole project since they will have the materials and equipment needed for the work at that time and location.”

Approvals Needed

The move is contingent on several points including that all warning devices installed at the crossing be in accordance with applicable federal, state and railroad safety standards; all the design plans and warning devices need to be submitted to the NYS DOT’s Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Section for review and approval; all the design, installation and construction costs for the proposed crossing should be paid by the Town of Oyster Bay, (the LIRR will construct the crossing); the LIRR will be responsible for all future maintenance costs on the crossing, and lastly, the Maxwell Avenue crossing be closed.

The DOT added that the work must be completed on or before June 30, 2015 or the approval will be rescinded without any further action by them.

The Town of Oyster Bay asked for the relocation in line with their work on restoring and renovating Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. The schedule for the work is to be announced.  

The town explained, “While we have had an agreement with the LIRR on the scope of work based upon our conceptual plans, our engineers will now complete the final design of the new crossing in conjunction with the LIRR. As a condition of our approval, the NYSDOT must review and approve these plans which will add an undetermined amount of time to our schedule for construction.”

The town spokesperson Brian DeVine said, “The town would like to complete this work as part of the Phase 2 Improvements project for the park, but as approval by the NYSDOT is now required for the crossing portion of the work, the crossing may be constructed separately, depending on the time it will take to receive NYSDOT approval and what additional requirements the NYSDOT may have above what is shown on the conceptual plans shown at the hearing. 

“As far as budget, if the current plans are not significantly altered, work will be performed under the Phase 2 budget.  If there are substantial changes to the plans, work may be delayed to the next budget cycle.”

At the moment, the town has no estimate as to the cost of the crossing. Mr. DeVine explained, “Since final design documents have not yet been produced, and since there is the potential for changes to the plans after NYSDOT review, it is premature to release estimated costs at this time.”

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Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


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