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Dunkin’ Donuts Fuels Politicians

Supervisor John Venditto’s penchant for Dunkin’ Donuts extolled

Dunkin’ Donuts recently took advantage of Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto’s affinity to their brand to invite him to speak at the first dinner for their new charity foundation.

Usually the Oyster Bay Town Board meetings, scheduled for 10 a.m. don’t start on time. Mr. Venditto has often apologized for his being late giving the reason that he stopped at the Dunkin’ Donuts for a toasty hot beverage — his is actually decaffeinated tea. On Oct. 16, the meeting started on time. It was a short meeting. As it concluded, the supervisor said, “Bill Bleyer is 29 minutes late.” [FYI: Newsday reporter Bill Bleyer wrote a short piece about  Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto and his being late for town meetings because of a stop at the Dunkin’ Donuts near his home.]

Mr. Venditto said he enjoyed the piece Mr. Bleyer wrote, “having a lot of fun with Dunkin’ Donuts.”

The supervisor said his office received a call and one of his administrative assistants, Anthony Esposito, told him  of Dunkin’ Donuts inviting him to an upcoming event for dinner and an invitation to talk about his love of their brand, and how it “keeps him running.”

Mr. Venditto said, “They offered to send coffee and baked goods to the next town board meeting to be sure I would be on time.

“I attended and got a goodie bag. When I spoke I told them, ‘Dunkin’ Donuts keeps politicians running for office.”

The supervisor told Dunkin’ Donuts he would donate the gift bag and a gift card to charity.

Home Town Chats

It appears that Dunkin’ Donuts is where the supervisor interfaces with the public. The supervisor himself mentioned his Dunkin’ Donuts stops at an Aug. 15 board meeting when he referred to residents complaining to him about the TOB tree ordinance, saying that residents told him it was intruding on their homeowner rights. Those complaints took hold of the supervisor and it became the basis of a hearing to repeal/alter the town tree ordinance. The town held a second meeting on Sept. 4 on the tree ordinance and they are still looking at comments from the public before they decide what to do.

Foundation Dinner

Mr. Venditto attended the Dunkin’ Donuts Baskin’ Robbins Community Foundation dinner held at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Garden City on Monday, Oct. 15.

According to a reliable source, “Mr. Venditto mingled with several franchisees along with the Dunkin’ Donuts Baskin’ Robbins Community Foundation chairs. It was great to have him come out and support the DDBRCF, which has done some great things in the local community.”

The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin’ Robbins Charitable Foundation (DDBRCF) hosted their first-ever charity fundraiser at Ruth’s Chris Steak House with the goal of raising money for local Long Island charities, as well as to present donations to  the Long Island Cares food bank, the Special Olympics  Long Island and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Greater NY.

The event was attended by more than 50 Long Island Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin’ Robbins franchisees, who were excited to give back to their communities and to help support local issues including safety, hunger and children’s needs.

News

Serving Oyster Bay and the rest of Long Island since 1990, Periwinkles is an Oyster Bay business on Audrey Avenue that assists with event planning, staging and staffing and catering a multitude of different events. Periwinkles was started by Pat Spafford, who was encouraged to take her passion and make it a career.

 

“I was raising a family and doing this part-time,” said Spafford. “One of my clients encouraged me to make it full-time. Most of my clientele was from Oyster Bay so I settled here. I have a huge affection for the people and the place. It’s great that I have been successful here for so long.” 

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.

 

GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.

 

“I had this idea for a festival years ago, and when I finally nailed down a date, people are coming out of the woodwork to be a part of it,” says Losee.


Sports

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.

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.


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MSA Party - September 17

West Shore Rd. Update - September 18

Harbor Beach Cleanup - September 20


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