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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

A lot of people think that our world would be better off without all of the insects in it. Not so, according to Lois Lindberg, volunteer naturalist at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Lindberg and fellow naturalist Wendy Albin gave a presentation about the importance of butterflies and insects in our ecosystem at the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s former home on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Butterflies and other insects are very important in nature,” said Lindberg. “People see bees, wasps and ants and other insects as pests, but they actually contribute to our ecosystem by each doing their own unique job. They pollinate the flowers and fruits and without them we would not be able to eat a lot of the stuff we eat every day.”

Building J at Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront is again up and running as the Ida May Project builds the 40-passenger oyster boat that will be operated by the WaterFront Center. The Ida May Project of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building.

Bill Shephard, Herb Scheirhorst, President Clint Smith and Project Manager Hank Tiska were there on a recent Thursday. Smith had left at around 2 p.m. to get a part he had at home they needed to fix the tractor they use to move the logs they cut to size in their saw mill. Fixing their equipment and cutting logs are some of the many projects that encompass the work.


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.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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