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OBEN CC Snowflakes Survive Sandy

Michele Browner, Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce (OBENCC) president  thanked guests for supporting their Light Up the Holidays fundraiser held at the Sagamore Yacht Club on Nov. 29. “Tonight a few snowflakes have gone up,” she said. Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs nodded her head and said she saw them coming down Pine Hollow Road. They were a welcoming sight after the power outages during Hurricane Sandy, which left a footprint on Long Island.

The north shore was lucky, said Ms. Browner, and that in spite of all the cleanup work the Town of Oyster Bay highway crews have been doing, they still devoted some time to the snowflakes. [That evening town workers were spotted cleaning up the remains of the tree that blocked Pine Hollow Road that was taken down by Sandy on Oct. 30.]

President Browner said, “Over six years, 55 snowflakes have been purchased through fundraisers; as well as a dozen wreaths. Only a handful of them will go up this year, but we are thrilled.” She added, that here on the north shore the effects of Sandy have been minimal as compared to the south shore.

“We have a little less snowflakes — 24 will go up — but we’ll make up for it with spirit,” said Michele.

She thanked Shari Cope-Dembowski, OBCC administrative assistant, and Dottie Simons, Dodds & Eder manager, for helping change the light bulbs on the snowflakes. “There are 250 bulbs per snowflake. The snow was not kind to them. That is why every year we hold a fundraiser. We store the snowflakes in a warehouse in Syosset to keep them safe but the OBENCC pays the LIPA bill which comes to $5,000.  This year the Oyster Bay Main Street Association joined us in supporting the project.” She thanked Meredith Maus, their grant writer.

Ms. Browner said next year the area will be fully adorned with lights.

 

Grand Openings

“Oyster Bay has done very well for businesses. On Dec. 8 there will be three Ribbon Cutting ceremonies for new businesses: the Knitted Purl, La Nonna Pizzeria and the Long Island Picture Frame and Art  Gallery. Shari will be sending out e-blasts to remind everyone,” she added.

The Long Island Picture Frame and Art  Gallery is located at 4 Audrey Ave. They are holding a Deck Your Walls wine and cheese reception on Dec. 8, from noon to 9 p.m. 

Walter Imperatore, marketing chair. added, “Join us Saturday, Dec. 8, in welcoming two new businesses in town. The Knitted Purl, a yarn and fiber arts boutique located at 22 Bayside Avenue in Oyster Bay; and La Nonna’s Pizzeria at 94 South Street.” 

“It’s a great family day, come and enjoy the events and stay for dinner, in our many fine restaurants,” Ms. Browner suggested.

FYI: Canterbury Ales is offering their annual anniversary special: half price gift certificates. They are on sale on Dec. 15, 22 and 23, right inside their front door. The gift certificates (cash only) come in $50 and  $100 dominations.

At the tables, there were copies of the chamber’s gift directory. It lists both chamber members and non-members. “The goal is to bring people here to shop,” said Ms. Browner.

OB-EN CCC car magnets were set out as table-dressing and President Browner encouraged people to take them, so that as they drive around, others will see Oyster Bay is a great place to shop.

News

Our experience of 9/11 has changed; today it is seen as part of a journey and not an isolated event. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, President Barack Obama spoke to the nation saying the battle against terrorism is ongoing. 

 

That awareness that we had gone through the experience of the fall of the Twin Towers and had rebounded, but the danger is not over, and the battle is still to be won was repeated by Senator Carl Marcellino at the Day of Commemoration at the Oyster Bay 9/11 Memorial Garden on the Western Waterfront on Thursday evening.

“Visitation is up 300 percent,” said Harriet Gerard Clark, Raynham Hall Museum director.

“Two-thirds of them come because of reading the book by Brian Kilmeade, George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution, and seeing the series ‘Turn’ on A&E,” added Tom Valentine, docent, who keeps the list of visitors. Soon the series will include the story of Robert Townsend of Oyster Bay who was known as Culper, Jr. when he was a spy for George Washington.

Alex Sutherland, director of education, nailed his definition. “He was the most important spy for George Washington because he had the perfect cover. He was pretending to be a Loyalist and writing for a Loyalist newspaper and befriending British officers at his coffee shop in downtown New York while secretly collecting information.


Sports

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.

Ice Dreams, an Olympic Ice Show starring 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jason Brown and aspiring local skaters, is coming to Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Sept. 20.

Isabella Skvarla, 13, Julia Tauter, 12, and Chiara Vlacich, 12, all of Oyster Bay, Julia Forte, 12, of Locust Valley and Riley Stein, 11, of Bayville will be skating in the world class show to celebrate the opening of the best figure skating facility Long Island has ever seen.


Calendar

Art In A Meadow

Saturday, Sept. 13

Bayville Oktoberfest

Saturday, Sept. 13 - Sunday, Sept. 14

Hurricane Preparedness

Tuesday, Sept. 16



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