Written by Georgi DeMartino, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00
The Chocolate Lady, a small business that can satisfy any chocolate craving, had its grand re-opening in Buckingham’s of Oyster Bay, on Jan. 17. The event opening brought members from the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce together, as well as supporters from the community. Legislator Judy Jacobs was also on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony and to present a citation.
There were more than 25 different types of chocolate to pick and choose from, in addition to premade boxes, with selections that ranged from simple milk chocolate to sea-salted caramel chocolate.
The Chocolate Lady will be participating in the 2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Festival on Feb. 9 and Feb. 10. This feast will give community members a chance to celebrate the holiday with their family, instead of just a significant other.
Lee Perrotta, owner of The Chocolate Lady, believes that chocolate is not only positive for a person’s body and soul, but it also benefits the economy. Perrotta first discovered her love for the art of chocolate while teaching culinary school.
She has since embraced chocolate, and can do almost anything with it, from the basic hot chocolate beverage, to chocolate portraits and sculptures.
Each year she goes to the West Indies to see the production of the chocolate and what it is going to look like for the upcoming year.
“I go every year because it’s who I am,” said Perrotta. She learned shortly after realizing her love for chocolate that the fascination has been in the family for generations. Her great-great aunt was the original Chocolate Lady.
Her dream in life is to open a Chocolate Lady Museum and Institute for Learning, where she would have tours, lectures, children’s labs, and guest speakers.
Long time friend Jeremy Brown says Perrotta has a “fighting spirit” and is proud of all she has accomplished.
“Lee has become quite the pillar in the community, as a very involved business owner. We love having her with us,” said Michelle Browner, Oyster Bay East Norwich Chamber of Commerce president.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00
With notices now coming in, the first ArtWalk on June 2, was a success. Walter Imperatore, co-chair of the Marketing Committee of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of commerce offered, “We were generally happy with the results. Jim Perna of Long Island Picture Frame, who’s running this event for the chamber, said that he saw an increase in the number of people on the streets. That being said, we were looking to attract more people.”
ArtWalk also gave several artists the opportunity to share their talent with the public as the Arts & Antiques Walk planned for this summer’s Sundays debuted. It is intended to bring people to the hamlet by adding “eye candy” to the streetscape and Julie and David Heiss of the Madd Potter agreed it did.
Saturday, 08 June 2013 00:00
The final 2013 lecture in the John A. Gable series was somewhat different from past lectures. The May 16 lecture showcased Xiomaro’s (pronounced SEE-oh-MAH-ro) wonderful and inspiring “How I love Sagamore Hill” photo collection. Commissioned by Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, and displayed in collaboration with the Oyster Bay Historical Society at the Koenig Center, “How I love Sagamore Hill”, derives from Theodore Roosevelt’s well-known quote to his wife Edith on the day before his death.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
With fans wildly cheering from the sidelines, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Lacrosse team kept rival Cold Spring Harbor at bay before ultimately beating them 9-4 to capture their first ever Class C Nassau County Championship.
Coach Brian Crocco credits the team’s offensive balance with their success in the championship game and throughout the 14-2 season. “What we have found all season is that while we do have a few serious impact players who contribute quite a bit to our offensive success, what has been most remarkable is that we have shared the scoring well, especially in big games. During the championship game, we had seven different goal scorers contribute for the win — two seniors, three juniors, and two sophomores. We have six guys with at least 20 points each this season, so in crucial situations we have found that any number of guys can make a play.”
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
The Oyster Bay High School’s Fencing Team gave a demonstration at Senator Carl Marcellino’s/OBEN Chamber of Commerce Annual Health Fair. The demo started off with a foil bout with Virginia Kemp vs. Lucian Paone, followed by Nina Policano vs. Grey Warwick-Clark in epee and ending with a saber bout of Matt Mahoski vs. Anant Mehrotra. Also present were Head Coach John Bruckner who umpired and gave commentary of the matches with assistant coaches Chris Hammond and Mark Lizza.