Written by Pat Aitken, email@example.com Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00
Environmentalists and residents gathered at the Cold Spring Harbor Library on Feb. 21 to learn what plans the North Shore Land Alliance has for the former Exxon Mobil site. The site is located on the harbor, northwest of the village of Cold Spring Harbor, on Shore Road.
Lisa Ott, president of the NSLA reviewed the organization’s mission, which is to “protect and preserve, in perpetuity, the green spaces, farmlands, wetlands, groundwater and historical sites of Long Island’s North Shore for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations and the protection and enhancement of quality of life.”
Ott then went on to give a brief history of the site. The tanks were taken down between 2005 and 2006, and remediation of the site was conducted by Exxon Mobil. A notice of “no further action” necessary was issued by the Department of Environmental Conservation in March 2011.
The site is eight acres, of which two are underwater. The dominant habitat is a rare maritime grassland which will be restored, along with the salt marsh and beach area. It is anticipated that a full restoration may take as long as ten years, depending on availability of funding. There will be a parking space for four to five cars. Louise Harrison spoke up to remind everyone present how rare is to get a donation of such a significant and environmentally important waterfront property.
The Exxon Mobil Site is bordered by the Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club and Eagle Dock.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.
“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”
Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:03
Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.
This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:44
A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.
In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.