Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 30 August 2013 00:00
Much progress has been made to enhance the historic hamlet of Oyster Bay — and the entire Oyster Bay-East Norwich community.
The most recent example is the installation of a dozen or so new antique lampposts on historic West Main Street in Oyster Bay early this summer, courtesy of funding secured by Legislator Judy Jacobs and the town. According to OB-EN Chamber of Commerce Board of Director member Rob Brusca, the funding was initially offered solely for lamp installations on West Main Street. Soon thereafter, however, the town generously offered to assist further with additional grant funding for more lamps and installation services—ultimately resulting in the addition of 35 new antique lamps throughout the downtown (28 are installed, with seven planned for installation in the near future), including on East Main Street, in front of the historic Oyster Bay Post Office, and heading north on upper Audrey Avenue leading to the historic train station, where construction of the new alternate entrance to Theodore Roosevelt Park will begin this fall.
After the recent installation of the lamps, the Chamber purchased and installed hanging baskets on the new lamps, providing a profusion of beautiful pink petunias that brighten the streets. Hector, the sexton at Christ Church with a “green thumb,” has been tapped by the Chamber to assure that the baskets are properly watered and continue to thrive throughout the summer season.
Chamber President Dottie Simons said, “We are grateful to the town and to Legislator Jacobs for their generosity and ongoing assistance in the near complete installation of the 35 lamps. In addition, our generous partners at the OB Main Street Association have now secured 16 more antique lamps that will be installed starting on South Street, from about the Carvel and Wild Honey corners, south to about Gulden’s Bakery on the west side of the street and just south of Mike’s Barbershop on the east side. The goal is to continue to seek funding in order to proceed further north and further south on South Street with the lamps, ideally to the Commander Tanks to the north and as far south as the Teddy Roosevelt Statue.”
When the first “phase” of these installations are completed — anticipated by year’s end — the hamlet will enjoy the addition of 51 new antique lampposts. “With the ongoing partnership of the many local organizations and the ongoing support of our Town and County governments, we are confident that more good things are to come. We hope so! Job well done all,” said Brusca.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
To enter Raynham Hall on any given day is to step back in time. A recent Sunday, however, had visitors experiencing an especially poignant glimpse into life as it was during the Victorian age as Michael Goudket performed an uncanny portrayal of the infamous Dickens’ character, Ebeneezer Scrooge.
“Storytelling was one of the main sources of entertainment for people in those days,” said Goudket.
It therefore seems fitting that the art of storytelling be experienced in the Victorian parlor of the museum with one of the era’s most popular novellas, A Christmas Carol.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than with music, and critically acclaimed pianist Stan Wiest will be hosting a holiday sing-a-long at Locust Valley Library to help get everyone in the mood on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Wiest has been playing piano since he was 5 years old, and now, at age 69, has recorded his first CD; an album that has been so well-received, it is a top seller on Amazon.com. The talented pianist spent much of his early career traveling and says he played every supper club in Manhattan, while also working full time on a TV soap opera. To promote his album, his local circuit also includes a presentation at Forest Books in Glen Cove on Dec. 12.
About 30 years ago, Wiest stopped traveling to be with his wife and kids and has been running a music entertainment business in Fort Salonga. Now, with his new album, he’s back on the road, something he never expected to happen at this point in his life.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With grit, determination and all-out teamwork, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Soccer team completed their quest for a third state soccer championship, defeating a tough Lansing High School, 1-0, in the New York Class C State Championships.
Both teams kept the game at a tight 0-0, until 20 minutes into the second half, when a throw-in from senior Patrick Moodhe (Manhasset) connected with the head of senior Jon Nierenberg (Sands Point) for the game’s only goal.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Nicole Giannetti entered her third cross country state meet in her career with one goal in mind: to place in the top 20 and earn an all-state medal. After finishing 38th in 2011 and 26th in 2010, the goal was definitely within her reach.
“She was ranked 25th according to one website, so we knew it was going to be close,” said Coach Kevin Cotter. “After looking at some of the times of her competitors, I told her she could potentially finish in the top 10. If she fell short, at least she would still remain in the top 20 and earn that elusive medal.”