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Bayville’s ‘Clam Jam’ Big Success

The 13th annual Bayville Waterside Festival was held at Ransom Beach in Bayville on Sept. 14 and 15, giving residents a reason to get outdoors and enjoy the last official weekend of summer. Though the weather was on the cooler side, particularly on Saturday, people from all around Bayville and surrounding communities came out to enjoy local food, vendors, music and games for the kids, with the glorious beach view as a backdrop to the fair.

“The weather was beautiful, the music was great and the food was wonderful,” said Vincent Moscato, president of the Bayville Chamber of Commerce.

Hosted by the Bayville Chamber of Commerce for the sixth year, the annual fair known as the “Clam Jam” attracts vendors from around the North Shore, including the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association who proudly sell clams and oysters and Gooseberry Grove’s offering of sweet treats. The event used to be organized by the village before the Chamber of Commerce took over. This year, more than 70 vendors were involved.

One couple from Syosset was enjoying the day with their grandson, noting that it was their first time at the festival, and that it had been awhile since they had gotten to Bayville.

The weekend’s activities and attractions included a petting zoo, music by local classic rockers 6Gun5, and a 50/50 raffle.

Chamber member Mike Carrozza, of Bayville Wines, said the event was very well-attended.

“It was one of the more successful events in recent years,” he said.

The money made by the chamber is used to provide scholarships to Locust Valley High School students and for the annual Breakfast with Santa event held in the winter.

“All the money that comes in goes back into the community,” said Carrozza.

Moscato said he was very pleased with the turnout.

“We’re looking forward to doing it again next year,” he said.

News

“I didn’t know I needed my own Teddy Bear,” said a woman after the first annual Teddy’s Taste of the West dinner and fundraiser at Canterbury Ales on March 19.

Members were given an authentic Teddy Bear as a surprise gift at the end of the evening. As they say, membership has its privileges and that includes a June 11 event when Ken Burns will come to share a preview of his new film on three Roosevelts. Burns’ film explores the political and family ties between President Theodore Roosevelt, President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a Roosevelt in her own right.  

The preliminary 2014-15 school budget was adopted at last Tuesday night’s Oyster Bay-East Norwich school board meeting. The proposed budget, which came in at a figure of $54,578,478, is a 2.01 percent difference from the 2013-14 final budget figure of $53,504,111. With a budget to budget change of $1,074,367, it is the lowest expenditure increase in the last 15 years. No programs were cut as a result of balancing this budget.

“The biggest change in budget numbers is in the area of salaries and wages with a budget to budget increase of $683,428,” said School Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld.


Sports

Muttontown resident and Kellenberg freshman Ceara Ann Conroy has been named an All-League athlete for Girls Winter Track. The title of All-League is awarded to athletes based on a vote of all the coaches in the NSCHSAA League. All of the Girls Winter Track coaches in the league vote based on the athletes performance during the season, and Conroy’s outstanding performance has earned her the title of All League this year.

The Girls Varsity Lacrosse program at Oyster Bay High School is just in its second year and already it is making a difference. Senior defender Danielle Maggi has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Albright College.

Last year Maggi was recognized as the “Most Improved Player,” and this year she is being recruited to play in college.

Maggi said, “We did very well in our first varsity season last year (12-2). This year we are 100 percent going for the conference. I’m excited we finally have a varsity team.”


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