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Focus On Facilities

This past Monday was the first school board meeting of the new year for the Oyster Bay School District and it was back to business as Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations Christopher Van Cott outlined the district's facilities update.

“It is a three part plan,” said Van Cott. “We’re focusing on current project status, potential 2014-15 capital reserve items and long-term capital needs.”

Projects that were approved by voters in May of 2012 are replacement and renovation of Oyster Bay High School’s bathrooms, masonry, lockers, outside message board, front plaza and administration building windows.

These projects were delayed approval by the State Education Department because of the priority of Superstorm Sandy projects. They are expected to be bid upon this spring with work expected to start on them in the summer.

“As of now work on the lockers in the high school is primarily complete,” said Van Cott.

Other projects that were voter approved last May are window replacement in the Teddy Roosevelt School, upgrades to gas service in the high school and Vernon, HVAC improvements in Teddy Roosevelt and replacement of the science wing windows in the high school.

These projects were submitted to the SED in November 2013 and are expected to be approved this spring.

Potential capital reserve items which will be voted on in May include construction and new equipment for school parking lots, windows, roofs, masonry, field house renovation, bathrooms and sidewalks.

The existing capital reserve has a term of twenty years expiring in June 2026. As of June 30, 2013 the capital reserve balance is $3,844,265 with $6.1 million committed/expended.

For 2014-15, potential use of the reserve will go to renovation of high school parking lots and the bus loop and drainage of the tennis courts. Roof repairs and electrical panels will also focused on in the high school. The Vernon School will have exterior masonry work and ceiling replacements performed. The total for all work not including the tennis courts amounts to $1,425,000.

Van Cott listed long term capital projects as the “Big Ticket” items.

“Our future needs will be focused on the athletic fields at the Christie Property, the high school’s art and music wing expansion, the Vernon module building and an AC unit for the high school’s auditorium and cafeteria.”

The next business meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21 in the high school library.

News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”

An expert’s tips on bringing the

best of your garden into your home

Right now, Oyster Bay is in bloom. From the well-tended gardens of Planting Fields to unmowed patches near the Shu Swamp preserve, flowers are not just beautify our community, they also are calling out to us to bring them inside our homes to add color and fragrance. You don’t hear them? Trust me, the flowers in your garden are even calling you by name.

But don’t just stuff a bouquet in a vase. Make them look as good and last as long as possible. To find out how to do that, as well as how to improve your backyard flora, I asked Scott Lucas, the greenhouse supervisor of Old Westbury Gardens for some advice. He invited to join him in his cutting garden.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



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