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New Owners; Same Dodds & Eder

Dodds & Eder has a new owner, but you can relax, it will stay the same. Employees Dorothy Simons and Cary Leopold have purchased the retail part of the business and will continue it as Dodds & Eder Home. The ladies purchased the store from owner Joe McLaughlin. He has been semi-retired for 10 years and enjoys living part time in Florida, said Leopold.

Simons is the longtime manager of Dodds & Eder and is the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce President. “Dottie and I have basically been running the business for years,” said Leopold.

A Huntington resident, she worked at D&E when she was a senior in high school and while attending college. “And so I’ve always worked here,” she said.

The women have purchased the retail part of the business. The store has always had a three-pronged ownership style. English Country Flowers run by Cindi and George Mudford and the landscaping business run by David McLaughlin will remain as they are currently.

 “I have been here since 1996 and Dorothy has been here longer,” said Leopold. “We are starting a new company that will be known as Dodds & Eder Home. It will be on our letterhead.”

The business has always been run seasonally with the fourth quarter dedicated to Christmas. “Now it is all ready for the spring,” said Leopold.

The women will be selling outdoor furniture which has become a large part of the business. Their store in Sag Harbor is primarily for outdoor furniture. Here in Oyster Bay they add home décor items and gift items. There will always be something fun to buy for gifts, for yourself or friends, at D&E. They don’t plan to continue to sell plants.

Warehouse Treasure Sale

On Thursday, Jan. 30 they are holding a Warehouse Sale. “We are selling off furniture sets that we are not going forward with, and getting ready to bring in new items. We are constantly changing and now we are getting ready for the spring,” said Leopold.

It was Patricia McSkane of the Knitted Purl who alerted the Enterprise-Pilot about the news at D&E. She said, “Dodds and Eder is under new ownership and to celebrate they are having a 'Warehouse Treasure Sale’ and hosting our next ‘Crochet Boot Camp,’ yippee!

“We will be casting on crochet stitches, enjoying light refreshments, and getting a sneak peek at the sale going on, all while making panels for our Hand-Stitched Hamlet installation. So strap on your snow boots, put on your smushiest most yum delish scarf, refresh your lip gloss, grab a few friends and get out for a little girl time,” said McSkane.

Some History

Dodds & Eder was originally a feed and grain store on West Main Street that Joe McLaughlin bought, expanded and then moved to the current location. The store opened with a reception and Joe and Patty’s three red-headed daughters were beautiful to see, dressed in velvet with their hair done in elegant braids.

Dodds & Eder is located at 221 South Street. For information call 516-922-4412. The Knitted Purl is located at 89 South Street. For information please call 558-7800.

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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