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Volunteer Appreciation Installation

Part of the success of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce is that they are appreciative of the work of their volunteers. They thanked all those who helped them over the year as they held their Installation Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 27 at The Italian American Club. The Coach Grill & Tavern catered the dinner and served hot hors d’oeuvres.

Nassau County Legislator Donald MacKenzie gave the oath of office to the chamber members. He also “pinned” new board member Colleen McKean. She is a marketing professor at Stony Brook University and is a member of the Oyster Bay High School PTSA, and is one of the organizers of their fundraiser the Taste of the Town. This year it will be held on May 15.

Sally Robilotto was honored for her service to the chamber and given a gift and a bouquet of flowers. Walter Imperatore said, “Sally has retired from the board. She was our secretary and was always there for Cruise Night as well.”

It was a great time to hear all about what’s going on in town. That includes the Hand-Stitched Hamlet community art project which, under the leadership of Patricia McSkane, is going along “sewingly.” If you would like to become involved in a Crochet Boot Camp please call 516-558-7800 to sign up for the next event.

The chamber calendar of events includes: Cruise Nights under the chairmanship of Austin Azzaretto which begins on Tuesday, May 20 and runs from 5:45 to 9 p.m.

The Spring Splendor event takes place on Monday, April 28 at Dodds & Eder Home at 7 p.m. (a ticket price has not been determined as yet), which will fund their Beautification & Seasonal Street Decorations program.

The 11th Annual Health Fair, again chaired by health professional Michele Browner, takes place in May with a date still to be decided upon. This year will be the 9th Annual Brooke Jackman Race for Literacy, which traditionally is held the same day as the Health Fair. The date and times of both will be announced later.

The ArtWalk and Exhibitions program is being chaired by Jim Perna of Long Island Picture Frame & Art Gallery. He is exploring a new approach for the project this year. He has a lot of artists interested in the event based on last year’s successful program held on Sundays during the summer.

The Taste of the Town event, a fundraiser for the Oyster Bay High School PTSA, takes place on Thursday, May 15.

The WaterFront Center’s annual Bay Day event is scheduled for Sunday, June 1.

A Business Expo is planned for member to receive professional services and for people interested in doing business in Oyster Bay with no date set as yet, said Imperatore.

The Harbor and Beach Cleanup by the Friends of Oyster Bay, Town of Oyster Bay and the North Oyster Bay Baymen Association takes place on April 26. At the same time the chamber is coordinating a hamlet cleanup and planting event with time and details to be announced.

A food drive was another topic the chamber discussed. Last year they collected food donations for Long Island Cares, the Harry Chapin Food Bank, during Cruise Night and plan to do it again. They are looking for more ways to help the community.

The chamber has also begun a group, the Friends of the Hamlet, for people who are interested in working with the cleanup and beautification projects, as well as the Hand-Stitched Hamlet project. “For those who sponsor a tree or pole for the Hand-Stitched Project, they become a member of the chamber group for a year,” said Imperatore.

Chamber President Dottie Simons said that they, and heads of other organizations in town, are waiting for a date to be set for a meeting with the Town of Oyster Bay to get an update on what is happening at Firemen’s Field. President Simons added, “However, we have heard that a ground breaking is expected within the next month for moving the entrance to the park.” The town is planning to change the small walk-in entrance off Maxwell Avenue about 20 feet east, to line up with Audrey Avenue.

The 2014 officers are: Dottie Simons, president; Walter Imperatore, vice president; immediate past president, Michele Browner; Susan Dembo, secretary; and John DeLillo, treasurer. The board directors are: Austin Azzaretto, Robert Brusca, Esq., Bernie DelBello, Catherine Drabin, Tina Mazzarella; John McEvoy; Colleen McKean; Chuck Panetta; Dawn Rilery; Bob Santos; Davis Waldo; and Fran Walker. Shari Cope-Dembowski is the administrative assistant of the chamber. She is in charge of their weekly e-blast that keeps the community informed with what is going on in the community. For more information call the chamber at 516-922-6464.

News

The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund and the Oyster Bay Rotary Club hosted the annual Oyster Festival “Kick-Off” press conference on Friday, Aug. 15 at the flagpole in Theodore Roosevelt Park.

In attendance were NY State Senator Carl Marcelino and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, both Honorary Oyster Festival Chairmen; Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr.; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coshignano; Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michelle Johnson; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph Pinto; Oyster Bay Rotary President Judy Wasilchuk; Verizon Title Sponsor Representative, Director of Government Affairs Patrick Lespinasse; Executive Director, h2empower, African Studies Specialist Helen Boxwill; Oyster Festival Sports Representative James Werner; Long Island Rough Riders Representative Sarah Culmo and Emcee Harlan Friedman.

The 31st annual Oyster Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

A lot of people think that our world would be better off without all of the insects in it. Not so, according to Lois Lindberg, volunteer naturalist at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Lindberg and fellow naturalist Wendy Albin gave a presentation about the importance of butterflies and insects in our ecosystem at the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s former home on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Butterflies and other insects are very important in nature,” said Lindberg. “People see bees, wasps and ants and other insects as pests, but they actually contribute to our ecosystem by each doing their own unique job. They pollinate the flowers and fruits and without them we would not be able to eat a lot of the stuff we eat every day.”


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

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.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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