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Feasting For Flowers

Seasonal Splendor, Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce the chamber’s annual event to raise funds for plants to decorate the hamlet, was held at Dodds & Eder Home on April 28, where a ribbon cutting ceremony also took place. The garden entrance to the store was the perfect reflection of how greenery, plants and flowers enhance our lives.

As the OBEN Chamber website said, “Well, it’s official! Dottie Simons, president of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce and her business partner Carrie Leopold have made their dreams come true and have purchased Dodds & Eder, Oyster Bay,” now known as Dodds & Eder Home.

Past President Michele Browner said the chamber would soon have a total of 60 lampposts in position; they have been adding antique lampposts capable of holding flower baskets and wreaths to decorate the downtown commercial areas for some time, thanks to contributions from the Main Street Association of Oyster Bay and the Town of Oyster Bay.

Local restaurateurs donated the food for the Seasonal Splendor feast. The food was “awesome,” with baked stuffed clams and Swedish meatballs from the Coach Grill & Tavern served by owner Rustin Lundstrum. He was named for his Swedish grandfather. Mark Fox of Canterbury Ales was offering raw oysters on the half shell and large succulent cooked shrimp. Chef John Brill of Jack Halyards American Bar & Grill was doing the final grilling on Cubano sandwiches, as owner Bernie DelBello, a board member circulated among the guests. Also serving food were Sweet Tomato and Harborside Deli.

Elected officials attending included: Nassau County Legislator 18th District Donald MacKenzie, Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, Director of Business Development Nicholas Terzulli and Town Councilwoman Michelle Johnson. Terzulli presented the chamber with a citation from Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, for community beautification. Also attending was Richard LaMarca, who will be inducted as an Oyster Bay Civic Association board at its May meeting, as will Charleen Niznik, to complete that board.

An added attraction for the night was Julie Heiss of the Madd Potter, giving demonstrations on her potter’s wheel.

Walter Imperatore said, “The pottery wheel was great, but I’m not planning my summer line of clay products yet.”

Jim Perna from Long Island Picture Frame and Art Gallery and Meredith Maus also gave it a shot.

There is a new chamber name incorporating what their logo states. They are the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce. The chamber has just started adding it to their email blasts. It sort of flows along on your tongue gracefully and it gives the message that “this town is historic.” Their email blast format is being renovated in what is a new and easier way to access the information about what is going in this historic town.

For more information about the chamber call 516-922-6464.

News

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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