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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

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”

The Oyster Bay community paid tribute to award winning journalist Marie Colvin at Oyster Bay High School on Saturday, Oct. 11. The school library was officially dedicated in her name and a portrait of the journalist who died on the frontlines in Syria in 2012 was proudly displayed at the entrance of the library. The event was put together by members of the Oyster Bay class of 1974 who held their 40th class reunion over the weekend.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dennis O’Hara gave a short speech in honor of Colvin’s name. Nassau County legislators Judi Jacobs and Donald MacKenzie also gave speeches, along with Colvin’s sister, Catherine Colvin, and Donna Fiore-Houman, who helped coordinate the event. Both were members of the class of ‘74. Founding dean of the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University, Howard Schneider, also gave a small speech at the end of the ceremony.


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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com