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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

With a general discontent about the view-blocking pedestrian railings recently installed along West Shore Road, the discussion at the Oyster Bay Civic Association meeting on Sept. 18 focused on the possibility of having the road designated as a scenic highway.

This concept was suggested by Gregory Druhak of Centre Island, a regular traveler along West Shore Road, who said, “I believe this is the most scenic drive on Long Island west of the Hamptons, perhaps on all of Long Island itself, and it is not being treated as such. I feel we are being given the Lefferts Boulevard [down by JFK airport] expressway extension instead. For all you can see, it might as well be the Belt Parkway below the fence instead of Oyster Bay. This is wrong.”  

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



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