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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

Our experience of 9/11 has changed; today it is seen as part of a journey and not an isolated event. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, President Barack Obama spoke to the nation saying the battle against terrorism is ongoing. 

 

That awareness that we had gone through the experience of the fall of the Twin Towers and had rebounded, but the danger is not over, and the battle is still to be won was repeated by Senator Carl Marcellino at the Day of Commemoration at the Oyster Bay 9/11 Memorial Garden on the Western Waterfront on Thursday evening.

“Visitation is up 300 percent,” said Harriet Gerard Clark, Raynham Hall Museum director.

“Two-thirds of them come because of reading the book by Brian Kilmeade, George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution, and seeing the series ‘Turn’ on A&E,” added Tom Valentine, docent, who keeps the list of visitors. Soon the series will include the story of Robert Townsend of Oyster Bay who was known as Culper, Jr. when he was a spy for George Washington.

Alex Sutherland, director of education, nailed his definition. “He was the most important spy for George Washington because he had the perfect cover. He was pretending to be a Loyalist and writing for a Loyalist newspaper and befriending British officers at his coffee shop in downtown New York while secretly collecting information.


Sports

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.

Ice Dreams, an Olympic Ice Show starring 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jason Brown and aspiring local skaters, is coming to Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Sept. 20.

Isabella Skvarla, 13, Julia Tauter, 12, and Chiara Vlacich, 12, all of Oyster Bay, Julia Forte, 12, of Locust Valley and Riley Stein, 11, of Bayville will be skating in the world class show to celebrate the opening of the best figure skating facility Long Island has ever seen.


Calendar

Art In A Meadow

Saturday, Sept. 13

Bayville Oktoberfest

Saturday, Sept. 13 - Sunday, Sept. 14

Hurricane Preparedness

Tuesday, Sept. 16



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