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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

The installation of a cell phone antenna in the steeple of the Community Methodist Church of East Norwich has outraged parents, causing them to seek alternative preschool options for their children and resulting in the closing of the nursery school held at the church. The decision to close the school was announced last week, and the school shut its doors on the summer camp on Tuesday.

“We knew this might be coming, since the numbers were so low, but we didn’t know the summer camp would close so soon,” says Carolyn Wilson, who has been teaching at the Wesley United Method Church Nursery School for 35 years.

History will be made on Friday as Nassau Country Club opens its grounds for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, playing host to the tournament which was last played on its greens 100 years ago. The club has been planning for the tournament for the past eight years or so, when the club’s president and mayor of Mill Neck, Peter Quick, says they first discussed having it return to Nassau for the 100 year anniversary. The tournament, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), will have 156 women from all over the world competing for the Robert Cox Trophy and the title of national champion, including twin sisters Jennifer and Kristin Coleman, whose grandfather is a member of the club.

For the Coleman sisters, 21, of Rolling Hills Estates, CA, the tournament will almost be like a homecoming: they began playing golf at age 5, and have played Nassau Country Club a number of times over the years while visiting their grandfather, Daniel Coleman, who lives in Glen Cove.


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

Everyone who enjoys running or swimming or both is invited to join in the fun for the 3rd annual “Summer’s Not Done Aqua Run” on Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Town of Oyster Bay’s TOBAY Beach in Massapequa.

UJA-Federation of New York and the Greater Long Island Running Club will be co-hosting the event, which will consist of an 800-Meter Swim in South Oyster Bay followed by a three-mile run through the TOBAY Beach Bird and Game Preserve.  You can compete as an individual or as a two-person relay team.  New this year – there is also a 3 Mile “Run Only.”


Calendar

July Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 30

Babysitting and First Aid Workshop

Thursday, July 31

Opera Night

Saturday, Aug. 2



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