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Christie Property Plan No Go

A decision was made on the Christie Property, located in East Norwich, at last Tuesday night’s Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education meeting. The parcel of land that is owned by the school district had been considered for a sports complex in recent years, but environmental studies showed the land as being unfit for public use. According to the study, which was released at the board meeting by Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations Chris Van Cott, part of land is deemed as wetlands and is protected by the Nassau-Suffolk Regional Marine Resources Council.

“Part of land on the property has been deemed as wetlands and is restricted from public use,” said Van Cott. “Also, there is a species of toad that is protected there as well as some plant life. Therefore, the idea of developing the property is now off the table.”

Other News:

Multiple retirees were honored at Tuesday night’s board meeting, including Trustee James Robinson, who has served for 12 years on the board. Robinson was a Board Trustee from 2002 to 2014 and served as Board President from 2006 to 2011. He was awarded a commemorative plaque by Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld.

Other retirees from the district who were recognized include Joan Acquilino, who served as District Office Secretary for Accounts Payable. Acquilino has been working in the district for over thirty years, first came on board in 1980. Vernon librarian Christine Fountaine, who has worked in the district since 1986, announced her retirement this past year.

District Office Secretary in charge of Employee Benefits Barbara Reiser announced her retirement as well as high school secretary Barbara Grosso and cafeteria monitor Angelina Pilla.

News

A lot of people think that our world would be better off without all of the insects in it. Not so, according to Lois Lindberg, volunteer naturalist at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Lindberg and fellow naturalist Wendy Albin gave a presentation about the importance of butterflies and insects in our ecosystem at the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s former home on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Butterflies and other insects are very important in nature,” said Lindberg. “People see bees, wasps and ants and other insects as pests, but they actually contribute to our ecosystem by each doing their own unique job. They pollinate the flowers and fruits and without them we would not be able to eat a lot of the stuff we eat every day.”

Building J at Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront is again up and running as the Ida May Project builds the 40-passenger oyster boat that will be operated by the WaterFront Center. The Ida May Project of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building.

Bill Shephard, Herb Scheirhorst, President Clint Smith and Project Manager Hank Tiska were there on a recent Thursday. Smith had left at around 2 p.m. to get a part he had at home they needed to fix the tractor they use to move the logs they cut to size in their saw mill. Fixing their equipment and cutting logs are some of the many projects that encompass the work.


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 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