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Saying Goodbye To Von Novak

On Monday, July 28, there was a celebration at the home of Bill Von Novak honoring his service to the community as president of the Oyster Bay Civic Association for eight years. Many gathered at his home in Oyster Bay, where he has lived for 45 years, in order to thank him for all the good he has done for Oyster Bay during his years in office.

“He was a wonderful president,” said Stan Spiegelman, his vice president. “Besides being such a gentleman, he was so strong as a president. He never took sides, even on a big issue. He always wanted to do what the people wanted.”

Von Novak had a big part in implementing all of the beautiful renovations Theodore Roosevelt Park has undergone over the last few years. In order to do this, he re-constituted the TR Park Committee, which was required according to the original deed obtained when the park was given to the town. He also had a hand in issuing the TR statue that is displayed across from the OBEN Boy’s and Girl’s Club, which stands in honor of the local president and Oyster Bay’s great history.

Von Novak also pushed for renovations to Fireman’s Field Parking Lot that will be put in the town’s budget in 2015 and was an active volunteer at Oyster Bay events. He hosted many open forum meetings in order to hear what the community had to say, and used his office to be a man of the people.

“People ask me what my greatest accomplishment as president is,” said Von Novak. “I always say that I was proud to be a part of an association that really listened to what the public wanted. We heard the voice of the people and did what they wanted us to do. They had no one else to come to, so they came to us with their problems and we helped them. We maintained our independence from other groups and did what we were supposed to do. I’m very happy about that.”

The Oyster Bay Civic Association is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that keeps the community’s high standards by attempting to solve community problems and concerns and working to make Oyster Bay a welcoming place for people of all backgrounds. Meetings are held at the Italian American Citizens Club on Summit Street. For more information, go to obca.net.

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
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