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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

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.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


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
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The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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