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Editorial: Sagamore Hill Increasing TR’s Hamlet Presence

In 2015, as the restoration of Sagamore Hill is completed, as part of the project, the hamlet of Oyster Bay will have new signage telling visitors about Theodore Roosevelt-related locations in this area.

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the home of Theodore Roosevelt and a National Park Service site, has awarded a contract in the amount of $223,400 to plan, design and produce 35 new outdoor exhibits. The new exhibits, also called “waysides,” replace old and outdated ones dating back to the 1980s.

The contract was awarded to Pannier Graphics, a premier producer of outdoor  signage. They are located in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania metropolitan area and have fabricated wayside exhibits for other National Park Service sites throughout the country.

The new exhibits will be placed on the grounds of Sagamore Hill and in the hamlet of Oyster Bay to commemorate significant local sites in the life of our 26th president. The installation of the exhibits will coincide with of the reopening of the Roosevelt home, which is currently undergoing an extensive rehabilitation. That is in 2015.

There are seven locations set for the hamlet. Sagamore Hill Superintendent Thomas Ross said they are working with the Main Street Association as part of their signage project and are consulting with the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce and the Oyster Bay Civic Association. We’ll try to keep you in the loop.

TR is truly a part of Oyster Bay.                          

- DFK

News

This holiday season, Oyster Bay will once again be home to unique, homemade, scrumptious confections from The Chocolate Lady, in the form of a mobile chocolate boutique set up at Buckingham Variety Store on Audrey Avenue. She arrived on Sunday and plans on staying throughout the holidays, and possibly longer.

“I have been developing this concept for the last year and a half and am excited to be coming home to Oyster Bay for this year’s holiday launch,” says Lee Perrotta, aka The Chocolate Lady, who had her shop across the street from Buckingham’s for about five years before she was forced to shut her doors on Christmas Eve in 2012 due to excessive water damage at the rental space.

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.


Sports

Long Island Lutheran High School senior Samantha Horton of Oyster Bay signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Siena College and compete on the Girls Division I Lacrosse Team in the goaltender position next year. Samantha will be receiving a full athletic scholarship. Horton is pictured with her family.

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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