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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 The new exhibits, also called “waysides,” replace old and outdated ones dating back to the 1980s.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

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



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