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How’s The Water: February 8, 2013

Conservation District Plant Sale

Superstorm Sandy was devastating to Long Island.  Island-wide, thousands of trees were blown down or severely damaged. Trees native to our area, especially oaks, maples and conifers, were the hardest hit trees, since they are also the most prolific. Many open areas lost trees that will have to be replanted.

The trees that are replanted should be ones that will withstand storms, and should be planted well away from power lines, and are native to this area.  

A healthy tree canopy is very important to the ecological health of a watershed. As noted in Friends of the Bay’s Watershed Action Plan, “Forest cover provides numerous benefits at both the site and watershed scales. In addition to providing habit for terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, watershed forest cover also reduces storm water runoff and flooding, improves regional air quality, reduces stream and channel erosion, improves soil and water quality, and reduces summer air and water temperatures. “

The Nassau County Conservation District has organized a tree sale to help homeowners purchase trees to do replanting. Seventeen different types of native trees and shrubs are being offered for sale. Species include Eastern White Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, Sawtooth Oak, Sugar Maple, White Flowering Dogwood, Nannyberry, Highbush Blueberry and Butterfly Bush. The plants are seedlings or transplants, up to 24 inches in height, and are sold in bundles of ten, with prices ranging from $12 to $25 per bundle, which makes them very affordable.  

A complete list, descriptions and an order form can be found on the Conservation District’s website (www.nassauswcd.org).  Orders can be submitted until March 10.  Plants will be available for pickup on April 19 and 20. The District offices are located at 5 Old Jericho Tpke, Jericho.  

By planting trees and shrubs, you will helping to protect the health of our harbors and bays!

Friends of the Bay’s water quality monitoring season ended on October 22. Water quality data collected by our citizen scientists is posted on the Friends of the Bay website at http:// friendsofthebay.org/?page_ id=1151. The season will resume on April 1, 2013.

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

Movie: Godzilla

Thursday, Sept. 25

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Sept. 26

Plein Art Competition

Saturday, Sept. 27



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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