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Letter: Doing What’s Best For The Bay

Friends of the Bay is very concerned with the current controversy regarding commercial shellfishing in Oyster Bay. At the heart of our concern is the welfare of the bay, which today is one of the healthiest and most productive in the western Sound.

Over the past few weeks we have met with representatives of the Town of Oyster Bay, Frank M. Flower & Sons shellfish farm, and the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association (NOBBA.)

Our purpose in these meetings was to lend our efforts toward a resolution which would enable the two commercial shellfishing interests to prosper while engaging in a sustainable, managed fishery which also contributes to the health of the bay.

Friends of the Bay makes no judgment on the business aspects of this dispute. Neither do we make any judgment with regard to matters of law. Our actions to date have been motivated by the belief that a negotiated settlement could benefit all parties, including the bay itself.

Independent commercial shellfishermen - the Baymen - have raised the question of the impact on bay health of harvesting shellfish by hydraulic dredge.

In its 25-year history, Friends of the Bay has always based its judgments on the best available data and facts. In the field of marine science, data is not always available and therefore specific conclusions can be difficult to establish. Nonetheless, Friends of the Bay has and will always carry out due diligence to find and consider all available scientific knowledge on a given issue before stating an opinion or making a recommendation.

We have asked NOBBA to provide us with all documentation they have located while we carry out our own independent research of the literature and interview marine scientists with knowledge in this field. We will make available all pertinent literature we discover. We will draw no conclusions until this research is completed. Further, we must weigh other factors impacting the bay, and any potential unintended consequences of changes in current practice.

We invite you to visit our website to learn more about our efforts to preserve, restore and protect our most important natural resource: Oyster Bay. Please visit us at www.friendsofthebay.org to learn more about our efforts around this important subject.

The Board of Directors

Friends of the Bay

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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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