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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 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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