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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

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


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