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Letter: Good Fishing In Oyster Bay

As a Captain and operator of four recreational fishing boats that fish for flounder and other fish in Oyster Bay, I have been asked about the claim that these fish no longer exist in Oyster Bay, or that somehow the operations of the Flower shellfish farmers have made them scarce.

I understand that local newspapers have published this twisted tale, apparently without checking its veracity with people such as myself, who could have provided the truth if asked. I have been fishing this area for more than 30 years.

My boats are based at City Island in The Bronx and trust me, I would not waste the money to take my boats that distance to Oyster Bay if I didn’t know with a great deal of certainty that my passengers would catch flounder, porgies, and fluke, each in its season.

I can assure the non-fishing residents of the area that Flower’s shellfishing operation in Oyster Bay is not causing any negative effects on our fishing; as far as the recreational fishermen are concerned - they already know that.

My 30-plus year’s experience has also shown me that the shellfish farmers’ creation of a bio-diverse habitat supports the flourishing of fish in Oyster Bay, which leads to great fishing, healthy eating, and happy fisherman! Not sure who benefits to say otherwise…

Captain Chris Cullen

Island Current Fishing Fleet

City Island, The Bronx

News

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com