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Schooner Virginia Visits Oyster Bay

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, oysterbay@antonnews.com Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00

Dawn Riley, Oakcliff Sailing Center executive director, alerted locals in her newsletter that the two-masted schooner Virginia was berthed at the Oyster Bay Marine Center, Thursday, Aug. 14 and was worth seeing. The ship stopped off in Oyster Bay as they traveled from Norfolk, VA to New London.

The Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation (VMHF) and Museum and their board member Steve Benjamin, formerly the owner of a sail loft business located in the Mill Pond House in Oyster Bay, invited people to tour the ship starting at 4 p.m. She was on the face dock at the Oyster Bay Marine Center. The ship is 121 feet long and painted black, so she was easy to see, berthed in the spot usually filled by Charles Dolan’s Knickerbocker.

 

Dynamic Teen Duo Garners High Praise

Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis, oysterbay@antonnews.com Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

As school begins, the question first asked is always, 'What did you do this summer?' For tenth-graders Isabella Molinari of Laurel Hollow and Connor Lynn of Lloyd Harbor, the answer was simple: they helped other kids in a big way.

For 10 years the Lynn family has hosted children from the Fresh Air Fund, when 50 students are bussed out of the five boroughs for one week and have a chance to stay with a host family on Long Island.

 

A Psychic Medium On The North Shore

Written by Gary Simeone, oysterbay@antonnews.com Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00

There is a new psychic medium on the North Shore of Long Island to compete with the original “Long Island Medium,” Theresa Caputo. Her name is Mary Drew and she has been working for more than a decade doing private readings. Recently, Drew has expanded her horizons and has been conducting readings at restaurants, public events and fundraisers.

“I discovered my ability to speak and to hear the deceased voices when I was 10 years old,” said Drew, who grew up in Brookville and now resides in Glen Cove. “The first deceased person I had an encounter with was my grandmother and it was a very profound experience, to say the least.”

 

Kick-Off To Oyster Fest

Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00

The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund and the Oyster Bay Rotary Club hosted the annual Oyster Festival “Kick-Off” press conference on Friday, Aug. 15 at the flagpole in Theodore Roosevelt Park.

In attendance were NY State Senator Carl Marcelino and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, both Honorary Oyster Festival Chairmen; Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr.; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coshignano; Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michelle Johnson; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph Pinto; Oyster Bay Rotary President Judy Wasilchuk; Verizon Title Sponsor Representative, Director of Government Affairs Patrick Lespinasse; Executive Director, h2empower, African Studies Specialist Helen Boxwill; Oyster Festival Sports Representative James Werner; Long Island Rough Riders Representative Sarah Culmo and Emcee Harlan Friedman.

The 31st annual Oyster Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

 

Kids Bug Out

Written by Gary Simeone, oysterbay@antonnews.com Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

A lot of people think that our world would be better off without all of the insects in it. Not so, according to Lois Lindberg, volunteer naturalist at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Lindberg and fellow naturalist Wendy Albin gave a presentation about the importance of butterflies and insects in our ecosystem at the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s former home on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Butterflies and other insects are very important in nature,” said Lindberg. “People see bees, wasps and ants and other insects as pests, but they actually contribute to our ecosystem by each doing their own unique job. They pollinate the flowers and fruits and without them we would not be able to eat a lot of the stuff we eat every day.”

 

Ida May Needs Workers And Funds

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, oysterbay@antonnews.com Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

Building J at Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront is again up and running as the Ida May Project builds the 40-passenger oyster boat that will be operated by the WaterFront Center. The Ida May Project of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building.

Bill Shephard, Herb Scheirhorst, President Clint Smith and Project Manager Hank Tiska were there on a recent Thursday. Smith had left at around 2 p.m. to get a part he had at home they needed to fix the tractor they use to move the logs they cut to size in their saw mill. Fixing their equipment and cutting logs are some of the many projects that encompass the work.

 

Masquerade Party A Smashing Success

Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis, oysterbay@antonnews.com Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

 

Honoring The Suozzi Family

Written by Jill Nossa, jnossa@antonnews.com Friday, 22 August 2014 00:00

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.

 

Tale Of Two Canals

Written by Gary Simeone, oysterbay@antonnews.com Saturday, 23 August 2014 00:00

To celebrate the centennial of both the Cape Cod and Panama Canals, local resident Elizabeth Roosevelt delivered a special illustrated lecture on the subject at the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center on Friday, Aug. 8. The former Oyster Bay High School teacher discussed the importance of the two canals to the United States and to the shipping industry .

The two canals, which were both officially opened in 1914, have had many ships pass through them over the years.

 

A More Beautiful Oyster Bay, Inside And Out

Written by By Lyn Dobrin, oysterbay@antonnews.com Saturday, 16 August 2014 00:00

An expert’s tips on bringing the

best of your garden into your home

Right now, Oyster Bay is in bloom. From the well-tended gardens of Planting Fields to unmowed patches near the Shu Swamp preserve, flowers are not just beautify our community, they also are calling out to us to bring them inside our homes to add color and fragrance. You don’t hear them? Trust me, the flowers in your garden are even calling you by name.

But don’t just stuff a bouquet in a vase. Make them look as good and last as long as possible. To find out how to do that, as well as how to improve your backyard flora, I asked Scott Lucas, the greenhouse supervisor of Old Westbury Gardens for some advice. He invited to join him in his cutting garden.

 

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