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Oakcliff Hosts Land And Sea Art Show

Written by Tab Hauser, Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00

Despite the rainy weather, approximately 65 people turned out for an unusual art fundraiser held on Centre Island for the benefit of Oakcliff Sailing Center last month.

The event started with guests boarding a boat  in Oyster Bay Marine Center for the scenic ride over to the home of Betsy and Hunt Lawrence on the south side of Centre Island. Here, spread throughout their home, their 1906 restored Cypress wood greenhouse and their 4.5 acres were nearly 40 pieces of art for sale. Visitors were given a “treasure map” of the grounds that highlighted the art amongst it.


Fall Harvest Festival Includes Hip-Hop

Written by Enterprise-Pilot Staff, Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00

On Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Mill Neck Family’s Fall Harvest Festival arrives, welcoming returning visitors and new friends, too. This year includes a much-anticipated performance by Sean Forbes, who will take the stage on Saturday at 2 p.m. Forbes, an exciting new hip-hop artist who is deaf, launched his career by making music videos in his basement. Today, he performs and produces professional music videos with a focus toward the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, making him a voice for not only his generation, but deaf culture as well.

Forbes is co-founder of D-PAN, The Deaf Professional Arts Network, a non-profit organization that focuses on translating popular songs into American Sign Language music videos for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. After signing a record deal with Web Entertainment in 2010, Forbes released his debut EP music video titled “I’m Deaf,” which includes the Latin-influenced song “Let’s Mambo.” The stylish video, featuring the talents of Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin, as well as more information on Forbes, can be found at


GlenFest 2014 Only The Beginning

Written by Jill Nossa, Saturday, 04 October 2014 00:00

By all accounts, GlenFest was a huge success. The music festival held at the Homestead in Oyster Bay on Sunday, Sept. 21 featured 80 local musicians spread out in 25 acts over the course of 10 hours.

“I am elated that everyone in attendance had such a wonderful time and was allowed the opportunity to enjoy such a talented list of musicians,” said event organizer Dave Losee after the event. “This was a righteous festival with beautiful people for a beautiful cause.”


Coast Guard Cleans Up Beach

Friday, 03 October 2014 00:00

Hosted by the Town of Oyster Bay’s Environmental Resources Department on Saturday, Sept. 20, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary joined with many local and surrounding community volunteer groups for beach and waterway clean up. Cleanup crews from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAUX) unit, Flotilla 22-05 in Oyster Bay, have always responded to this call.

From the auxiliary was responsible to clean up debris both on the waterway and the beaches within Oyster Bay Harbor and Centre Island.


Long Island’s Most Scenic Drive

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

With a general discontent about the view-blocking pedestrian railings recently installed along West Shore Road, the discussion at the Oyster Bay Civic Association meeting on Sept. 18 focused on the possibility of having the road designated as a scenic highway.

This concept was suggested by Gregory Druhak of Centre Island, a regular traveler along West Shore Road, who said, “I believe this is the most scenic drive on Long Island west of the Hamptons, perhaps on all of Long Island itself, and it is not being treated as such. I feel we are being given the Lefferts Boulevard [down by JFK airport] expressway extension instead. For all you can see, it might as well be the Belt Parkway below the fence instead of Oyster Bay. This is wrong.”  


Oyster Fest Welcomes The Amistad

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00

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.


Stay In Shape Locally At Diamond Fitness

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00

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.


Oakcliff Hosts Final Grand Slam Event

Written by Tab Hauser, Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

The Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay hosted what was the fourth and final event in the prestigious international Grand Slam Series sailboat races.

The race, held in Oyster Bay, hosted teams from France, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and Singapore as well as five United States teams. One team, Riptide Racing, is based in Oyster Bay.

Racing is a lifelong passion for the team members on all the boats. The Enterprise-Pilot spoke to John Colburn, Chris Kennedy and Captain Chris Poole of Riptide Racing from Oyster Bay to get some insight into their lives. We learned that these dedicated sailors give up much for racing.


Periwinkles Caters To Community

Written by Mary Awad Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00

Serving Oyster Bay and the rest of Long Island since 1990, Periwinkles is an Oyster Bay business on Audrey Avenue that assists with event planning, staging and staffing and catering a multitude of different events. Periwinkles was started by Pat Spafford, who was encouraged to take her passion and make it a career.


“I was raising a family and doing this part-time,” said Spafford. “One of my clients encouraged me to make it full-time. Most of my clientele was from Oyster Bay so I settled here. I have a huge affection for the people and the place. It’s great that I have been successful here for so long.” 


Local Music Fest In Oyster Bay

Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.


GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.


“I had this idea for a festival years ago, and when I finally nailed down a date, people are coming out of the woodwork to be a part of it,” says Losee.


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