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School, Library Budgets Pass

Written by Jill Nossa, Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:12

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District’s budget passed as a result of the election held on Tuesday, May 20. A total of 932 voters were in favor of the budget (Proposition #1), while 357 were opposed.

The other two propositions also passed: Expenditure of Capital Reserve Funds (Proposition #2) received 903 votes in favor and 301  opposed, and the Public Library Budget (Proposition #3) earned 951 “yes” votes to  238 “no” votes.


Churches Honor Volunteers

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:12

It’s an annual event that cuts across the Oyster Bay-East Norwich community and it was held on May 12. Every year the Interreligious & Human Needs Council of the North Shore celebrates the work of individuals who go above and beyond in working for their respective churches. The decision of whom will receive the awards is made by the member churches. The award dinner was again held in the St. Dominic Social Room, the only place large enough in the community to host the event. Members of each church attend, bringing potluck dishes for all to share.

The Reverend Jeffrey Prey of the First Presbyterian Church of Oyster Bay, as the President of the IRHNC, was the host for the evening. He said, “It was well attended, and showed a good spirit of community.”


Library Celebrates Centennial With Tree Planting

Written by Gary Simeone, Saturday, 24 May 2014 00:00

It has been 100 years since the Locust Valley Library opened its doors to patrons. On Saturday, May 10, the library celebrated its 100th birthday with a tree planting on the front lawn and an ice cream/face painting social in the community room. Library staff and residents were on hand to witness the first shovels placed in the ground for the planting of the new cherry tree.

“The tree planting is the first step in updating our library,” said Library Director Kathy Ray Smith. “We have plans to renovate our community room inside, update our AV equipment and trim the plantings that are overgrown in front of the library.”


Woman Of Distinction

Written by Enterprise-Pilot Staff, Friday, 23 May 2014 00:00

Patricia Aitken has been selected as a 2014 New York State “Woman of Distinction.” Aitken is a freelance writer for the Enterprise-Pilot.

“I am proud to honor Patricia as a Woman of Distinction, and prouder still of the recognition she earned from neighbors, colleagues and friends for her achievements on behalf of our community,” said Senator Carl L. Marcellino.


Lions Laude David McLaughlin

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00

Local businessman David McLaughlin of Dodds & Eder, Inc., was honored by his fellow Lions at their 9th Spring Fling held at the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in April. His family and friends came out to support him at the benefit for Guide Dogs for the Blind and America’s VetDogs and other worthy causes. The benefit was the work of the Lions members, including: chairperson Ginnie Williams, co-chairs Doug DiRossi, Jerry Lalonde and Cindy Mudford; auction chairman Jerry Lalonde; journal chairman Robert Schadler; and committee members Pam Beliveau, Kayel DeAngelis, Robert Gottlieb, Ann-Marie Hosey, David McLaughlin, George Mudford, Chris Plummer and Bruce Schadler, Jr.


Scholarship Honors Retired Teacher

Written by Denise Trezza, Wednesday, 21 May 2014 00:00

The famous words from Forest Witcraft’s Within My Power are ringing true for retired Oyster Bay High School teacher Rosemarie Colvin: “100 years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the type of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

Colvin is affectionately remembered and beloved by scores of former students, one of whom attributes so much of her success to Colvin’s influence that she felt compelled to honor her in a very significant way. The Rosemarie Colvin Scholarship has been set up in perpetuity for first generation U.S. high school or college students attending Wharton or Wharton/UPenn, providing an opportunity for these students to attend college while honoring a teacher who made so many dreams possible for her students.


Historical Society Hosts Ceramics Workshop

Written by Gary Simeone, Saturday, 17 May 2014 00:00

It was a refresher course on the art of ceramics at the Oyster Bay Historical Society last Wednesday night. Everything from the preservation, cleaning, handling and displaying of fine ceramic pieces was covered at the workshop, which was part of the American Library Association’s Preservation Week. OBHS archivist and librarian Nicole Menchise gave a detailed presentation to the small crowd on hand.

“This is not a workshop for everyday ceramics,” said Menchise. “This is for people who own particular types of ceramics, including family heirlooms and treasured keepsakes that must be handled with extreme care.”


Guide Dogs Star At Lions Benefit

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Friday, 16 May 2014 00:00
Hugh Reilly, a volunteer with the Guard Dog Foundation, brought 4-month-old Guf, a celebrity dog, to the Lions Club Spring Fling at the Seawanhaka Yacht Club on April 27. Guf is a guide dog puppy-in-training, and was named after the TV show “Growing Up Fisher.” He is being sponsored by the cast of the show seen on Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC. It is the story of a blind lawyer, newly divorced by his wife, who gets his first seeing eye dog, Elvis, a yellow lab, as a start toward a new kind of independence. Previously, his wife, son and brother, his partner in their law business, have acted as his eyes.  

Supporting Women In Business

Written by Denise Trezza, Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:01

A group of female entrepreneurs and friends gathered at What’s Cooking on a recent Thursday night for an evening of shopping, beauty, and Sangria. Lynne Gerald, who owns What’s Cooking on East Main Street in Oyster Bay, was inspired to host the event for two friends, Elizabeth Smith of Sea Cliff and Laura Sokolov of Merrick, who are just setting out in their own businesses, and she wanted to support them.  

“I hope this event gives them more confidence to go out on their own and to continue what they’re doing. I want to help them get a start,” says Gerald. “I was in the same situation many years ago, I didn’t have a home and was traveling to people’s houses.”


Lowest Budget Increase In 15 Years

Written by Gary Simeone, Wednesday, 14 May 2014 00:00

Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher Van Cott gave the final budget presentation last Tuesday at the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education meeting. The final budget number of $54,578,478 was $1,074,367 more than the 2013-14 budget of $53,504,111. It is an increase of 2.01 percent, which is the lowest expenditure budget increase in at least 15 years.

The funding sources that make up the proposed budget are property taxes and the STAR program, State Aid, local revenue and the appropriated fund balance.


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