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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.


The Taste Of The Town Returns

Written by Enterprise-Pilot Staff, Saturday, 10 May 2014 00:00

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich PTSA has refashioned its lavish annual event, A Taste of the Gold Coast, and brought it to a new venue, downtown Oyster Bay - for A Taste of the Town, on Thursday, May 15, from 7 to 11 p.m.

The Gold Coast committee felt it was time to shake things up.

“Each year we ask our merchants to donate to our event and they have done exactly that for the last 13 years,” said Diana Hauser, a PTSA board member. “This year we felt it was time to give back to them.”


‘Always Ready’ To Lend A Hand

Written by Enterprise-Pilot Staff, Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00

Living up to its motto, “Always Ready,” the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary joined the Town of Oyster Bay, North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association and Friends of the Bay along with other volunteer groups on Saturday, April 26, for the harbor cleanup.


Feasting For Flowers

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00

Seasonal Splendor, Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce the chamber’s annual event to raise funds for plants to decorate the hamlet, was held at Dodds & Eder Home on April 28, where a ribbon cutting ceremony also took place. The garden entrance to the store was the perfect reflection of how greenery, plants and flowers enhance our lives.

As the OBEN Chamber website said, “Well, it’s official! Dottie Simons, president of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce and her business partner Carrie Leopold have made their dreams come true and have purchased Dodds & Eder, Oyster Bay,” now known as Dodds & Eder Home.


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