There is an old saying that the “family that plays together, stays together.” The Oyster Bay East Norwich community is very much like one big extended family. Every year the Oyster Bay High School holds a Talent and Variety Show featuring the talents of students and staff playing together. Another annual event is International Night sponsored by the foreign language department. This year, the two events are joining forces in an extravaganza of international cuisine, culture and entertainment.
The show will be held on Friday, Jan. 17 in the Oyster Bay High School Performing Arts Center (the PAC) at 8 p.m. The admission for the show is $5. However, for $7, patrons can enjoy dinner and a show. At 6:30 p.m. there will be a sampling of international foods in the high school cafeteria. The $7 ticket allows access to the food and the show to follow.
After Amy Cicio of Syosset dropped her two dogs, Reba and Ozzy, at Two By Four Dog Walking & Pet Sitting in Oyster Bay, she headed off on an overnight trip with her daughter. It wasn’t until the next day, when Cicio called the company to say she was on her way to pick the dogs up, that Cicio found out something horrible had happened.
Reba, the 6-pound Chihuahua with only four teeth that Cicio had rescued two years ago from South Carolina, was dead. She had been attacked by another dog.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was sworn in to a second term on Jan. 2 at Bethpage High School. When a paper Bible couldn’t be located, he took the oath of office with his hand on an iPad that had the Bible on-screen. Here is his speech, abridged due to space limitations.
It sounds simple, but its effect is far reaching. The Oyster Bay Railroad Museum Board President John Specce announced that the New York State Board of Regents formally granted approval for a permanent charter to the museum.
The Oyster Bay Railroad Museum (OBRM) was incorporated under the University of the State of New York by the Board of Regents on July 26, 2006, under a provisional charter. The museum submitted an application for a permanent charter in 2012 and after a rigorous review process, including a visitation by State Education examiners, an absolute charter was approved. The review included criteria in the area of personnel, finances, facilities, collections, exhibitions and programs.
The fourth annual Christmas Concert was held last month at the Community United Methodist Church in East Norwich. The concert was a benefit for the local Youth & Family Counseling Agency, and concert-goers brought generous donations of canned goods and new children’s toys for those in need within the local community. Pastor Nelson Kalombo Ngoy gave a warm welcome to the audience, which filled the church to capacity. He also called for a moment of silence and reflection to honor Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday, Dec. 5. Linda Gier spoke about the concert beneficiary, Youth & Family Counseling Agency, located in Oyster Bay, but a great resource to surrounding communities as well.
Oyster Bay artist Barbara Ernst Prey’s iconic painting The Collection was selected by the U.S. State Department for the cover image for all invitations sent out by every U.S. Embassy and U.S. Ambassador worldwide for their Independence Day celebrations at the Embassies.
Prey, recognized as one of the most significant American artists, is known to the U.S. State Department through her participation in the ART in Embassies program, which exhibited her paintings in Paris, Madrid, Oslo, Prague and through her lectures worldwide about American art. This holiday season Prey will donate a portion of the proceeds of the sale from The Collection print to support Habitat for Humanity.
Giving dolls, toys and trucks to the annual Toy Drive of the Inter-religious & Human Needs Council (IHNC) of Oyster Bay was very successful again this year, thanks to Carol and Randy Daub of Oyster Bay. It is an extension of the Holiday Sharing Program.
Carol Daub said, “It’s the highlight of my year. Randy and I sit down at the dining table the day after Thanksgiving to work on the Toy Drive. Especially this year, when there is such a short time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you can’t wait.
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
The end-of-year holiday is the season of giving, when we are infused with the spirit of generosity, empathy for those in need and “good will to all” (not to mention a Dec. 31 tax deadline for deductions).
Unfortunately, this year the peak giving season is shorter than usual. The late Thanksgiving holiday truncated the number of fundraising weekends leading up to Christmas. That’s on top of a challenging macro-economic environment, and it is putting the squeeze on charities. Some local fundraisers have quietly indicated that they are worried about meeting year-end objectives.
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