Drivers going north and south on Route 106 have been watching the progress of new traffic lights placed outside of Heatherwood, the former Norwich Gates. At first, on Monday, July 29 flashing yellow lights appeared. The red and green traffic lights will be on shortly, said Legislator Judy Jacobs. The state likes to give motorists a chance to see that something is changing.
The brain, just like the muscles in your arms and legs, can profit from exercise. With that in mind, artist Alli Berman has created an interactive brain-fitness art installation at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.
On both July 31 and Aug. 9, Berman will be at the Atrium for eight hours, using time-lapse photography techniques for her new “Connect to Creativity—A Social Practice Art” project. The public is invited to attend and become part of the work. The artist will be available to answer questions and lead people in her “couch-potato-easy” cognitive calisthenics to improve memory and focus.
June 12 was a beautiful day; one that provided relief from an otherwise rainy week and befitted the festive mood of the Buckley Country Day School graduates, their families and friends who had gathered to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2013.
Reverend Joseph R. Gibino, Pastor of Holy Trinity R.C. Church in Whitestone and friend of several of the graduates’ families, gave this year’s invocation and offered his blessings and prayers to the class of 2013. He was welcomed to Buckley’s commencement exercises by Ricky Rengifo ’13 who introduced Father Gibino as “a truly spiritual leader and a really great friend, not just to me but the whole world.”
Six local community leaders have joined together as the Friends of Mel Warren to help Mel, a longtime active community member, get a handicap access van and a motorized wheelchair.
Mel was born in Oyster Bay in 1928, and has lived in East Norwich for the past 60 years. Although he contracted polio on Labor Day in 1958, he has never slowed down or stopped contributing to his community. He is a longtime board member of the East Norwich Civic Association and has been active supervising the Arts & Crafts portion of the
Oyster Festival [now in its 30th year] almost since its inception. A new van that is wheelchair accessible will help him keep up with his active life.
Oyster Bay Brewing Company, founded by owners Gabe Haim and Ryan Schlotter in 2012, is the product of a love for fine beer and their home of Long Island. The doors to the brewery officially opened on May 1, and a grand opening celebration took place on Sunday, July 14, to provide samples of their craft to the public.
It was during college that Haim and Schlotter developed a love of beer; not the type of unique beer they brew and enjoy today, but the kind that was cheap and readily available. In the years following their graduation Haim and Schlotter began to sample new types. With each new beer they tried, they became more aware of the varied flavors and aromas out there.
The event is a partnership between the TSA and the Oyster Bay Historical Society. OBHS Executive Director Philip Blocklyn explained, “I’m always looking for something new for us and this new location is nice. They have chosen Planting Fields and it will be something different. It is a great location and a great state park,” he said.
Soon, visitors of Planting Fields Arboretum will have an opportunity to enjoy nature on every sensory level. On July 11, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new sensory garden and entrance pavilion at the arboretum, which will provide more accessibility for the disabled while also offering a design that appeals to all of the senses.
The 1.6 million, 3,500-square-foot garden and pavilion are being built as a joint venture between New York State Parks and the Planting Fields Foundation.
“I’m fine above the knees,” is the way Belle Santora answers to the question, “how are you doing?” Born in Oyster Bay 102 years ago, Belle celebrated her 102 birthday on June 20 — for about a week.
It started with a dinner at Canterbury Ales in Oyster Bay on Wednesday evening, June 19, with her niece Marianne Principe O’Neil and her husband John, their daughter Trish and a friend, Leon, another of Belle’s admirers. Thursday afternoon there was at a luncheon at Luz Restaurant in East Norwich with 12 friends. At the luncheon on Thursday, her niece Sherry presented Belle with a Proclamation. It started with a painting at the top and had a long sheet of paper attached.
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education welcomed two members, one new officer, and a new superintendent of school at its recent reorganizational meeting.
Florence Frazer, attorney for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District, swore in new board members Jennifer Romeo and John McEvoy, who officially took office at the July 9 meeting at the Oyster Bay High School library.
Romeo, an accountant for King Kullen, and McEvoy, a local attorney and business owner were newly elected to the board May 21 (see Oyster Bay-Enterprise Pilot 05/31/2013).
The former Bruce Mansion, now known as The Woodlands at the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course, was filled with like spirits on July 9: advocates for preservation. The Oyster Bay Historical Society was honoring activists who put their energies into preserving history at their second annual Advocates for Historic Preservation and Education Awards Reception.
When Oyster Bay’s Ben Jankowski’s name was called out, he received cheers from supporters of him and his wife, Kathryn Prinz.
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