The Oyster Bay Civic Association held an impromptu forum as it held its 2014 induction of officers at their first meeting of the year. Nassau County Legislator for the newly created 18th district, Donald MacKenzie, inducted the board of directors at their March 20 meeting. The event was postponed in January due to health issues of President Bill von Novak. Inducted into office were George DiMartino, Gary Drury, Judith Barnett and Louise Rea. The board is down one member, as Cat Colvin has resigned.
“Cat has a big agenda,” explained Judith Barnett, vice president and acting chair.
Oyster Bay residents may be able to help solve a local mystery that spans centuries. One famous Revolutionary-era Oyster Bay resident is currently a dead end in genealogical research, but someone out there probably has DNA that would match, and tie together two loose ends of Oyster Bay history.
Much is known about the early history of Oyster Bay, such as how it was settled by a small group of Quaker families who came here from Cape Cod and how those families started a prosperous settlement which has thrived to this day. But in the Wright family, a connection has been lost between those early settlers and their descendants who spread far and wide across America in the succeeding years.
The Oyster Bay High School Library was a packed house on Wednesday, March 26, for an introduction to the second annual Nassau County Business Development challenge. Sponsored by County Comptroller George Maragos’ office, the contest involves 200 business students from across the county competing for scholarships and prizes from various sponsors. Students will work in teams pooling their most innovative and brilliant ideas together to showcase mock business plans for the redevelopment of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Plaza.
“We want to see these students’ brilliant ideas and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Maragos. “I am very excited to hear all of their final plans at our special presentation event on April 9 at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive Legislature Building.”
Part of the success of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce is that they are appreciative of the work of their volunteers. They thanked all those who helped them over the year as they held their Installation Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 27 at The Italian American Club. The Coach Grill & Tavern catered the dinner and served hot hors d’oeuvres.
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) held a public meeting at the Locust Valley Library to discuss the possible remediation plans for the former Mill Neck Bay Marina property. The meeting was well attended by local residents, as well as Tara Butler Sahai of Assemblyman Chuck Lavine’s office, Mayor Doug Watson of the Village of Bayville, Nassau County Legislator Don McKenzie, representatives from the Town of Oyster Bay and local civic organizations, as well as Harvey Weisman, one of the owners of the property. Friends of the Bay was represented by Executive Director Paul D’Orsay, Board President Barry Lamb, and board member Matt Meng.
Oyster Bay author Denice Evans-Sheppard spoke at the Inter-tribal Showcase at Suffolk Community College in Riverhead on March 11. The Long Island Inter-Tribal Exhibit and Display presentation was hosted in the Montaukett Building at the college. The walls of the exhibit area showcased animal skins, Native American Regalia, a lacrosse stick, and display cases featuring hand made Native American jewelry.
They invited Evans-Sheppard to make a DVD presentation about her book on the Carl family of Oyster Bay, The Constant Struggle Within. The college provided a two-hour discussion that included representatives of the Montaukett, Shinnecock, Unkechaug, Taino and Ojibwe Tribes.
A fire nearly consumed the wooden Mill Pond house, at the corner of West Shore Road and Mill Hill Road, on Saturday night. According to a patrolman on the site this was the second fire in a week, the first having occurred last Tuesday.
According to detectives, the Oyster Bay Fire Department, with the assistance of the Atlantic Steamer, Locust Valley and Bayville Fire Departments, responded to 1065 W. Shore Rd., a historical house owned by the Town of Oyster Bay, at 9:25 p.m. A total of 100 firefighters with 15 pieces of fire apparatus battled the blaze and successfully extinguished the fire that damaged the vacant home, police said.
Oyster Bay-based charity Moms Who Kick, Inc., will get a donation from the upcoming Golden Gloves fight in Glen Cove, to help with their efforts in the fight against cancer.
Started by Joanne Hutchins of Bayville, Moms Who Kick Inc. is a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for breast and ovarian cancer research and prevention. Hutchins and other women from Moms Who Kick will be present at the March 27 event at the Glen Cove High School, and hosted by the Glen Cove Boxing Club, and will take to the ring as Ring Card Girls while raising awareness for women’s cancers and promoting the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
A recent study by Community Housing Innovations, Inc. found that young adults aged 25 to 34 have been fleeing Long Island towns and villages to more economically diverse neighborhoods at an alarming rate since 2000, due to a lack of affordable housing. The study published by Executive Director of CHI Alexander Roberts cited the hamlet of Oyster Bay as having lost 51 percent of its young adult population in this time span. Oyster Bay is the third largest area to lose young adults in this age range behind the Villages of Kings Point (58 percent) and Westhampton (57 percent).
Nassau County as a whole saw a decrease of 12.43 percent despite a nationwide gain of 2.76 percent in the same demographic, according to the study.
According to a new National Parks Report, 14,639 visitors to Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in 2012 spent $787,700 in communities near the park. That spending supported nine jobs in the local area. These statistics are part of a nationwide report by the U.S. Geological Survey for the National Parks Service that showed $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 243,000 jobs nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion.
“Sagamore Hill is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Sagamore Hill National Historic Site Superintendent Kelly Fuhrmann. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides and to use the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers.”
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