East Norwich Civic Association Treasurer Lianne Gunther announced an easy fundraiser for the group. They have opened up a bank account for the ENCA at the TD Bank. “Just mention our name to TD Bank and they will give us a donation of $50,” she said happily.
Bob Lashuk, TD vice president store manager explained that when someone opens a new individual account at the bank they will give them $25 and will donate $50 to the ENCA. If someone has an existing TD account they will donate $10 to the ENCA. The bank will present the ENCA with the funds they are donating on the anniversary of their opening of the group’s account. “If 100 people sign up, that means we will present a check to ENCA President Matthew Meng for $5,000 after the end of the year,” said Lashuk. The new Affinity Program is available for qualified not-for-profits.
Local residents may soon have safer streets for walking and biking, pending adoption of a bill that is meant to go to vote this week.
At the July 29 committee session of Nassau County Legislature a new bill was discussed that is aimed at keeping bike and pedestrian safety in mind. The basics of the law called “Complete Streets” have been adopted by other governments such as New York State and New York City. Since last year, when cyclists and runners voiced concerns about traffic safety on West Shore Road, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton has met with advocates like Tri-State Transportation Campaign and CLIMB (Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists). She hosted many such groups in her office and met with them on location out on dangerous streets.
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.
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