Visitors entering the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Angela Koenig Research and Collections Center via the parking lot behind it, will be pleased to see a new garden area. The Main Street Nursery and Florist of Huntington recently donated and planted day lilies that define the back entrance to the research center.
Fran Leone, a longtime Oyster Bay Historical Society board member has been focusing on its garden area this past year, as has Hal Johnson. “We both do the watering. Millicent Pittis also helps two days a week. In the summer we may have to water everyday, according to the weather.
Since she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, Cathy Scibelli of East Norwich has been on a journey of discovery; accompanying her is a three-inch tall teddy bear named Stretch.
Stretch became an important part of Cathy’s life one day when she was about to leave her house for treatment. She glanced over at her collection of stuffed bears (from the days she wrote a column called “Travels with Teddy” for Teddy Bear Review magazine) and the tiny brown bear on her bookshelf caught her attention. She tucked him into her purse. From then on, Stretch, named by Cathy’s husband because of the bear’s long legs and arms, accompanied her to all her appointments and treatments.
Friday, Mel Warren was tooling around in his new electric wheelchair checking out the work he had done preparing the festival layout for the food court and corporate sponsors.
Terese Arenth is showing the world just how strong and beautiful she is. The 49-year-old attorney from Glen Cove recently modeled for the 2014 Moms Who Kick calendar, and is also participating in the Long Island Fight For Charity. A five-year breast cancer survivor, Arenth is constantly challenging herself by learning new fitness skills and participating in a variety of organizations.
A nonprofit organization that debuted in 2009 with an annual fundraising calendar featuring martial arts women impacted by the disease who promoted healthy lifestyles, Moms Who Kick raises breast cancer awareness and research funds while promoting women’s health and fitness for thwarting breast cancer and aiding recovery. The organization was launched by personal fitness and martial arts trainer Joanne Hutchins of Bayville after having her aunt diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and her mother diagnosed in 2008.
Another great Oyster Festival is now a memory.
“It was incredible. Many people broke (food sales) records from the past. I would call this almost the best year ever. I am just starting to get some of the results, but, it looks like a banner year,” said Rotarian Bev Zembko, Tom Reardon Memorial Food Court coordinator.
The 30th Annual Oyster Festival is supported by the Oyster Bay Charitable Fund and is a project of The Oyster Bay Rotary. And the public seems to understand the true focus of the event. Walking along Larrabee Avenue on Sunday, a guest wearing a suede jacket with Harley Davidson written in sparkling rhinestones on the back, was talking about the $20 fee for parking in the Roosevelt Elementary School lot. “The money is for the benefit of the PTA. They use the money for programs for the school children,” she said, explaining that she and her companion appreciated being close to the festival and giving to a worthy cause at the same time.
Heart patients awaiting surgery often have a long road ahead of them, and the ordeal can put a lot of strain on their families. A local mom and daughter who know firsthand the struggles that coincide with heart disease are devoting their time and energy to helping others through the Harboring Hearts organization.
Michelle Javian,co-founder and CEO of Harboring Hearts, started the organization in honor of her father, who lost his battle to heart disease after a heart transplant in 2008. Both she and her mother, Mary, of Upper Brookville, spent long ours by his side in the hospital. While there they witnessed firsthand the need that existed for refuge and community support for heart patients and their families.
In spite of the federal closings of all national parks work is being done at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site by private contractors. There is a sign indicating there is parking for their contractors’ vehicles, as opposed to the general public who are not welcome during the closure. You can hear the knocking and banging sounds of construction when going along the entrance road to the park.
What is important to the hamlet of Oyster Bay is that what happens to Sagamore Hill happens to the hamlet, too.
The Annual Beech Brook Senior Center Memorial Service for deceased members will be held on Oct. 23. It will be for three members who have passed away during the year: Tina Cangari, Nicholas Baldino, and Columbia Galasso. They will have a breakfast buffet and attending will be Pastor Diane Melograne, Deacon Jay and Chris Bartol, BBSC honorary president, their former director.
Last summer there was a special service held in honor of James “Tiny” Brandt, who passed away in February. He was thanked for his time and dedication to the BBSC. Members of the Brandt family attended the memorial service including his daughters Sharon Brandt and Marjorie Brandt Berry, as well as his grandchildren and great grandchildren and Dorothy Brandt, his sister-in-law.
Museum supporters, rock-a-billy fans and tattoo aficionados recently gathered at The Whaling Museum in Cold Spring Harbor for a celebration of the art of nautical tattoos. Guests danced outside as the Buzzards played while inside visitors enjoyed the museum exhibits and voted for their favorite tattoo art submitted by local artists. The highlight of the evening was a presentation by Samantha Sheesley, paper conservator at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. True Love Forever: Preserving the Legacy of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins described the process of acquisition and restoration of Norman Collins’ work. Samantha had several pieces of flash art and acetates on display the night of the event. “Sailor Jerry” was a famous tattoo artist, and a colorful character. Besides sailing and tattooing, he played saxophone in a dance band, hosted a radio show, and was a prolific writer who corresponded with pen pals from all over the world. Collins grew up in Northern California. He hopped on freight trains and traveled across the country and learned tattooing.
Long Island is home to 700,000 Italian-Americans, more than any area outside of Italy itself, said author Salvatore J. LaGumina, an emeritus professor of history at Nassau Community College, where he serves as director of the Center for Italian American Studies. He was speaking at the Koenig Center of the Oyster Bay Historical Society (OBHS) on Sept. 17 about his new book, Long Island Italian Americans. In his introduction, OBHS Executive Director Philip Blocklyn said that it was a return engagement for LaGumina. He had taken part in the OBHS exhibit The Italian-American Experience in Oyster Bay in 2001.
LaGumina opened with a slide show that illustrated the scope of the Italian-American influence on Long Island that because of the easy name recognition reminded everyone of how extensive their influence has been. Today, he said one of four residents of Long Island is of Italian-American heritage.
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