Members of the Oyster Bay and East Norwich Civic Association celebrated 50 years of civic engagement and working to better their communities at the Pine Hollow Country Club on Friday, May 31. Many civic groups come together when a specific issue is raised, and then fade away or become inactive. The East Norwich Civic Association has remained strong and vibrant and has continued to work to better the community.
As the Civic Association brochure states, “Good communities do not simply exist – they arise with community involvement. We endeavor to be a proactive organization that resolves concerns before they become greater issues. We alert residents of plans that may diminish the character of the community, such as downzoning and inappropriate land use.” Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs and Town of Oyster Bay Receiver of Taxes James J. Stefanich presented the Civic Association with citations in recognition of the 50th anniversary.
Abby and George O’Neill greeted their Garden Party guests in front of a old fashioned carriage decorated with balloons at their annual Memorial Day weekend fundraiser for the Community Foundation of Oyster Bay-East Norwich (CF) on Sunday, May 26. “We’ve been very lucky with the weather over the years,” said Abby O’Neill.
Joseph Donohue, CF Board President mentioned the weather too, as he welcomed guests thanking the O’Neill family for their generosity and adding, “They have magical powers over the weather.” It rang true in that it was once again an exceptional day of meeting friends, neighbors and supporters of all things Oyster Bay on the day that officially starts the summer season.
Across Nassau County, residents are reacting with a mix of appreciation and shock to the Nassau County District Attorney’s recent arrests of more than 100 men for soliciting prostitutes, including one man from Mill Neck.
The DA’s office not only arrested the men, but made public their names and photographs. The arrests came after a month-long undercover sting conducted by the DA’s office and the police department. “Operation Flush the Johns” was the first of its kind in Nassau County. In the last ten years, police have arrested fewer than 40 johns. While prostitutes are regularly the prime targets of investigations, those soliciting them are overlooked.
Recently Sagamore Yacht Club had a very successful enrollment session for the Sagamore YC Junior Sailing Program. Members and residents of Oyster Bay alike were drawn to the program, and the club exceeded the initial enrollment expectations across the four two-week sessions starting June 25.
Parents and children were able to meet and discuss the program highlights, view the Optimist Sailing Dinghy (aka “Opti”) and speak with Bill Peterson, director of Junior Sailing, as well as Caitlin Fitzpatrick, senior sailing instructor.
Oyster Bay’s Life Enrichment Center had its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 28, when new officers are elected and family and friends were invited for food and entertainment.
The newly elected board president is Susan R. Peterson, who joined the board in 1993.
Peterson has served on the board of LECOB (formerly Doubleday Babcock) for almost 20 years. She has been an active member of the bylaws committee and in fundraising, including the Garden Soirees and Day at the Races.
Oyster Bay’s own Billy Joel — and his bike shop — were featured on the History Channel’s “American Restoration” on May 28. In the episode, the crew is tasked with restoring a rare 1967 BSA 850 motorcycle, a bike that has sentimental value to the pop superstar.
Show host Rick Dale drove up to Joel’s garage on Audrey Avenue, noting the down-home charm of the town and the décor of the bike shop, 20th Century Cycles. His first impression of the shop, located in a former Ford Dealership, was that it is the exact type of shop he would have. He thought, “This guy is just like me.”
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education last week appointed a new superintendent of schools, Dr. Laura Seinfeld, a former assistant superintendent for the district.
“The district will be in good hands,” said Dr. Phyllis Harrington, outgoing superintendent, who announced in April that she is leaving the district to become superintendent of schools in Oceanside. The school board, which had been interviewing applicants, unanimously approved the appointment at their May 28 meeting at the Oyster Bay High School Library.
There were no Memorial Day speeches in the hamlet of Oyster Bay on Monday, May 27. The reason was simple, said Reginald Butt, Jr. commander of both the American Legion Post No. 4 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3088. “The town never brought out the amplification system. They said it was an oversight. Bob McGeever who was in charge of the event over the years, retired. But the American flag was set at half- mast at 8 a.m. and we put it up at noon. I asked that the system be installed and I had a confirmation letter from the town,” said the commander.
Voters in the Oyster-Bay-East Norwich Central School District last week overwhelmingly approved the budget for the 2013-14 school year and elected two new members of the school board.
John McEvoy, an attorney and business owner who entered the race late following the eleventh hour withdrawal of Jim Mattel, vice president of the board of education, won big with 1,060 votes. Jennifer Romeo, an accountant for King Kullen, won the other seat with 662 votes.
Board member Dr. Michael Castellano lost his bid for re-election, finishing third with 631 votes. Harriet Dorfman, a local school and community activist, finished fourth at 528 votes.
Raynham Hall Museum opened a new exhibit, “Wish You Were Here: Images of and around Oyster Bay from 1927, 1958 and 1969.” If you have lived in Oyster Bay during any of those years, you will recognize many of the locations.
Raynham Hall Museum has been working to share its many collected/donated items with the public. The current exhibit is of images selected from three binders of photographs in their collection. According to the exhibit brochure, the first binder contained contact sheets and photographic negatives from 1927. Some of the glassine envelopes were inscribed with the name “Ludlam.” Mostly streetscapes, one of the films was of the person now assumed to be the photographer because he is holding a shutter-release cord in his hand. At the present time, his name is unknown, although presumed to be Ludlam.
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