Linda Jones opened her heart to listeners at the Lions benefit on April 28 as she talked about how her guide dog has changed her life. “I feel 10-feet tall when I’m walking with him,” the legally blind woman said.
Jones was introduced by Jerry Lalonde, co-chair of the 8th annual Lions benefit at Seawanhaka Yacht Club on Sunday, April 28. “This is the third evening in a row of benefits in Oyster Bay. It’s a lot of requests for your money,” said Lalonde. Ian McCurdy and his wife Jane were among the several couples that attended all three events. A past commodore of Seawanhaka, McCurdy arranged for the use of the yacht club and was thanked by Lalonde.
Customers at Phil Morizio’s restaurant, Café Al Dente, taste the flavors that evoke his family’s kitchen in the Bronx, as well some of the finest kitchens in Manhattan.
“It’s the food I grew up with. I learned to cook from watching my mother, my aunt, and my grandmother,” said Morizio, who has operated Café Al Dente, an Italian-American restaurant on the corner of Spring and East Main, Oyster Bay, for 20 years.
Jerry Mavros was honored by his fellow Lions on Sunday, April 28, at their Spring Benefit held at the Seawanhaka Yacht Club in Centre Island. Jerry Lalonde, co-chair of the 8th annual Lions benefit thanked the guests for coming and his committee members that made everything happen. The committee members were: co-chairs Lalonde, Ginny Williams and Doug DiRossi; auction chair Lalonde; Journal chair Robert Schadler; and members Kayel DeAngelis, Ann-Marie Hosey, David McLaughlin, Cindy Mudford, George Mudford and Chris Pflaumer.
The benefit was dedicated to Guide Dogs for the Blind, America’s VetDogs and other worthy causes. The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. was founded in 1946 and the Oyster Bay Lions club two years later, in 1948. The Lions honored artist Mort Künstler last year and for the two years before that Lions Jack Micco and Bob Whaley both of whom served for 50 years.
Hitting on everything from budgets and taxes to sports, candidates for Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education spoke at the “Meet the Candidates Night” at Oyster Bay High School last week.
At the April 30 forum in the high school auditorium, two current board members, Dr. Michael Castellano and Jim Mattel, and challengers Harriet Dorfman and Jen Romeo, discussed their views on the issues that the district faces and their qualifications for the position.
While most New Yorkers call it “Grand Central Station” Morrison said it is really a terminal in that train trips end there. The station was taken down in 1910 to make room for Grand Central Terminal. The OBRM has copies of his book for sale.
To help kick-off National Park Week, the Friends of Sagamore Hill the house is closed during a $7 million renovation until late 2014-early 2015, a large crowd of dogs and their walkers came to enjoy the grounds, nature walk and museum on Sunday, April 21.
TR and the Roosevelts loved and cared for their dogs, horses and other animals, including a pet badger named Josiah.
National Park Service locations are pet-friendly, welcoming dogs on six-foot leashes and accompanied with responsible masters. Many in the crowd could testify how limited most of Nassau County is regarding pet-friendly events. Most open land and nature walks do not allow man’s best friend, which would probably have brought a feeling of chagrin to TR in his day.
“We want to work,” said the Ida May Project volunteers, standing in front of the wooden boat as they met in J Building on Wednesday, April 24 to hear a new proposal by the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corporation board (COSPC). At the heart of the delay in the work has been their concern over lack of funding. The current board wants 75 percent of the needed funds for completion of the project available before any new work begins. But Volunteer Ray Wulff has come up with “Plan B,” a way to cut costs to lessen the amount of money needed for the job but which will extend the time line to completion from 18 months to three years. The board wanted to meet with the volunteers on the 24th to see what they felt about the proposal and to try to get a commitment from them saying they are willing to put in the needed time.
Jack Hoyt, COSPC treasurer, said fundraising has been hard in these economic times, especially after Hurricane Sandy. He presented Plan B, which will use more volunteer labor working with local shipwright Josh Herman of Huntington who will work on a part time basis overseeing the work. He said, “It makes it harder to raise funds when there is no activity going on,” but he added that some of the dedicated volunteers have been working during the down time. They recently restored a tractor and refurbished the sawmill damaged in Hurricane Sandy.
In other news, Dr. Phyllis Harrington, superintendent of schools of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District, announced that she has tentatively accepted an offer to become superintendent of schools in Oceanside for next year. She is still working out the final details, she added.
Nassau BOCES unveiled its communications command center last week, aimed at providing better security to school districts and allowing first responders real time audio and video.
The center in Westbury provides round-the-clock monitoring and security by tapping into a school district’s existing camera system. Operators watch several screens in the room, which brings up live feed. Operators are not looking at video from all the participating schools at one time; instead video only comes up on the screens when an event happens. These events include doors opening, people in restricted areas, or fire/panic alarms going off.
There is a fascination about how an artist works, and Xiomáro offered some insights in his gallery talk at the Koenig Center on April 14. Surrounded by 20 of his 144 photographs of Sagamore Hill taken this February he talked about the decisionmaking process involved.
Artist/photographer Xiomáro has been getting a lot of attention n the press about his exhibit How I Love Sagamore Hill on view at the Koenig Center of the Oyster Bay Historical Society now through June 2. He said the most frequently asked question is how long it took to photograph the collection. Friends guessed a weekend, and others seven days. Five days, he said, but long days. He worked in the almost empty Sagamore Hill as it was being readied for restoration from 6:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. The staff was very supportive and willing to come in early to help him with the work.
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