The holidays were not festive for business owner Lee Perrotta. On Christmas Eve, Perrotta, owner of The Chocolate Lady, noticed a plumbing problem in the basement of the building on Audrey Avenue where her store was located. The problem was so bad, it forced her to shut down her business. A week later, she found herself moving out of the space she had occupied for more than four years, because it was inhabitable.
“I had no water to make chocolate with. My life is upside down, my home is upside down, my clientele is displaced,” says Perrotta. “There were no holidays for me.”
The displacement comes right in the peak of chocolate season, which Perrotta says lasts from October through May. A staple of the Oyster Bay community since she opened shop, Perrotta knows her customers likes and dislikes and says she is heartbroken over the loss of her shop.
The Locust Valley Fire Department’s 5th Annual Operation Wounded Warrior Pasta Dinner proved to be a success. In the midst of the season of giving, the co-chairs of the event, Paul Long, Paul Marecki and Brian Plumb, announced the final figure.
“As unbelievable as it may be,” said Paul Long, “we have once again surpassed our previous year’s total, as this year’s total after expenses was $72,520.”
Long, on behalf of the co-chairs, continued, “Words cannot express our gratitude and indeed our awe at the generosity shown by our neighbors and friends from both Locust Valley and neighboring communities from Glen Cove to Bayville to Oyster Bay and to those that came from even further away to attend our 5th Annual Operation Wounded Warrior Pasta Dinner.”
With the Connecticut school shootings fresh in their minds, Oyster Bay-East Norwich school officials discussed security of its schools at their Dec. 18 school board meeting.
School Board President Ann Marie Longo opened the regular meeting at the Oyster Bay High School library with a moment of silence “for all the lives lost” in the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newton, CT.
The Life Enrichment Center hosted a party for all senior members of the community to enjoy the holiday season together on Thursday, Dec. 20. The event had a turnout of more than 150 members and staff, and the room was buzzing with excitement and joyful spirit.
The celebration started off with a dance performance by The Sensational Terri’s Tappers, a tap dancing group of women, ages 60 to 85. Terri’s Tappers have been performing at the center for the last 10 years, and do so free of charge.
This was the sixth year the Oyster Bay Historical Society has preceded its holiday party with a concert at the Hood African American Episcopal Church in Oyster Bay. Last year and again this year, they brought the Hempstead A Cappella Ensemble directed by Hildyne Bowen to perform in concert. They come together from a variety of churches and denominations to share their love of singing, and their love of Negro Spirituals from their African-American heritage. Ms. Bowen said the spirituals were the gift of the African-Americans that she said, “were created out of the souls of our enslaved ancestors with a biblical message.” They are about running away to freedom; sorrow songs; and rejoicing songs, telling of a life better than slavery as they longed for freedom.
This year’s Ladies Holiday Luncheon at the Metropolitan Club outdid itself. Lori Bahnik brought a smile to everyone’s face as she brought firefighters who posed for the annual FDNY 2013 calendar. It was a double benefit event.
...And the women just loved it. They lined up to buy calendars for themselves and for gifts and had the firefighters sign them. A great many friends of the women at the luncheon are going to really love the holiday presents their receive, especially if they are the calendars.
There was a steady stream of visitors to the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum on Audrey Avenue the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9. Santa was there on Saturday, ready to be photographed by happy parents. Outside two white horses pulled a garlanded wooden wagon that carried about a dozen passengers each trip around the historic hamlet.
Numbers were given out to each group and at about 3:30 p.m. they were up to number 65. Each group had from two to six members so there was a goodly number of people who enjoyed the free ride around the historic hamlet.
This family-friendly celebration featured operating model railroads, hot cider, candy canes, cookies and raffle prizes. People traveled from across Loing Island to visit the museum. An added perk for visitors was the Billy Joel 21st Century Classics motorcycle exhibit across the street from the railroad museum.
In the wake of the horrific Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, CT, Oyster Bay area schools responded to students’ and parents’ concerns.
“It’s an unspeakable tragedy,” said Phyllis Harrington, superintendent for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District. “We feel a personal connection,” because she knows the superintendent of the school district where the shootings took place.
School administrators in Oyster Bay-East Norwich and Locust Valley are taking a multi-faceted approach: Maintaining a sense of normalcy, supporting students with stress or fears, and emphasizing security.Both districts posted information on their websites.
During the recent hurricane, tree-laden preserves have suffered damage. The trees felled by the natural disaster, however, are insignificant compared with the calculated cutting that has since taken place.
A month after Superstorm Sandy, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton said she was alarmed to hear that trimming crews were taking chainsaws to trees in two Nassau County preserves located in Glen Cove – Welwyn and Garvies Point.
When can you give a holiday present and do a good deed at the same time? You can when you purchase a marine print from the Ida May Project (IMP).
Artist Ken Marcell has created several prints for the IMP Corporation. Mr. Marcell worked as an industrial designer and an architectural illustrator. He is a Pratt Institute graduate. He grew up on Long Island and here, he developed his love of boats and sailing, naturally.
Currently Mr. Marcell divides his time between here, and living in Sterling, Massachusetts, just north of Wooster. “I grew up in Syosset and learned to sail in Oyster Bay, so this is a bit of a homecoming,” he said, seated in J Building on West End Avenue on the Western Waterfront — the former Jakobson Shipyard property. “I remember Jakobson’s Shipyard as a kid.
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