If Brian Kilmeade could be cloned and sent to all the high schools in this country, our love of America would grow by leaps and bounds; and students would get in line to take history classes. Speaking on Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Seawanhaka Yacht Club, Kilmeade shared tales of George Washington and his Long Island Spy Ring from his book George Washington’s Secret Six. Kilmeade's telling held the excitement of a Super Bowl finish—with Robert Townsend crossing the 30-yard line and heading for the end zone. (Kilmeade's first two books were sports oriented.)
The author is co-host of Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends and also hosts Kilmeade and Friends on Fox News Radio. This, his third book, hit number three on the NY Times Bestseller list and is Penguin’s leading book for the year.
History is made to be told, and black history in Oyster Bay had its turn as a panel of guests with ties to the Civil War spoke at the Koenig Center. The evening began with a commemoration at Pine Hollow Cemetery and continued with a pop-up Civil War exhibit and panel discussion.
Panel members included Elizabeth Roosevelt, whose grandfather, James Roosevelt, helped found the first black regiment in New York; Frank Carl of Maryland, a descendant of Civil War veteran David Carll; Brian Rapalyea, a descendant of Civil War veteran Simon Rapalyea; Ludger K. Ballon, USCT re-enactor; and Judith Burgess, Ph.D., who is researching black residents of Long Island who served in the United States Colored Troop and had connections with Oyster Bay. Elliot “Butch” Garrison, chair of the Oyster Bay Historical Society (OBHS) Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, rounded out the group.
Finding the necessary resources to help your kid succeed can be difficult, especially when that child has special needs.
Nancy Waring Weiss, MS CCC/SLP of Social Fitness Services in Oyster Bay, will join more than 50 elite special needs industry leaders to provide, under one roof, vital tools, information and advice for Long Island families who have children with autism, other developmental disabilities and/or learning disabilities at Long Island’s first ever free IBO/Mosaic Interactive Special Needs Resource Fair on Saturday, Feb. 1. Sharing her expertise in assessment and treatment of children and adults with social communication challenges as well as speech and language disorders, Weiss will be readily available throughout the event, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Mosaic School for Autism, located at 1309 Wantagh Avenue in Wantagh, to offer guidance for special needs families in attendance while addressing their concerns and questions.
This past Monday was the first school board meeting of the new year for the Oyster Bay School District and it was back to business as Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations Christopher Van Cott outlined the district's facilities update.
“It is a three part plan,” said Van Cott. “We’re focusing on current project status, potential 2014-15 capital reserve items and long-term capital needs.”
Debra Kienke, who was the director of special services in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District for 13 years, has left Oyster Bay to assume a position in Oceanside, which is closer to home for her. During her tenure in Oyster Bay, she was instrumental in creating many education programs and initiatives that have helped to make the district’s special education program one of the most respected in Nassau County. Her overall philosophy for “keeping our kids in our community” has created programs that not only address students’ individual educational needs, but also includes community based job opportunities for students aging out of high school and beyond.
Kienke noted that “the OB-EN school community has been unbelievably supportive of our students over the years. The relationships that have developed between mainstream peers and our students reflect on the families and character of this district. The thriving after-school peer mentoring programs at Vernon and the high school are a testament to that. These programs offer opportunities for all students to come together, have fun and enjoy each other’s unique gifts.”
As Governor Chris Christie fights the fallout from his G.W. Bridgegate, Oyster Bay continues to learn about its connection to George Washington. That means learning more about Washington’s Culper Spy Ring, including that AMC Network has a new 10-part miniseries called Turn, about the Culper Spy Ring. The air date has not yet been determined, but they think it will be in the spring.
Raynham Hall Museum was the home of Robert Townsend Culper, Jr., the reason for their new Spymaster Lecture Series.
There is an old saying that the “family that plays together, stays together.” The Oyster Bay East Norwich community is very much like one big extended family. Every year the Oyster Bay High School holds a Talent and Variety Show featuring the talents of students and staff playing together. Another annual event is International Night sponsored by the foreign language department. This year, the two events are joining forces in an extravaganza of international cuisine, culture and entertainment.
The show will be held on Friday, Jan. 17 in the Oyster Bay High School Performing Arts Center (the PAC) at 8 p.m. The admission for the show is $5. However, for $7, patrons can enjoy dinner and a show. At 6:30 p.m. there will be a sampling of international foods in the high school cafeteria. The $7 ticket allows access to the food and the show to follow.
After Amy Cicio of Syosset dropped her two dogs, Reba and Ozzy, at Two By Four Dog Walking & Pet Sitting in Oyster Bay, she headed off on an overnight trip with her daughter. It wasn’t until the next day, when Cicio called the company to say she was on her way to pick the dogs up, that Cicio found out something horrible had happened.
Reba, the 6-pound Chihuahua with only four teeth that Cicio had rescued two years ago from South Carolina, was dead. She had been attacked by another dog.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was sworn in to a second term on Jan. 2 at Bethpage High School. When a paper Bible couldn’t be located, he took the oath of office with his hand on an iPad that had the Bible on-screen. Here is his speech, abridged due to space limitations.
It sounds simple, but its effect is far reaching. The Oyster Bay Railroad Museum Board President John Specce announced that the New York State Board of Regents formally granted approval for a permanent charter to the museum.
The Oyster Bay Railroad Museum (OBRM) was incorporated under the University of the State of New York by the Board of Regents on July 26, 2006, under a provisional charter. The museum submitted an application for a permanent charter in 2012 and after a rigorous review process, including a visitation by State Education examiners, an absolute charter was approved. The review included criteria in the area of personnel, finances, facilities, collections, exhibitions and programs.
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