Ten years ago, the OBEN School District found itself as a “district in need of improvement.” The district saw the leadership potential of the assistant superintendent for instruction, Dr. Phyllis Harrington, and promoted her to superintendent of schools. The board of education proved correct in their assessment and found that they had hired a dynamic leader.
One of Dr. Harrington’s many strengths as a leader was her ability to find the right people to do the jobs necessary for a successful organization.
Everyone is celebrating the announcement that Oakcliff Sailing is now the official training center of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team Sperry- Top Sider. Before, Olympic competitors had to go to Europe for training but now they can come to
Oyster Bay. The harbor is especially great for training as the winds shift a great deal and it makes for a challenging sailing experience.
The ribbon cutting celebratory party took place at their location on the corner of South Street and Bay Avenue. With the help of Dodds & Eder they created a superb “swanky club,” to eat, drink and dance the night away.
Three moms from Oyster Bay will be competing in a challenging obstacle course this weekend in order to help better the lives of preschoolers with cancer. Danielle Taylor, Jeannine Del Pozzo and Stephanie Dean have signed up for the
Civilian Military Combine Course in Brooklyn as Team YOLO (You Only Live Once), and will give their donations to the Morgan Center of Hicksville.
Taylor, owner and founder of Bish Bash Books of Oyster Bay, says she was looking for a charity to give to, and sought out local moms to see who would be interested in joining her. Longtime pal Del Pozzo, owner of Oyster Bay-based Del
Pozzo Foods, and Dean were all interested in doing the event, initially as a way to get in shape.
Dogs, kids and music lovers all had a good time at the grand opening of Green Forest Veterinary Hospital in Glen Cove, celebrated some eight months after the facility actually opened.
The festivities on Sunday, Aug. 18, offered a little something for everyone, including catered food from Tappo in Glen Cove, a bounce house for the kids and live music from Jelly Band. Pets competed for ‘best costume.’ Volunteers for Wildlife gave demonstrations and tours.
Both the county parks and the state of the environment were on Adam Haber’s mind last month as he traveled to the Park at East Hills to issue statements on both subjects.
Haber, a Roslyn resident, is running for Nassau County executive in an election set for Tuesday, Sept. 10. A Democrat, Haber was picking up the endorsement of Bruce Piel, chairman of the Park Advocacy & Recreation Council of Nassau County (PARCnassau).
A local woman pledged an ambitious and challenging goal for herself, one that will test her body to its limit while benefiting cancer research. Later this month, Eva Casale plans on running from Oyster Bay to Jones Beach - and back. While the Ocean to Sound run is a popular 50 mile relay team event that takes a lot of training by itself, Casale is going to the extreme by running 100 miles all by herself, to raise money and awareness for cancer treatments.
Casale joined Team in Training in 2007, a year after donating a kidney to a stranger; an experience she says “changed her life.”
The key to the success of Sagamore Hill National Park Site Superintendent Thomas Ross could be in his comment to staff members at his farewell party.
“I’m not a perfectionist. I’m just particular. There’s a difference,” he said as he responded to kidding by staffers, volunteers and friends on Aug. 23, in the picnic area behind the Visitor Center.
The party to say “so long” to the Rosses of Sagamore Hill started with staffers and grew to include the volunteers and members of the Friends of Sagamore Hill. Everyone wanted to say good-bye to Thomas Ross, wife Kerrie and sons Cameron and Nate after more than five years of being residents of Sagamore Hill.
Much progress has been made to enhance the historic hamlet of Oyster Bay — and the entire Oyster Bay-East Norwich community.
The most recent example is the installation of a dozen or so new antique lampposts on historic West Main Street in Oyster Bay early this summer, courtesy of funding secured by Legislator Judy Jacobs and the town. According to OB-EN Chamber of Commerce Board of Director member Rob Brusca, the funding was initially offered solely for lamp installations on West Main Street. Soon thereafter, however, the town generously offered to assist further with additional grant funding for more lamps and installation services—ultimately resulting in the addition of 35 new antique lamps throughout the downtown (28 are installed, with seven planned for installation in the near future), including on East Main Street, in front of the historic Oyster Bay Post Office, and heading north on upper Audrey Avenue leading to the historic train station, where construction of the new alternate entrance to Theodore Roosevelt Park will begin this fall.
With the repairs to the pier at the Western Waterfront approved by the town board, the Oyster Festival 30 committee was ready to sign on its first tall ship: the SV Mystic from Mystic, Conn.
Hurricane Sandy’s impact is ongoing, even here in Oyster Bay. The storm played havoc with the pier on the Western Waterfront, an area that is crucial to the annual Oyster Festival and that caused concern to the organizing committee. Tall Ships are one of the trademarks of the event, and this year, as it celebrates its 30th year, it would have been difficult to navigate around its loss.
There was tremendous excitement in Oyster Bay as the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider announced a partnership with Oakcliff Sailing. Oakcliff has been named an official training center of the team.
Through the generous support of Oakcliff founder Hunt and Betsy Lawrence, Oakcliff will acquire 24 Olympic class boats – eight each of the Nacra 17, 49er and 49er FX skiffs – that the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider will have full access to for team-level training and youth development throughout the year.
“We are thrilled to have Oakcliff as a partner and grateful for the support of Hunt and Betsy Lawrence in the U.S. effort to create winning national teams at all levels of Olympic class sailing,” said Josh Adams, managing director of U.S. Olympic Sailing. “Oakcliff’s fleet-building effort in the Nacra 17, 49er and 49er FX is a tremendous asset for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program, providing a training platform for US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider that is designed to help generate a performance edge in these classes.”
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