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.”
When the usual regimen of fitness classes and weight training has run its course, keeping fit at the gym can be an isolating experience. That has led many people to the dance floor, where getting in shape is fun and social. And TV shows such as Dancing With The Stars, haven’t hurt either. The result: Long Island is seeing a boom in ballroom dancing, from dance-oriented social clubs, such as those along Westbury’s Post Avenue, to private studios, such as Lisa “Sparkles” Dance Studio in Oyster Bay.
Studio owner Lisa Paternoster, 31, discovered her passion for dancing at a young age, taking classes with a local teacher. Soon, she was focusing traditional dance and practicing at studios around the area. After an mentor suggested Paternoster train as a teacher, she studied dance instruction while attending classes full time at Hofstra University.
A huge crowd gathered recently, overflowing in the wonderful Children’s Room at the Bayville Free Library for a Great Gatsby event to benefit the library. Attendees donned '20s styles for a fun evening.
Friends of the Library president, and former Bayville mayor, Vicky Siegel, mentioned that although Bayville doesn’t have East or West Egg, the village is just a short boat or car ride from where Jay Gatsby roamed.
She also pointed out that the library they were standing in was the carriage house for the Harrison Williams estate, which was a contemporary of the mansions mentioned in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel.
The hiring of two music teachers, a guidance supervisor, and three other teachers were approved recently by the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education.
The board unanimously approved the hiring of Michael Ginannetta as a seventh- and eighth-grade band teacher, replacing Stephen Walker, and Meagan Finnerty, as music teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School, replacing Robert Stern. Both Walker and Stern retired at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
In addition, the board voted to hire Debra Strell as supervisor of guidance services. Earlier in the year, the board had voted to hire a supervisor of guidance.
The TRA established the Theodore Roosevelt Police Awards in New York City in 1983 to honor TR’s distinguished service as president of the Board of Police Commissioners of New York City from 1895 to 1897, and in recognition of his enduring admiration for the police. He rose to that post—and a life of public service—after overcoming debilitating illness in his youth.
Whether you believe in tougher standards or overhauling curriculums, the big concern in education circles in a rapidly changing world where China is ascending: will American students be prepared for competition in the global economy? The issue is central to the movement for curriculum reform. drives.
At Portledge School in Locust Valley, administrators have long embraced the new reality with international classrooms via skype, foreign language lessons and school trips abroad. But now, as part of a campus-wide mandate on building skills for the 21st Century, Portledge takes a bold next step by enrolling 18 students from Asia for the 2013-14 school year.
A new not-for-profit, Veterans Small Business Development Organization (VSBDO) has been formed to help veterans to start their own businesses. Matthew Meng announced the project at the July meeting of the East Norwich Chamber of Commerce.
He and former Congressmen Lester Wolf (VSBDO chairman and president), John L. Copen (secretary and vice president an entrepreneur), Neil J. Moritt, Esq. (vice president, an attorney located in Locust Valley), Matt Meng (treasurer and vice president, a business owner), have formed the group. They are interested in assisting and enabling veterans who wish to re-enter the workforce as self-employed entrepreneurs by providing them with start- up capital. Meng said, “The unemployment rate for veterans is 30 percent. To my knowledge there is no program to give funding to returning veterans to start their own business.”
In the final days of the hotly contested skirmish over 54 acres of land that the Town of Oyster Bay wants to sell, harsh accusations are flying thick and fast-- some with more merit than others.
Last Tuesday, the town board approved payment of $600,000 in legal fees to Sinnerich, Kosakoff & Messina, LLP for negotiating the sale of town land to a trio of developers and fending off legal challenges.
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