After more than a one-year pause, work is again underway on construction of the historic Oyster Dredge Ida May replica.
Clint Smith, president of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corporation (COSPC), explained, “We stopped because our fundraising slowed down and wasn’t sufficient to cover our expenses under the original plan. We had to find a way to lower the project cost.” One of the volunteers on the project proposed a different approach that utilizes more volunteer labor under the direction of a part-time shipwright. “This plan will extend the time required for the project but reduces the overall cost significantly,” Smith said.
Long time Centre Island resident Deborah Munson Smith has authored a charming book describing the plants and flowers of Centre Island. A Centre Island Botanica is not meant as a field guide, rather, it provides folklore and anecdotal comments about the more than 90 species of plants which the author was able to identify. Smith grew up on Centre Island and loved to explore the wild places. She lived in Carmel, CA for 20 years, and after returning to Centre Island in
1981, decided to write a book about the beautiful plants she encountered during her walks around the island.
This year, Oyster Bay will not hold its traditional Pearl Harbor Day commemoration held annually on Dec. 7, at the waterfront at Theodore Roosevelt Park. American Legion Commander Reginald Butt, Jr. explained the reasons saying, “Last year there was a total of 42 veterans attending and 25 of them were from the Bayville Post and there was a 125-piece band from the Plainview Old Bethpage School District. Last year, the band outnumbered the veterans and with the problems the Bayville American Legion is facing, they might not attend this year.”
Last month a list was released by Newsweek ranking the top high schools in America. Oyster Bay East Norwich High School showed up as number 425, making it 64th in the state.
“Rankings such as those by Newsweek provide important measures of district progress as we strive to truly maximize each student’s personal potential for their futures,” says Dr. Laura Seinfeld, Superintendent of Schools, Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District. “We continue to design and refine learning opportunities focused on excellence and equity in alignment with the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education’s first goal for the 2013-14 school year: ‘to continuously improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment in order to enhance learning opportunities and achievement of all students.’”
Dr. Dennis O’Hara said, “We, at Oyster Bay High School, are proud of this ranking. We strive to provide our students with the best education and overall experience possible. Newsweek’s ranking is an indication of the effort that is put forth by our students, faculty, administration and Board of Education. It is also reflective of the supportive partnership we enjoy with the community. There are many great things happening at Oyster Bay High School each day. Being ranked by Newsweek magazine among the nation’s top high schools is just one of them.”
On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Oyster Bay Funeral Home opened its doors to the community to showcase its newly expanded and appointed facilities. The funeral home underwent a major transformation, nearly doubling in size its chapel area.
Many local residents, clergy, family, staff and friends attended the event.
Dave Gugerty is running as a Democrat for the Nassau County Legislature in the 18th legislative district.
He is currently the Chief of Staff to the Democratic Caucus at the county legislature. He is running because he believes that he can help put the county on a path to sound financial footing. Gugerty is an attorney who began his career in public service, before starting his own private law firm. In 2005, he re-entered public service as Chief Legal Counsel in the county legislature. He also has served as a Civil Service Commissioner and as Nassau County Public Administrator. He served as an elected trustee of the Village of Bayville from 1994-2002.
Patty McSkane of the Knitted Purl has demonstrated her qualifications to be named the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Person of the Year.* It will be evident next spring when the Oyster Bay commercial area will be enlivened with her Hand-Stitched Hamlet project. She is working with fiber artist Carol Hammel to give hugs, via colorful crocheted wraps, to trees, poles, cannons and the bandstand. The project is being funded by McSkane, Oyster Bay Main Street Association and the Oyster Bay East Norwich Chamber of Commerce. It promises to make the hamlet a Long Island showpiece.
Good things happened at the East Norwich Civic Association’s last meeting of the year on Oct. 24. The North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association presented Mel Warren with a check for $500 and David Gugerty added one for $100 to help the Friends of Mel Warren fund his van and motorized wheel chair. Representing the Baymen were Eileen and Joe Finke and Jack Chale. Finke said the funds were earned at the Oyster Festival where they sold lobster dinners for $60. He said the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association is unique in that although they all compete, they keep together as a group and he credited that to their working together at the food court in the Oyster Festival over the years. They raise funds that they give to charity, usually for the Matthew Fetzer Fund for children and their families fighting cancer, but for other worthy causes: all done quietly without photo ops.
The money is given through the Friends of Mel Warren, under the auspices of the ENCA. Laine Gunther, ENCA treasurer said so far the group has raised $29,975.58 toward Mel’s new motorized equipment.
Taking the stage at Oyster Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19 was Charlie Dane, who preceded her performance by telling the crowd, “This is my 15th Oyster Festival.” She meant that literally, though it was the third time the Oyster Bay High School sophomore has performed at the festival.
What was different about this performance was the inclusion of a full band, which Dane says she was very excited to debut at the festival.
Visitors entering the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Angela Koenig Research and Collections Center via the parking lot behind it, will be pleased to see a new garden area. The Main Street Nursery and Florist of Huntington recently donated and planted day lilies that define the back entrance to the research center.
Fran Leone, a longtime Oyster Bay Historical Society board member has been focusing on its garden area this past year, as has Hal Johnson. “We both do the watering. Millicent Pittis also helps two days a week. In the summer we may have to water everyday, according to the weather.
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