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Veterans Cancel Pearl Harbor Event

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 08 November 2013 00:00

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.”


Oyster Bay Makes List

Written by Jill Nossa Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

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.”    


Re-Dedication For Funeral Home

Written by Enterprise-Pilot Staff Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

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.


2013 Race For County Legislature

Saturday, 02 November 2013 00:00

Dave Gugerty

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.


Knitted Purl Owner Honored

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00

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.


Civic Group Welcomes Candidates

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

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.


Dane Dazzles At Oyster Fest

Written by Jill Nossa, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:30

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.


Day Lilies Bloom For Historical Society

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Sunday, 27 October 2013 00:00

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.


Cathy And Stretch

Written by Lyn Dobrin, Saturday, 26 October 2013 00:00

Since she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, Cathy Scibelli of East Norwich has been on a journey of discovery; accompanying her is a three-inch tall teddy bear named Stretch.

Stretch became an important part of Cathy’s life one day when she was about to leave her house for treatment. She glanced over at her collection of stuffed bears (from the days she wrote a column called “Travels with Teddy” for Teddy Bear Review magazine) and the tiny brown bear on her bookshelf caught her attention. She tucked him into her purse. From then on, Stretch, named by Cathy’s husband because of the bear’s long legs and arms, accompanied her to all her appointments and treatments.


Tooling Around With Mel Warren

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Friday, 25 October 2013 00:00
For about the thirtieth time, Mel Warren worked as the Arts & Crafts coordinator for the Oyster Festival. This time he did it in a high tech way. While the public was invited to attend the Oyster Festival Oct. 19 and 20, Mel and the other organizers were busy on Thursday and Friday as tents, fences, picnic tables and vendors arrived.

Friday, Mel Warren was tooling around in his new electric wheelchair checking out the work he had done preparing the festival layout for the food court and corporate sponsors.


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