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Police Awards: Inspiring

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00
The sound of rain pounding down on the tent set up near the visitor’s center at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site didn’t dampen spirits at the presentation of awards to police by the Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA). The TRA Executive Director Laurence Pels talked about President Theodore Roosevelt’s history of fighting medical problems as the focus of the awards given to police officers who returned to duty after battling illness.

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.


Portledge School Welcomes Students From Asia

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

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.


New Group Helps Veterans

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Saturday, 17 August 2013 00:00

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.” 


Last Licks On Land Sale Vote

Written by Michael Scro Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00

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. 


Concerns Voiced Over Mall Plan

Written by Gary Simeone Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

On August 20, residents from all the communities in the Town of Oyster Bay will have a voice in the future of Syosset and Jericho. 


A town-wide voter referendum will decide whether a 54-acre plot of town-owned land right by the Long Island Expressway can be sold to a consortium of three developers—Simon Property Group, Castagna Properties and the Albanese Organization—which has indicated it plans a mixed-use facility, including apartments and shops. 


Another developer, Taubman Centers, currently owns a smaller, neighboring property and has been battling the town for 18 years to get a special permit to build a mall there.

Taubman has indicated it wants to bid on the town-owned site, which would allow it to expand its plans, and sued to force this referendum.   


Pushing Art In Oyster Bay

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:00

Teaching Studios of Art has been partnering with the Oyster Bay Historical Society for several recent events. They include classes for young artists during July and an exhibit on

Aug. 10 of the Plein Air Competition at Planting Fields. Additionally, there have been painting demonstrations by the TSA staff. Plein Air juror Bennett Vadnais demonstrated

landscape painting outdoors on Saturday, Aug. 10 at Planting Fields and the week before, Kristin Künc demonstrate portrait painting on Sunday, Aug. 2 at the Koenig Center.


Sunday afternoon, Nicole Menchise, OBHS librarian and archivist, was the model for portrait painter Künc. Sheila Brech, one of Kristin’s students at the Teaching Studios of

Oyster Bay said, “Watch the magic.”


Rotary Celebrates Tom Tetro At 90

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Friday, 09 August 2013 00:00

The Oyster Bay Rotary Club celebrated Tom Tetro’s 90th birthday at a lunch meeting at Jack Halyards American Restaurant on Wednesday, July 10. He joined Rotary in 2001. His Rotary friends came to celebrate the birthday, including his friend and neighbor Chris Gallagher’s wife Kathy and children Brian and Beth Anne. Kelsey Gallagher is away at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Tom Tetro’s daughter Tracy lives in Manhattan and daughter Valerie lives in Annapolis. Tom did offset lithography, working with printing and printing supplies, said Rotarian Jim Werner.


Fundraising Made Easy

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

East Norwich Civic Association Treasurer Lianne Gunther announced an easy fundraiser for the group. They have opened up a bank account for the ENCA at the TD Bank. “Just mention our name to TD Bank and they will give us a donation of $50,” she said happily.

Bob Lashuk, TD vice president store manager explained that when someone opens a new individual account at the bank they will give them $25 and will donate $50 to the ENCA. If someone has an existing TD account they will donate $10 to the ENCA. The bank will present the ENCA with the funds they are donating on the anniversary of their opening of the group’s account. “If 100 people sign up, that means we will present a check to ENCA President Matthew Meng for $5,000 after the end of the year,” said Lashuk. The new Affinity Program is available for qualified not-for-profits.


Nassau Considers ‘Complete Streets’ Bill

Written by Jill Nossa, Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

Local residents may soon have safer streets for walking and biking, pending adoption of a bill that is meant to go to vote this week.

At the July 29 committee session of Nassau County Legislature a new bill was discussed that is aimed at keeping bike and pedestrian safety in mind. The basics of the law called “Complete Streets” have been adopted by other governments such as New York State and New York City.  Since last year, when cyclists and runners voiced concerns about traffic safety on West Shore Road, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton has met with advocates like Tri-State Transportation Campaign and CLIMB (Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists). She hosted many such groups in her office and met with them on location out on dangerous streets.


Finally, New Traffic Light For 106

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Tuesday, 06 August 2013 15:44

Drivers going north and south on Route 106 have been watching the progress of new traffic lights placed outside of Heatherwood, the former Norwich Gates. At first, on Monday, July 29 flashing yellow lights appeared. The red and green traffic lights will be on shortly, said Legislator Judy Jacobs. The state likes to give motorists a chance to see that something is changing.


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