On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.
GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.
“I had this idea for a festival years ago, and when I finally nailed down a date, people are coming out of the woodwork to be a part of it,” says Losee.
When Danielle Taylor decided to compete in a six-mile civilian military obstacle course last September, she knew two things: she did not want to do it alone and she wanted the challenge to have a purpose. She found a partner in Jeannine DelPozzo and a worthwhile cause in the Morgan Center.
Both Taylor and DelPozzo are entrepreneurs; Taylor, of Bish Bash Books in Oyster Bay and DelPozzo of DelPozzo Foods, in East Norwich. Each have a history of using their businesses to support local charities. Bish Bash Books used the iPad give back program to support at-risk children while DelPozzo Foods has supported Island Harvest in their efforts to combat hunger.
Our experience of 9/11 has changed; today it is seen as part of a journey and not an isolated event. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, President Barack Obama spoke to the nation saying the battle against terrorism is ongoing.
That awareness that we had gone through the experience of the fall of the Twin Towers and had rebounded, but the danger is not over, and the battle is still to be won was repeated by Senator Carl Marcellino at the Day of Commemoration at the Oyster Bay 9/11 Memorial Garden on the Western Waterfront on Thursday evening.
“Visitation is up 300 percent,” said Harriet Gerard Clark, Raynham Hall Museum director.
“Two-thirds of them come because of reading the book by Brian Kilmeade, George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution, and seeing the series ‘Turn’ on A&E,” added Tom Valentine, docent, who keeps the list of visitors. Soon the series will include the story of Robert Townsend of Oyster Bay who was known as Culper, Jr. when he was a spy for George Washington.
Alex Sutherland, director of education, nailed his definition. “He was the most important spy for George Washington because he had the perfect cover. He was pretending to be a Loyalist and writing for a Loyalist newspaper and befriending British officers at his coffee shop in downtown New York while secretly collecting information.
As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.
“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”
This week marks the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, and our community is still mourning the loss of several native sons and daughters. These men and women have been immortalized, however, as their names are engraved in the monument at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan, which opened to the public this past May.
Locals who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald and were killed in the attacks include Joseph A. Kelly, 40, and Edward Joseph Papa, 47, both of Oyster Bay; Thomas Mahon, 37, and Christopher Paul Slattery, 31, both of East Norwich; Bernard E. Patterson, 46, of Upper Brookville; and Brooke Jackman, 23, of Mill Neck.
During the summer time, the James H. Vernon School Elementary School basketball courts are one of the favorite places for 13-year-old Matthew Byrne and his friends to play. Thursday, Aug. 28 was an extra special day at the courts as the Oyster Bay teenager and his friends participated in a two-on-two basketball tournament to support Birthday Wishes of Long Island. BWLI is an organization that brings birthday parties to children living in homeless shelters on Long Island.
Byrne got the idea for the charity event because he needed to perform a good deed as part of his Bar Mitzvah rite of passage.
The Hoffman Center is offering a private glimpse of native plants and wildlife, and a peek of a restored Gold Coast-era mansion through a guided tour on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 1 to 2 p.m. The invitation is extended to those who want to visit a slice of Nassau County history with a nature expert.
The Hoffman Center is a 155-acre area of meadow, oak-brush, forest and ponds, and the nature walk takes visitors through the mature and developing forest on a five-mile trail. The walk is an hour-long escape into nature where you will learn the history of the land, as well as about the native plants and wildlife that inhabit it.
Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.
However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647—or 8.8 percent.
Dawn Riley, Oakcliff Sailing Center executive director, alerted locals in her newsletter that the two-masted schooner Virginia was berthed at the Oyster Bay Marine Center, Thursday, Aug. 14 and was worth seeing. The ship stopped off in Oyster Bay as they traveled from Norfolk, VA to New London.
The Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation (VMHF) and Museum and their board member Steve Benjamin, formerly the owner of a sail loft business located in the Mill Pond House in Oyster Bay, invited people to tour the ship starting at 4 p.m. She was on the face dock at the Oyster Bay Marine Center. The ship is 121 feet long and painted black, so she was easy to see, berthed in the spot usually filled by Charles Dolan’s Knickerbocker.
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