Austin Azzaretto, the Cruise Night chair, said that the NY AutoFest was originally scheduled for Sunday, July 29 but it was cancelled due to the unpredictable weather. The NY AutoFest is a series of car shows held throughout the summer. All shows help raise funds for charitable organizations such as the Knights of Columbus and others.
At the May 15 Oyster Bay Town Board meeting Paul Leo, a representative of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters questioned the town on a change order for Resolution 471 as the board was preparing to vote on it. Resolution 471 states, “Resolution pertaining to Changer Order No. 1. for Contract No. DP11-059, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park Seawall Rehabilitation – Construction Phase.” Mr. Leo said it was for more than half a million — $600,000. He said the contractor was the low bidder and he asked because of the magnitude of the change amount, “Did they miss something in the bid specifications?” He said that change orders of $30,000 or $40,000 was one thing but $600,000 was not a change order.
The DOT held a public hearing on the morning of Wednesday, July 25, in the Oyster Bay Community Center regarding the town’s request to relocate the at-grade pedestrian crossing over the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) tracks to Audrey Avenue. In response to a request from the public, they want to move the crossing from Maxwell Avenue,120 feet east to Audrey Avenue. NYSDOT Acting Chief Administrative Law Judge Robert A. Rybak presided over the hearing.
The National Park Service (NPS) is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (SHNHS) on Saturday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In July, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed the legislation to transfer Sagamore Hill, the Long Island home of Theodore Roosevelt, from the Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) to the American people, to be administered by the NPS.
The July 28th kickoff to a year-long celebration is free and features unique events that will commemorate this significant occasion.
“In the memory of the children we lost on that awful day, we can take some simple steps to educate and warn boat owners and their passengers how many people a vessel can safely handle,” said Senator Schumer. “It doesn’t make much sense that we require capacity limits to be posted for most everything from ballrooms to classrooms, and boats under 20 feet in size, but not recreational vessels over 20 feet.”
Stop & Shop on Pine Hollow Road in Oyster Bay is closing but in the famous words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, they could be saying, “I’ll be back...”
Store manager John Buchner was getting all his ducks in a row as he prepared for the closing last Wednesday, July 11. The shelves were looking empty but there was a steady stream of customers doing their last minute shopping – or better still, next few weeks’ shopping. The store is expecting to open again in early to mid-August.
What the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) learned from Hurricane Irene was LIPA District Manager Lauren Brookmeyer’s as she spoke at the June 28 East Norwich Civic Association meeting. It was a timely topic since U.S. senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and congressmen Steve Israel and Tim Bishop announced on July 6, that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding more than $12.7 million to reimburse LIPA for repairs to the electrical power transmission and distribution system to repair damages caused by Hurricane Irene.
Congressman Tim Bishop brought the message home to residents in the grant announcement saying, “This federal aid will help offset the cost of restoring power after Hurricane Irene, sharply reducing the burden on LIPA customers.” He added “FEMA’s response shows a strong commitment to Long Island taxpayers.”
A plein air competition of 36 artworks created at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (SHNHS) culminates in an exhibition at the newly converted Arts Space in the Rodgers’ Building at 120 Audrey Avenue in Oyster Bay, July 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. Paintings still wet from being just completed hours before will be on display. There will be some light hors d’oeuvres, and wine. If you are in the market for a reasonable priced, original work of art, this is the perfect event for you.
The juried show is the project of Ron Geller of the Painting Studios of Oyster Bay. Held last year at the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center, Philip Blocklyn, OBHS executive director said they would have loved to host the event this year again, but they are opening their exhibit from the National Park Service, “Witness Trees” the next day, Sunday, June 15.
The Oyster Bay Historical Society (OBHS) is holding the inaugural Advocates for Historic Preservation and Education Awards Reception, sponsored by Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., and hosted by Steven Mucciolo, partner and financial advisor. The reception takes place on Tuesday, July 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Woodlands at 1 Southwoods Road in Woodbury. This special event will honor Long Islanders who have distinguished themselves as advocates for history’s vital role in our lives today.
Philip Blocklyn, OBHS executive director said, “Because historic preservation and education are two critical elements of the society’s core mission, it is more than fitting that we recognize those among us active in promoting Long Island’s heritage. In addition, the reception will raise funds in support of the Society’s ongoing programs and services.”
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