Oyster Bay Town Historian John Hammond has recently published a book on the Civil War entitled, Civil War Records: Town of Oyster Bay.
Mr. Hammond explained the publication’s timing and purpose saying, “This year is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War in 1861, and the publication of about 100 pages - is an index of all of the Town of Oyster Bay records that are relevant to the civil war. It is really a research document for people doing genealogy research or research on the Civil War.”
Oyster Bay Historical Society Executive Director Phillip Blocklyn said of the publication, “I think it’s a wonderful resource, and also the timing of the issue is fortunate because this year we received the Elizabeth Roosevelt donation of her family documents and the James A. Roosevelt connection to the northern war effort ties in very much with that.” FYI: James A. Roosevelt was the brother of TR’s father Theodore Sr. - James A. Roosevelt is also the great-grandfather of Elizabeth Roosevelt, who donated the family documents to the OBHS.
It is reassuring to know that here on the north shore of Long Island, while the poor are never far away literally, they are never forgotten virtually. There is a caring system embedded into the community to provide for others – in this affluent community. Those in need yesterday often become the donors of today: the reverse sometimes happens. As life goes on and changes, people remember what the difference is between having and not having.
At this time of year the annual Holiday Sharing Program run by CSAC, a committee of the Interreligous and Human Needs Committee is in full swing. Co-chairs of the Holiday Sharing Program, Carol and Randy Daub were seated on the wooden bench in the Meditation Garden in the back of the First Presbyterian Church on Monday, Nov. 21. They were overseeing the distribution of foodstuffs for Thanksgiving dinners, part of the annual program.
On Saturday, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sagamore Hill National Historic Site will host Christmas with the Roosevelts at Sagamore Hill.
Please note that this will be one of your last chances to see the Roosevelt Home since it will be closing to the public for a three-year period beginning December 5, 2011 due to a major rehabilitation of the home. However the life of TR at Sagamore Hill will continue to be available through visits to the Visitor Center, Theodore Roosevelt Museum at Old Orchard and the grounds that will continue to be open and free interpretive programs will be offered.
Listeners at the Oyster Bay Town Board meeting for granting landmark status to the Maine Maid Inn in Jericho were surprised and delighted (shown by sudden applause) as Supervisor John Venditto proposed the town might purchase the historic building. The suggestion was made as Town Commisioner of Planning and Development Fredrick Ippolito talked about what happened a year ago with the Octagon Hotel in Oyster Bay. It was a building that was empty, old and dilapidated and in danger of demolition and now it has six apartments and retail space rented – a success story. He said a letter from Sienna bank said the Maine Maid Inn is in foreclosure and they don’t know what will happen with the building.
“Unfortunately,” Lisa Ott, president of the North Shore Land Alliance said, “We just heard from an article by Bill Bleyer in Newsday, that the people we thought were going to buy the Trousdell house, aren’t going to buy it. The newspaper showed a photograph inside the house of Bernard Austin of Harrison Design Associates of Locust Valley, who did all the pro bono work in beginning the process of restoration.”
“All the sailors are in the running for the Sailor of the Year title,” said USS TR Captain Roger Curry. “Since there are 3,000 crew members, we have to pick the four of the best of the best.”
Werner and Lottie Hess were the guest speakers at the Oyster Bay Jewish Center as they shared their stories of growing up in Germany under the rule of Hitler, as Kristallnacht, Nov. 9, 1938 was commemorated.
The story of Kristallnacht has been told many times, but there are always some people who haven’t heard it and the power of its message for humanity. Werner Hess was a teenager living in Germany when Adolph Hitler came to power. He said several prime ministers had tried to rule the country after World War I with no success. Some believed Hitler too would be quickly gone, but instead, he began to initiate the plan he laid out in Mein Kampf to cure the ills of Germany after their defeat in the war. Mr. Hess said over the 12 years of Adolf Hitler’s rein, Germany went from being the most educated and liberal country in the world, to become the most barbarian country.
Just how do you pack an African Cape Buffalo head when it is part of the historic Sagamore Hill National Park site collection? Theodore Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill home will undergo a $6.2 million rehabilitation beginning in spring 2012. The three year project will give the home a comprehensive interior and exterior rehabilitation of its architectural and structural elements, from its roof to the foundation and for that work to begin – the house needs to be cleared and the collection put in storage.
Oyster Bay Civic Association (OBCA) President Bill Von Novak said the Town of Oyster Bay informed them it will place the improvements to Firemen’s Field into their budget that will be adopted in the fall of 2012. Mr. Von Novak said he and East Norwich Civic Association President Matt Meng; Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce President Michele Browner; Main Street Association Executive Director Isaac Kremer; Rob Brusca and Phil Blocklyn of the Oyster Bay Historical Society attended a meeting with the town where they were told that work on Firemen’s Field is set for 2013. The parking lot area will be re-designed with landscaping, and a comprehensive drainage system overhaul is planned for this, Phase III of the park renovation.
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