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Coast Guard Cleans Up Beach

Friday, 03 October 2014 00:00

Hosted by the Town of Oyster Bay’s Environmental Resources Department on Saturday, Sept. 20, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary joined with many local and surrounding community volunteer groups for beach and waterway clean up. Cleanup crews from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAUX) unit, Flotilla 22-05 in Oyster Bay, have always responded to this call.

From the auxiliary was responsible to clean up debris both on the waterway and the beaches within Oyster Bay Harbor and Centre Island.

 

Long Island’s Most Scenic Drive

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, oysterbay@antonnews.com Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

With a general discontent about the view-blocking pedestrian railings recently installed along West Shore Road, the discussion at the Oyster Bay Civic Association meeting on Sept. 18 focused on the possibility of having the road designated as a scenic highway.

This concept was suggested by Gregory Druhak of Centre Island, a regular traveler along West Shore Road, who said, “I believe this is the most scenic drive on Long Island west of the Hamptons, perhaps on all of Long Island itself, and it is not being treated as such. I feel we are being given the Lefferts Boulevard [down by JFK airport] expressway extension instead. For all you can see, it might as well be the Belt Parkway below the fence instead of Oyster Bay. This is wrong.”  

 

Oyster Fest Welcomes The Amistad

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, oysterbay@antonnews.com Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

 

Stay In Shape Locally At Diamond Fitness

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, oysterbay@antonnews.com Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.

 

Oakcliff Hosts Final Grand Slam Event

Written by Tab Hauser, oysterbay@antonnews.com Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

The Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay hosted what was the fourth and final event in the prestigious international Grand Slam Series sailboat races.

The race, held in Oyster Bay, hosted teams from France, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and Singapore as well as five United States teams. One team, Riptide Racing, is based in Oyster Bay.

Racing is a lifelong passion for the team members on all the boats. The Enterprise-Pilot spoke to John Colburn, Chris Kennedy and Captain Chris Poole of Riptide Racing from Oyster Bay to get some insight into their lives. We learned that these dedicated sailors give up much for racing.

 

Periwinkles Caters To Community

Written by Mary Awad Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00

Serving Oyster Bay and the rest of Long Island since 1990, Periwinkles is an Oyster Bay business on Audrey Avenue that assists with event planning, staging and staffing and catering a multitude of different events. Periwinkles was started by Pat Spafford, who was encouraged to take her passion and make it a career.

 

“I was raising a family and doing this part-time,” said Spafford. “One of my clients encouraged me to make it full-time. Most of my clientele was from Oyster Bay so I settled here. I have a huge affection for the people and the place. It’s great that I have been successful here for so long.” 

 

Local Music Fest In Oyster Bay

Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00

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.

 

Moms Compete For Children With Cancer

Written by Denise Trezza Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

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.

 

9/11 Now Seen As Part Of A Journey

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

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.

 

Busy Season For Raynham Hall Museum

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, oysterbay@antonnews.com Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00

“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.

 

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