This month, customers of the Jericho Water District received emergency notification phone calls telling them of a serious drought situation and asking them not to water their lawns until they received further notification.
It was a perfect summer night, on Thursday, June 17 as friends and supporters of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum (OBRM) gathered at the Sagamore Yacht Club to usher in their “Fourth Annual Summer Solstice Celebration.” It also marked the launch of the Museum’s new website -www.obrm.org. The annual fundraiser actually took place four days before the major celestial event marking the longest day, and shortest night of the year. This minor anomaly, however, did nothing to dampen the spirits and enthusiasm of the guests. In attendance were new members of the OBRM Advisory Board, Lisa Ott, president of the North Shore Land Alliance and Roger Bahnik, chairman and CEO of Mill-Max Corp. Roger was joined by his wife, Lori. Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Anthony Macagnone, a staunch supporter of the Museum also joined in the festivities.
The Rotary Club of Oyster Bay held its 68th annual installation dinner at the Swan Club on Wednesday, June 30. Master of Ceremonies Chris Gallagher called the assembly of 50 to order and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by saying of grace from Rotarian Debra Goyena. In his opening comments, outgoing president Jim Werner commented “I have enjoyed serving my term as the president, and thankful to the board for their support. I am incredibly proud of the accomplishments that we have achieved over the last 12 months, and look forward to continuing the success under Jim Fuccio’s leadership.”
The Oyster Bay Historical Society and Roslyn Landmark Society have collaborated on what promises to become the event of the summer - “An Evening at Twinight” on Sunday, July 11.
Walk a short distance up Sandy Hill Road from Oyster Bay High School to experience a taste of Oyster Bay’s past and present, complete with glamorous estates, horses, and natural treasures. Nassau County’s Tiffany Creek Preserve, long loved for its peaceful forested trails on 45 acres west of Sandy Hill Road, contains another 155 acres across the street. These parcels were acquired by the County, with help from The Nature Conservancy, in 1992, and are made up of old growth woodlands, extensive fields, a large freshwater pond, and freshwater wetlands. The Preserve, open to the public, is crisscrossed by winding paths that can carry a walker through and around all of these habitats and over hilly terrain, from the Preserve parking area just north of Berry Hill Road to Held Pond near Cove Road. Trails are maintained by Sagamore Farms and the Telephone Pioneers and denoted by round silver and blue hiker markers.
When you think of the years of service represented by the wonderful people who will be leaving the Oyster Bay East Norwich community at the end of this school year, it is hard not become tearful. These professionals have logged over a century of experience and dedication to creating an educational environment of excellence in Oyster Bay. There are five teachers retiring and two administrators making career moves. All were posed with five questions in an effort to honor them with a fond farewell. The questions were:
Sabrina Layne finished first in her class to become the Valedictorian for the Oyster Bay High School graduating class of 2010. Sabrina plans on heading west in September to attend Stanford University outside of San Francisco. Sabrina will study Human Biology and Global Health. Sabrina hopes to play intramural tennis while there. During her years at Oyster Bay High School Sabrina Layne played on a soccer travel team and was a member of the varsity tennis team. Just last fall, she and her sister, Rebecca, earned All-County honors.
Since its inception 60 years ago, the Oyster Bay Community Band has provided free summer evening lawn concerts at Oyster Bay High School during the month of July. This year, however, the concert series may have to be cancelled or abbreviated. Due to budgetary constraints, the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District is no longer able to sponsor the concerts, so the band is reaching out to community organizations and individuals to help keep the music playing.
The Oyster Bay Historical Society had a chance to look back and look to the future at their annual meeting as members and friends filled the dining/meeting room of the Matinecock Masonic Lodge on June 10. Retiring president, Maureen Monck, Ph.D. said, “I had the opportunity to look back at the projection made at this meeting five years ago and I am pleased to say, ‘We did it!’ Yes, the building is up and in the process of being completed – on the exterior that is. I am pleased to tell you that we now need about $125,000 toward the Dolan-matching grant to complete the entire job. There are two fundraisers scheduled for this summer which will bring us even closer to this total.” The first is an art auction on July 11; the second is a gala on Aug. 28.
Hopefully you have seen the new trees planted in the hamlet of Oyster Bay. The trees have been planted by the Town of Oyster Bay Tree Division and the Highway Department at the request of the Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee. Chair Dottie Simons said, “The guys from the town make everything happen. They are wonderful, each and every one of them. And, credit goes to Town Supervisor John Venditto. He has a lot of great men working for him.”
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