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.”
Sunday, June 24, 2012 was a perfect day in Oyster Bay. It was 80 degrees under bright blue skies. You couldn’t have asked for better conditions to celebrate the commencement of the Class of 2012. At the stroke of noon, Mr. Matthew Sisia raised his baton and the Oyster Bay High School combined Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble struck the familiar chords of Edward Elgar’s venerable classic, “Pomp and Circumstance.”
The crowd was soon surrounded by a sea of purple and white robes as the graduates marched out the doors of the high school led by the Class of 2012 Honorary Marshals: Elizabeth Gurdus, Kristen Poppe, Alessandra Puccio and Dean Smiros.
Town of Oyster Bay Historian John Hammond said he and Mr. Butts of the Legion, who run the annual 4th of July parade, work out a theme. Last year it was the Civil War. “This year the theme is Theodore Roosevelt and the Bull Moose Years, and the campaign of 1912. It is an appropriate theme for Oyster Bay. James Foote will be speaking as TR. I don’t know exactly what he will say as yet,” said Mr. Hammond.
Mr. Goldman said he and the other election inspectors were selected from a list provided by the Nassau County Board of Election (NCBOE).
He added, “She’s a lovely woman and she’s what we all should aspire to.”
Bay Day was run using local people including: local artists, the Oyster Bay Youth Athletic Association kids, who took over the new ball fields at the Theodore Roosevelt Park, and participants from the Tuesday’s Cruise Night car shows and the Farmers Market. “Dancing in the Streets was supposed to take place but was rained out,” said Mr. Imperatore. “The Bay Day events highlighted all the things that normally take place in Oyster Bay.”
The Incorporated Village of Bayville election will take place on June 19. Running are three incumbents - trustees Timothy Fay, Kate Naughton and Peter Valsecchi of the Taxpayers Party. Also running is write-in challenger candidate, Harry E. Pinkerton III, of the Concerned Citizens Party. Voting takes place at the Bayville Village Hall and at the Bayville Firehouse. from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The four candidate’s statements appear on this page. [Village Justice Anthony Perri is running unopposed for his seat in the election.]
Kerry Gillick Goldberg, Oyster Festival 2012 promoter, announced they have found the showcase ship for the October 13 and 14 event. “It’s the Peacemaker and she’s a beauty,” she said. Oyster Festival Committee Tall Ships co-chair Jennifer Sappell (with James Werner) said, “It’s a magnificent, elegant and glamorous boat, but it’s not a historical one. It’s an unusual boat. It was off the Carolinas, and took second place in Op Sail in New Orleans. It was the second choice for the festival? The first place went to a government-sponsored ship from Indonesia, the KRI Dewaruci. It had 70 costumed dancers in the rigging.”
Finding a tall ship in this economy was a real task. Ms. Sappell (the Long Island North Shore Heritage area executive director) said, “In these economic times, normal people can’t keep tall ships anymore. The economics of running them is impossible to maintain. Here with the Peacemaker, you have a devoted crew that are together because of their philosophical belief.”
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