The Oyster Bay Main Street Association has been gently tweaking buildings in historic Oyster Bay by bringing in “outside dollars” to the hamlet over the past few years for restoration and preservation. They recently received a grant for $500,000 to add to $200,000 last year; and a $70,000 Preserve America federal matching grant; and a $10,000 grant for the Octagon Hotel. “So over the last three years, that comes to $950,000,” said Isaac Kremer, OB MSA executive director.
It would seem the Oyster Bay Main Street Association is building on their success with each grant they receive, but executive director Isaac Kremer said his best selling feature is Oyster Bay- the hometown of Theodore Roosevelt. “When I go around the country on conferences the best thing I can tell them is I’m restoring Theodore Roosevelt’s hometown and people understand and most of the time they go out of their way to support it. They appreciate the Roosevelts and that Oyster Bay is the place that should be kept at its best because it is a strong memorial to him,” Mr. Kremer said.
Joan Aileen Whiteman Imhof died on Dec. 12. A resident of Bayville, she was the wife of John Imhof and the mother of Julie and Meg. She died at the age of 67, of complications of a fast moving pancreatic tumor.
Joan Imhof’s death is a loss to the community because in her life she made such an effort to work for the community’s good.
The Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s Board of Directors Fundraising Committee coordinated a Holiday Art Exhibit and Sale on Dec. 4. The event was held at the picturesque Sewanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club on Centre Island and featured the artwork of their in-Center artists as well as local noted artists.
At the Sewanhaka event, Gail Speranza, LEC executive director thanked the fundraising committee, including Beth Polner Abrahams, Patricia Azmitia, Edward Mohlenhoff, Susan Peterson Neuhaus and Lillian Soricillo. She presented a bouquet of flowers to Ms. Soricillo, chair of the group.
NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo visited West Hempstead’s Cornwell Avenue School on Dec. 12, to sign into law the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation bill, which has been touted by the governor and supporting legislators as bringing real tax relief to businesses and the middle class in New York State.
The state legislature passed the bill on Dec. 7.
The Monday, Dec. 12, Bayville Village board meeting opened with the board’s business motions to accept the warrants and claims as presented, and to pass the prior meeting’s resolutions as accepted.
A recommendation was accepted for an appointment to the Village of Bayville’s Environmental Conservation Commission. Ms. Beth Bates, a fourth-grade teacher from Bayville Intermediate School, was recommended to serve on the committee, which works on environmental projects such as removing invasive species from woodlands in the Harrison Williams Woods and preservation of trees, removing invasive vines.
The life journey of the new Ida May began on December 9, 2011, at the official keel laying in J Building on the Western WaterFront of Oyster Bay. Two silver dollars were placed by Clint Smith and Franklin Flower into circular holes made by shipwright Dave Short for them. One is a 1925 silver dollar and the other, a 2011 silver dollar. Ida May Project board member Gregory Druhak said Mr. Short had to enlarge one hole since the 2011 silver dollar is bigger.
Shipwright Dave Short said after the weekend they would be standing up the eight frames that form the body of the ship that they just completed. “We are trying to create some momentum. I want to stay here and see it all through,” he said.
The Monday, Nov. 28 meeting of the Bayville Village Board began with the recognition of two heroic police officers. The NCPD officers were honored for their selfless bravery during the helicopter rescue of the driver of a car that was hit by a tree branch on Bayville Ave. on Aug. 28 during extreme conditions of Hurricane Irene. The officers, NCPO Darin Costello and NCPO Dan Bednartz, were presented with citations for their bravery.
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.
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