Sagamore Hill National Historic Site roads that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy will soon be repaired with the help of federal funding. Last week, Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has allocated funds to repair the roads.
“Sagamore Hill provides local residents and visitors with an incredible peek into the life of President Theodore Roosevelt and the land and house he loved,” said Israel/ Sagamore Hill was the home of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, from 1885 until his death in 1919. The main house is currently undergoing rehabilitation and is expected to reopen to the public in 2015. The other areas of the property remain open.
Valentine’s Day was chosen as the perfect time to celebrate the 36th anniversary of the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay. In the absence of an executive director, since October when Gail Speranza left, Mary Frignani, program coordinator and Nancy Farinaccio program assistant, and all the staff members, have been sharing those responsibilities.
LEC member Belle Santora said, “They have been doing a wonderful job of running the center.”
A month after the death of a woman crossing Route 106 near the Norwich Gate apartments in East Norwich, the state transportation department has approved a new traffic light.
“We’re heartened with the announcement,” said Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs, following the New York State Department of Transportation’s announcement of approving the permit for a traffic light at the entrance to Norwich Gate, on Route 106 here near the Stop & Shop supermarket.
“This is something that we have been working on for years,” she noted, “though it is sad that it happened after such as a tragic death.”
Danny Moritz was a senior at Cornell when he got the news that would change his life forever. The 21-year-old was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
“I was speechless,” Danny said. “I wondered, why me?”
Though he was only one month away from graduation, he moved back home to Long Island. He finished up classes remotely while he underwent surgery and radiation therapy at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).
Television crews from channels 12, 5 and 11 came to the Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School’s grand opening of its “Heroic Long Island” museum on Jan. 31.
They came to cover the story of one of their own, foreign correspondent Marie Colvin, with roots in Oyster Bay and East Norwich. The museum, located in the high school library honors legendary Long Island figures now including journalist Colvin, who was slain while covering the Syrian uprising in February 2012. Colvin’s mother, Marie, and sister, Cat, attended the opening.
All junior officers were installed at the East Norwich firefighters 18th anniversary and annual dinner at the firehouse.
Captain Anthony Panella handed over the reins to the new Captain Brandon Perez, Lieutenant Jacqueline Romeo, 1st Lieutenant Sean Cronin, Corresponding Secretary Joe Panella, Recording Secretary Steven Sweet, Treasurer Jessica Cody and Sergeant at Arms John Jarvis.
Patricia Aitken was truly surprised when she walked into Jack Halyards American restaurant on Jan. 30. Friends and colleagues were there to celebrate her career change. After working for the Friends of the Bay for eight years, Executive Director Patricia Aitken decided to expand her horizon. As of Feb. 5, she is working for Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, engineers (NP&V). She has interfaced with them on projects as they worked on FoB projects.
Aitken said, “I’ve been working with the people from NP&V for a long time and I am enthusiastic about working with them. I’m looking forward to a new challenge.”
Most Long Islanders have great sympathy for people living on the South Shore where Hurricane Sandy came ashore and demolished homes, but the North Shore too was attacked and people are now dealing with the ravages of the storm. Driving along North Shore roads you can see the raw wood where trunks of trees have been split and limbs came crashing down.
The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center (TRS&AC) in Oyster Bay Cove is dealing with the financial problems of cleanup. Ted Scherff, TRS&AC director said, “I was out chain sawing this week. We lost about 50 trees as a result of Hurricane Sandy. We’ve cleaned out and taken away 10 to 12 of them,” he said on Thursday, Jan. 17.
The Chocolate Lady, a small business that can satisfy any chocolate craving, had its grand re-opening in Buckingham’s of Oyster Bay, on Jan. 17. The event opening brought members from the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce together, as well as supporters from the community. Legislator Judy Jacobs was also on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony and to present a citation.
There were more than 25 different types of chocolate to pick and choose from, in addition to premade boxes, with selections that ranged from simple milk chocolate to sea-salted caramel chocolate.
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