Hopefully you will be one of the guests who accept the invitation to the fictional Shadow Ball to be held Thursday evening, April 35, in the Ballroom of the Oyster Bay Opera House, 15000 Cove Road, entrance via the Oyster Bay to Rye Bridge. A total of 600 cards of admission at $100 each (or 60 for $1,000) are available for this event to raise funds that are needed for emergency repairs to the Adelia & Cornelius McCoon House (a.k.a. the Trousdell House or Hillside).
The McCoons were married on June 27, 1842 by the Rev. Marmaduke Earle, a Baptist minister and known in the area as “The person to be married by in that era,” according to historian Julia Clark. He resided in the Earle-Wightman House that is the headquarters to the Oyster Bay Historical Society. The house is truly connected to Oyster Bay history.
Harlan Friedman of The Harlan Group has been chosen as the new promoter for Oyster Festival 2011. Mr. Friedman is joining forces with Kerry Gillick Goldberg of KGG Enterprises to publicize the annual fundraising food festival.
“We got the gig last week, and we are brainstorming now, and hope to bring some fun things to the table,” said the Oyster Bay High School Class of ’91 graduate.
The Oyster Bay Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 5-0 to accept the initial applications proposed by Matthew Meng to landmark the Maine Maid Inn in Jericho and the Community Methodist Church in East Norwich. The decisions were given during a hearing, held the evening of July 27 at town hall. The commission has 30 days during which to hold an official hearing on accepting the applications, after which they can recommend them to the town board as worthy of landmarking. The next step is for the town board to hold a public hearing before it makes its decision.
Village of Muttontown Deputy Mayor Carl-Jull Nielsen said of their new police force on Wednesday, July 27, “People have embraced it. We have very positive feedback from the residents. One recently said his alarm went off by accident at about 3 a.m. one morning and two officers arrived at the house in about three minutes.
“He was ecstatic, and is someone I have known in the village for 25 years.
“The general consensus is that traffic is slowing down on Route 106. It’s done with a police presence. There have been few tickets given out,” he added.
Every Friday during August, you will be seeing Dancing In the Street, from 7 to 9 p.m., weather permitting, on Audrey Avenue at the Bandstand in Oyster Bay! The event is free; you just bring your dancing shoes, your friends, and general goodwill.
“We have been involved in organizing a new event - Dancing in the Street. Imagine a cool summer evening in Oyster Bay, with happy folks dancing around the historic bandstand on the no less historic Audrey Avenue. We will be there and we hope you will join us,” said Ewa Rumprecht, one of the organizers of the event and co-owner of the Think Long Island First store in Oyster Bay.
On Friday, July 22, Acting State Supreme Court Justice Steven Jaeger ruled against the plan by the Republican-controlled Nassau County Legislature to redistrict the Legislature for the 2011 elections. The judge said that, according to the Nassau County Charter, the redistricting must wait two more years.
The plan to redistrict the county’s 19 legislative districts was voted on and passed in the Legislature on May 24, along party lines, and the Democrats, in turn, filed a lawsuit against the plan. Presently, the Republicans hold an 11-8 majority in the Legislature.
Terry Kelly of East Norwich is aiming to nab a seat on the Oyster Bay Town Board in the upcoming November elections. With a little luck he may just do that. On Friday, June 24, he was out with buddies on a fishing trip. “I caught a 157 lb. mako shark off Montauk,” said Mr. Kelly. “I go a few times a year around now, in June or July. We were on board the Windy, a charter out of Montauk.”
Currently Mr. Kelly is concentrating on getting his petitions signed to get on the ballot. “I need 350 signatures for the Independence Party, and 2,000 for the Democrats.”
This winter, the state fiscal watchdog NIFA took over Nassau County’s finances. Now, six months into the “control period” this summer, the authority’s attitude has apparently been heating up to match the seasons.
Meeting July 14 at The Long Island Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uniondale, NIFA’s board of directors employed an impatient and chiding tone, delivering a clear message: Nassau County’s efforts to rectify what NIFA considers to be a financial disaster in the making are not good enough.
Just to remind Oyster Bay of its revolutionary roots, Raynham Museum staff members marched in the annual Fourth of July Parade dressed in authentic Colonial costumes. The house museum was the home of the Townsends, and General George Washington’s spy, Culper Jr., (really Robert Townsend). The museum played a big part in our Revolutionary War beginnings, including being taken over by the Queen’s Rangers during that war.
Linking Oyster Bay’s past war with our present warriors, making their annual appearance in town were the Commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt and several crew members. Oyster Bay was the hamlet that donated items for the commissioning of the USS TR and there has remained a link between the ship and the hamlet ever since.
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