To celebrate the centennial of both the Cape Cod and Panama Canals, local resident Elizabeth Roosevelt delivered a special illustrated lecture on the subject at the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center on Friday, Aug. 8. The former Oyster Bay High School teacher discussed the importance of the two canals to the United States and to the shipping industry .
The two canals, which were both officially opened in 1914, have had many ships pass through them over the years.
Right now, Oyster Bay is in bloom. From the well-tended gardens of Planting Fields to unmowed patches near the Shu Swamp preserve, flowers are not just beautify our community, they also are calling out to us to bring them inside our homes to add color and fragrance. You don’t hear them? Trust me, the flowers in your garden are even calling you by name.
But don’t just stuff a bouquet in a vase. Make them look as good and last as long as possible. To find out how to do that, as well as how to improve your backyard flora, I asked Scott Lucas, the greenhouse supervisor of Old Westbury Gardens for some advice. He invited to join him in his cutting garden.
Oyster Bay celebrated National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5 by incorporating the event with the weekly Cruise Night. Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) attended the annual event, to honor and thank the local police department for their outstanding commitment to the community and its safety.
The Second Precinct was well represented at the Tuesday evening Cruise Night on Audrey Avenue in Oyster Bay. In addition to an antique police car, there were two policemen and two police explorers.
The start of school is only a month away and school district officials are busy getting everything ready for the return of students in September. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher Van Cott gave a facilities update at the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 5.
In the high school the new bathroom reconstruction project is almost completed, as is the exterior masonry restoration project. The three main doors to the school building have also been worked on, giving them a fresh new look.
Representatives of the Town of Oyster Bay and the Oyster Bay Historic Preservation Roundtable have announced a preliminary agreement towards the preservation of the Mill Pond House, a town landmark on West Shore Drive.
The Mill Pond House, damaged this spring in two separate fires, will be offered for sale to the public under covenants that ensure its restoration to the strict standards of the United States Secretary of the Interior. In exchange, the town will work with the purchaser to allow flexibility in developing the remainder of the property’s acreage, to ensure its economic viability.
Sea Cliff-based band Dijon will take the stage on Bayville’s West Harbor Memorial Park on Friday, Aug. 8 as part of the weekly Music Under the Stars concert series, from 8 to 10 p.m. With their music careers on the rise, Dijon’s hard sound, good reputation, and passion to perform ensure that they will provide one of Bayville’s highest energy shows of the series.
Lead vocalist Chris Dijon, along with his brothers Max and Damian Ross on guitar and drums, respectively, plus bassist Simon Janusas and guitarist Carl Ferrara, have had a busy summer and are looking forward to playing a venue is that close to home, yet not too close.
LI DOG, the Long Island Dog Owner’s Group, is a not-for-profit organization championing the cause of the canine in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and it’s mission is to get the island’s four-legged friends the rights their passionate owners believe are owned to them.
LI DOG board member Peggy Heijmen of Oyster Bay said at the group’s recent meeting at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library that, as a whole, Long Island is a very unfriendly environment to own a dog in terms of outdoor areas that they are allowed to access. This holds especially true compared to other areas of the nation and even New York State, she said, where dog parks and on-leash access are far more common.
On Monday, July 28, there was a celebration at the home of Bill Von Novak honoring his service to the community as president of the Oyster Bay Civic Association for eight years. Many gathered at his home in Oyster Bay, where he has lived for 45 years, in order to thank him for all the good he has done for Oyster Bay during his years in office.
“He was a wonderful president,” said Stan Spiegelman, his vice president. “Besides being such a gentleman, he was so strong as a president. He never took sides, even on a big issue. He always wanted to do what the people wanted.”
The nursery school that has been a staple of the community for the past 37 years closed its doors last week, and a group of parents are fighting to keep the school open. Several have been sending letters to Pastor Nelson Kalombo Ngoy of the Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich, which houses the nursery school, expressing their love for the school and asking for ways to help save it.
Jane Obando of East Norwich, who enrolled both of her sons at Wesley Nursery School last September, says she was shocked to learn that school was closing so abruptly.
A family from Oyster Bay recently had the unique opportunity to enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the theater at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City. From the moment they entered the museum to their big moment in the spotlight, participants got to experience at least some of what the performers in the 145-seat theater do.
The tour, the very first of its kind, is an offering made exclusively available to Friends of the Theatre (FOTT) members. Theater Program Coordinator Cindy-Lou Edwards is overseeing the new initiative and says it was a way of thanking the families who have been coming for years to the programs at the theater.
The tour began when the participants entered through a secret door in the museum.
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