The Oyster Bay-East Norwich School board members are still considering what the budget they will present to voters on May 17 will be. The journey to the “right” figure is still being considered. At the March 15 board meeting Dr. Phyllis Harrington adjusted her last budget, in response to the community’s comments, maintaining the position of assistant principal and reducing the number of teachers being eliminated to three, to retain small classes in the Roosevelt Elementary School. Small classes are considered very important in elementary school.
Stephanie Murdock is a 2005 graduate of OBHS. She moved to Osaka, Japan in February 2011 and is working as an English teacher there. Here, she describes her experience of the past weeks’ events in Osaka and the perspective of an American in Japan.
On Friday March 11, as the largest earthquake in 150 years struck off the coast, north of Tokyo, I was on the tram in Osaka. I was reading the news on my phone, and missed the event going on around me. I didn’t notice any additional shaking on the tram and the people around me had no reaction. Later, to my surprise, I received a text,
“Did you feel the little earthquake about 10 minutes ago?”
In several of their meetings the East Norwich Civic Association has been discussing the Saratoga Associates master plan for all Nassau County preserves, using the Muttontown Preserve as the example. At their Feb. 24 meeting, President Matt Meng said the ENCA was sending a letter to SA that included seven suggestions for the plan.
The North Shore Land Alliance signed a contract with the family of Dr. James Trousdell to purchase the 2-plus acre parcel located at the corner of East Main Street and Sandy Hill Road in Oyster Bay on Monday, March 7. The property holds a historic circa 1845 “summer” house, the lovely stone remains of a barn, and a small garage. The sale attracted a number of developers who planned to tear the house down and replace it with a development of up to five new houses.
Dr. Phyllis Harrington said at the Tuesday, March 1 Oyster Bay-East Norwich board of education meeting that she was pleased that 97 people watched the Budget Forum broadcast live from their Internet site obenschools.org on Tuesday, Feb. 15. She added that she would like the reverse – that even more came in person, as she welcomed a large audience in the OBHS library.
She said the goal of this second budget meeting was to follow up on the questions of the previous meetings. “We want you to be as informed as possible,” she said.
In recognition of his service to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich community, the East Norwich Civic Association plans to present a plaque to Jack Libert, Esq., formerly the Town of Oyster Bay Commissioner of Public Works, as well as Commissioner of Planning and Development. Mr. Libert, an Oyster Bay resident, recently retired from the Town and has returned to practice law with the Mineola law firm at which he was previously a founding partner, Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo, Cohn & Terrana. He is now Counsel in the Firm’s Real Estate department. His area of concentration is co-op and condominium offerings, finance, administrative law, zoning law, land use planning and related litigation.
Edmund Morris, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the 1979 book The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, and its much lauded sequel in 2002, Theodore Rex, returned to Oyster Bay on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Christ Church Community Room to speak with eloquence about his recently published and final volume on TR, Colonel Roosevelt (Random House).
Ben Jankowski, Oyster Bay Railroad Museum board chair is “the man with the plan.” The museum board has produced a new business plan, available in pdf form for you to download. “Everything is ready to tell people what our business plan is,” said Mr. Jankowski. “It’s the result of many variations on plans for the hamlet over the years. This is our most comprehensive plan,” he said.
The Oyster Bay East Norwich Board of Education officially kicked off the budget preparation season with the annual public budget forum on Tuesday, Feb. 15. The meeting was held in the Oyster Bay High School auditorium in anticipation of a large crowd. Turns out that there was standing room only as approximately 400 people jammed into the auditorium. Another 97 people watched the forum on their computers at home now that all Board of Education meetings are streamed live on the OBEN School District website (www.obenschools.org ).
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