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Frinny Storrs Scholarship Fund Announced

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi: Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

The WaterFront Center promoted its marine education programs for children

The WaterFront Center (WFC) honored their longtime supporter Frinny Storrs, (Mrs. Richard C. Storrs) at their gala fundraiser held June 8 at the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club (SCYC) on Centre Island.  Auctioneer Mark DeNatale of Locust Valley gave people the opportunity to give $200 each for the Frinny Storrs WFC Scholarship. He started the “bidding” by donating the first $200 and saying, “this is a fantastic opportunity to continue to grow the programs of the WFC.”

He added, “She’s a lovely woman and she’s what we all should aspire to.”


OB-EN Chamber Expands Bay Day And Doubles The Fun Family Event

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi: Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

Doubling Bay Day made for three times the visitors

Visitors to Bay Day 2012 had the opportunity to view what happens on a daily basis in Oyster Bay — on the land and on the water. Walter Imperatore of Renaissance Properties co-chaired the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce’s (OB-EN CC) part of Bay Day with Michele Browner, president.

Bay Day was run using local people including: local artists, the Oyster Bay Youth Athletic Association kids, who took over the new ball fields at the Theodore Roosevelt Park, and participants from the Tuesday’s Cruise Night car shows and the Farmers Market. “Dancing in the Streets was supposed to take place but was rained out,” said Mr. Imperatore. “The Bay Day events highlighted all the things that normally take place in Oyster Bay.”


East Norwich FD Day June 16, Drill, Parade, Block Party

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi: Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

Celebrating 100 years of service to the community

The East Norwich Volunteer Fire Department is celebrating its 100th anniversary on Saturday, June 16, with a parade, drill and block party. The drill takes place at 10 a.m. at Firemen’s Field. The parade starts at 6 p.m. and will march from Muttontown to the East Norwich Fire House with the trucks going on to park at the Vernon School. There will be a path for pedestrians to walk back and forth to the East Norwich firehouse where an awards ceremony for the drill will take place, followed by a block party which will begin at about 8 p.m. There will be music from the town’s showmobile as Six Gun entertains the audience.

Four Candidates Vie For Three Seats On Bayville Village Board Of Trustees

Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

The Incorporated Village of Bayville election will take place on June 19. Running are three incumbents - trustees Timothy Fay, Kate Naughton and Peter Valsecchi of the Taxpayers Party. Also running is write-in challenger candidate, Harry E. Pinkerton III, of the Concerned Citizens Party. Voting takes place at the Bayville Village Hall and at the Bayville Firehouse. from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The four candidate’s statements appear on this page. [Village Justice Anthony Perri is running unopposed for his seat in the election.]


Oyster Festival 2012 Showcase Ship Is The Peacemaker Out of Georgia

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi: Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00

Oyster Festival weekend countdown to October 13 and 14 begins

Kerry Gillick Goldberg, Oyster Festival 2012 promoter, announced they have found the showcase ship for the October 13 and 14 event. “It’s the Peacemaker and she’s a beauty,” she said. Oyster Festival Committee Tall Ships co-chair Jennifer Sappell (with James Werner) said, “It’s a magnificent, elegant and glamorous boat, but it’s not a historical one. It’s an unusual boat. It was off the Carolinas, and took second place in Op Sail in New Orleans. It was the second choice for the festival? The first place went to a government-sponsored ship from Indonesia, the KRI Dewaruci. It had 70 costumed dancers in the rigging.”

Finding a tall ship in this economy was a real task. Ms. Sappell (the Long Island North Shore Heritage area executive director) said, “In these economic times, normal people can’t keep tall ships anymore. The economics of running them is impossible to maintain. Here with the Peacemaker, you have a devoted crew that are together because of their philosophical belief.”


Sagamore Hill Historic Site Is Also A Working Farm

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi: Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00

Two new exhibit facilities are introduced at ceremony

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (SHHNS) stepped back in time as it held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the Farm Shed and Chicken House on May 26. The two new interpretive exhibit facilities are intended to show that Sagamore Hill was actually a working farm.

“You are here at a moment in history,” said SHHNS Superintendent Thomas Ross. “It is the official start of the summer season at Sagamore Hill, over the Memorial Day weekend, when we honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country.”


Joint Civics Work Together In OB-EN

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi: Thursday, 31 May 2012 00:00

Civic groups partner and party together for the community’s good

It was basically a very nice party for a lot of civic-minded people when the East Norwich and Oyster Bay civic associations held their annual joint cocktail party on May 18. The event alternates between the Sagamore Yacht Club (this year) and the Pine Hollow Country Club (next year) in 2013, ad infinitum. The event is run – at cost – with the profits coming from raffles and a 50/50. The two civics use the funds for a scholarship to an Oyster Bay High School graduating senior, for beautification projects, for holiday decorations and other worthy causes.

Bay Day Features Transportation Fun In Boats, Cars, Kayaks, Trains, Trolleys

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi: Thursday, 31 May 2012 00:00

Mini-Oyster Festival event showcases waterfront events and street fair June 2 and 3

Bay Day, June 3, the annual festival to promote environmental awareness and stewardship hosted by the WaterFront Center, is a great day for the community. It’s a free event that strengthens the connection between Oyster Bay and the marine environment by providing exciting, water related activities at the Western Waterfront enriched by a street fair and auto show in the hamlet. Live music will be on the showmobile stage throughout the day and food and refreshments will be available.

The WaterFront Center organizes the activities at the Western Waterfront on Sunday, such as the Anything That Floats Race (ATFR), free harbor tours on the Christeen, free sails aboard their Sonar sailboats, free use of their kayaks and touch tanks with local marine life.


Drugs And Vandalism In Hamlet Causes Concern

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi: Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Residents are asked to report vandalism to local authorities

While everyone wants to think of drug problems as happening in other areas, it appears to be here in Oyster Bay, too. At the May 19 Oyster Bay Civic Association meeting, Bob Martin told the group that a friend gave him a small plastic bag that was found at Marino Fields on BerryHill Road. It was small enough to hold a pair of earrings, and had contained drugs. Additionally at the Theodore Roosevelt Park athletic fields, there was found a second empty bag, and then a third bag that contained a white powder, which was given to the police. Mr. Martin was concerned that young people are using drugs. “An act that can lead to their death,” he said.

“As a community we have to watch that, too,” said Mr. Martin who has been championing traffic safety in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich area. “Fathers should be aware – this is death.” He said a neighbor, a mother of four, gave him the drug packets that she spotted in the fields. The police have been informed, but Mr. Martin wanted parents to be watchful of the problem in regards to their own children.


Senator Gillibrand Pushes Feds To Update Fluke Study

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi: Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

New study could help determine more accurate quotas on summer flounder/fluke

Oyster Bay Harbor is known as a good fishing location, therefore the request of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) who urged the U.S. Commerce Secretary to immediately update the years-old national study assessing the population of summer flounder is welcome. The study could impact quotas for Long Island fishermen. With summer flounder season beginning, Senator Gillibrand pointed out that a new assessment is overdue and must include new scientific data to accurately determine the fish population and summer flounder quotas.

Tom Swiencki, of the Oyster Bay Marine Supply, explains: “Summer flounder is better known around here as fluke. South of New Jersey they call them summer flounder. That’s because they don’t have winter flounder, but we do.” 


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