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Stop & Shop Renovation Begins For Reopening Planned For Mid-August

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

New improved store will open with expanded produce and new technology

Stop & Shop on Pine Hollow Road in Oyster Bay is closing but in the famous words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, they could be saying, “I’ll be back...”

Store manager John Buchner was getting all his ducks in a row as he prepared for the closing last Wednesday, July 11. The shelves were looking empty but there was a steady stream of customers doing their last minute shopping – or better still, next few weeks’ shopping. The store is expecting to open again in early to mid-August.


LIPA Talks To East Norwich Civic On Learning From Hurricane Irene

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

FEMA awards more than $12.7 million to reimburse LIPA for repairs caused by Hurricane Irene

What the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) learned from Hurricane Irene was LIPA District Manager Lauren Brookmeyer’s as she spoke at the June 28 East Norwich Civic Association meeting. It was a timely topic since U.S. senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and congressmen Steve Israel and Tim Bishop announced on July 6, that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding more than $12.7 million to reimburse LIPA for repairs to the electrical power transmission and distribution system to repair damages caused by Hurricane Irene. 

Congressman Tim Bishop brought the message home to residents in the grant announcement saying, “This federal aid will help offset the cost of restoring power after Hurricane Irene, sharply reducing the burden on LIPA customers.” He added “FEMA’s response shows a strong commitment to Long Island taxpayers.”


Sagamore Hill Inspires July 14 Art Show In The Arts Space

Written by D.F. Karppi: Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Newly painted artwork in the plein air style on exhibit and for sale

A plein air competition of 36 artworks created at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (SHNHS) culminates in an exhibition at the newly converted Arts Space in the Rodgers’ Building at 120 Audrey Avenue in Oyster Bay, July 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. Paintings still wet from being just completed hours before will be on display. There will be some light hors d’oeuvres, and wine. If you are in the market for a reasonable priced, original work of art, this is the perfect event for you.

The juried show is the project of Ron Geller of the Painting Studios of Oyster Bay. Held last year at the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center, Philip Blocklyn, OBHS executive director said they would have loved to host the event this year again, but they are opening their exhibit from the National Park Service, “Witness Trees” the next day, Sunday, June 15.


Preservation Awards At The Woodlands Benefits OBHS

Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Honorees are local preservationists

The Oyster Bay Historical Society (OBHS) is holding the inaugural Advocates for Historic Preservation and Education Awards Reception, sponsored by Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., and hosted by Steven Mucciolo, partner and financial advisor. The reception takes place on Tuesday, July 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Woodlands at 1 Southwoods Road in Woodbury. This special event will honor Long Islanders who have distinguished themselves as advocates for history’s vital role in our lives today.

Philip Blocklyn, OBHS executive director said, “Because historic preservation and education are two critical elements of the society’s core mission, it is more than fitting that we recognize those among us active in promoting Long Island’s heritage.  In addition, the reception will raise funds in support of the Society’s ongoing programs and services.”


North Country Garden Club Honored By OBHS

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi: Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

OBHS Koenig Center proves a perfect venue for upcoming events with the TRA and SHNHP

The members of the North Country Garden Club (NCGC) were honored by the Oyster Bay Historical Society (OBHS) on June 10, for their work over the years in maintaining the colonial garden of the Earle-Wightman House, the headquarters of the society.

A Spectacular Graduation Day In Oyster Bay

Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

OBHS Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara called the Class of 2012 ‘a principal’s dream.’

Sunday, June 24, 2012 was a perfect day in Oyster Bay.  It was 80 degrees under bright blue skies.  You couldn’t have asked for better conditions to celebrate the commencement of the Class of 2012.  At the stroke of noon, Mr. Matthew Sisia raised his baton and the Oyster Bay High School combined Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble struck the familiar chords of Edward Elgar’s venerable classic, “Pomp and Circumstance.”

The crowd was soon surrounded by a sea of purple and white robes as the graduates marched out the doors of the high school led by the Class of 2012 Honorary Marshals: Elizabeth Gurdus, Kristen Poppe, Alessandra Puccio and Dean Smiros.


Annual Fourth Of July Parade TR And The Bull Moose Years

Written by D.F. Karppi: Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

The parade marches from Church Street to the Derby-Hall bandstand and back

Quentin Roosevelt Post No. 4 the American Legion will hold their Annual Independence Day Parade on Wednesday, July 4th. Post Commander Reginald Butts, Jr. is the parade coordinator.

Town of Oyster Bay Historian John Hammond said he and Mr. Butts of the Legion, who run the annual 4th of July parade, work out a theme. Last year it was the Civil War. “This year the theme is Theodore Roosevelt and the Bull Moose Years, and the campaign of 1912. It is an appropriate theme for Oyster Bay. James Foote will be speaking as TR. I don’t know exactly what he will say as yet,” said Mr. Hammond.


Bayville Residents Are Great Spellers: ‘Harry E. Pinkerton III’ Was A Breeze

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi: Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

Write-in candidate garners top number in board trustee vote

Lines were moving slowly at the Tuesday, June 19 village election held in the Bayville firehouse. Election inspector/official Richard Goldman said, “It’s been like this all day. We should have this in the national elections.”

Mr. Goldman said he and the other election inspectors were selected from a list provided by the Nassau County Board of Election (NCBOE).


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.”


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