The Oyster Bay Historical Society had a chance to look back and look to the future at their annual meeting as members and friends filled the dining/meeting room of the Matinecock Masonic Lodge on June 10. Retiring president, Maureen Monck, Ph.D. said, “I had the opportunity to look back at the projection made at this meeting five years ago and I am pleased to say, ‘We did it!’ Yes, the building is up and in the process of being completed – on the exterior that is. I am pleased to tell you that we now need about $125,000 toward the Dolan-matching grant to complete the entire job. There are two fundraisers scheduled for this summer which will bring us even closer to this total.” The first is an art auction on July 11; the second is a gala on Aug. 28.
Hopefully you have seen the new trees planted in the hamlet of Oyster Bay. The trees have been planted by the Town of Oyster Bay Tree Division and the Highway Department at the request of the Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee. Chair Dottie Simons said, “The guys from the town make everything happen. They are wonderful, each and every one of them. And, credit goes to Town Supervisor John Venditto. He has a lot of great men working for him.”
The Youth and Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich celebrated their 40 years of service to the community at the home of Robin and Enrique Senior of Laurel Hollow on Saturday night, April 24. Legislator Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) said, “The event was wonderful and for a needed and appreciated cause to help our youth and our families. It was an honor to attend. The Seniors truly exemplify the saying, ‘We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.’ Everyone present just cares, has compassion and are devoted to helping others.”
Quentin Roosevelt Post #4 of the American Legion hosted their 91st annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 31 under the direction of parade coordinator, Post Commander Reginald Butt. The marchers assembled in the area where the American Legion building was originally built on South Street, near Adams Street and Burtis Avenue.
It’s the little things that seem to annoy people. While it was only through the efforts of then President Theodore Roosevelt that the Panamanians were pulled out of the clutches of Colombia and became a Republic, many of them didn’t like TR. In fact, James Foote, TR impersonator told the audience at the Theodore Roosevelt Association May 27 lecture by Robert McMillan, that during a riot they destroyed a statue of him.
Downtown Oyster Bay will be enlivened with a 48-hour event on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12. The two-day event is to demonstrate what kind of downtown improvement projects will add to the “culture” of the hamlet to attract residents to interact there.
The Oyster Bay Railroad Museum’s long held goal of restoring historic Steam Locomotive #35 moved closer to realization the week of May 17. After over 130,000 hours of dedicated effort on the part of volunteers from the OBRM Shop Committee, the professionals came to town.
Saratoga Associates held its second public meeting in its planning process for the Muttontown Preserve. The first meeting, a community presentation, was held at Chelsea Mansion Saturday, March 20 to an overflow crowd, therefore, in case of a second large crowd, the spacious Hoffman Center conference room was the venue on Saturday, May 22. The attendance was smaller, but everyone was a truly interested participant. Bill Knoll, principal of Saratoga Associates, was the moderator. People sat at tables with maps and a packet on the issues to be discussed listed as: Chelsea; Patterson Center; King Zog area; trails and preserve; equestrian area; rental properties.
The Friends of Sagamore Hill opened the 6th Annual Dr. John A. Gable Lecture Series on Tuesday March 23 with a lecture by author Henry Osmers. Mr. Osmer said it was the egalitarian persona of TR the family man and leader of men that most appealed to him. That was the direction of his talk as he illuminated TR at Camp Wikoff, of Montauk, Long Island.
It all came together for the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum as they held the dedication of the Worlds Fair Car from 1964, on Saturday, May 8. President John Specce said they had been in contact with Paul Kalka, president of the Railroad Enthusiast Association, the REA, a group with 130 members. He was arranging a trip to the OBRM for 45 people that included members of the Electric Railway Association (ERA) and the New York Rail Road Enthusiasts (RRE).
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