The story of the life and death of Marie Colvin, war correspondent, is still being written. Her death in the shelling of an improvised media center in the Baba Amr district of Homs, Syria, where she was reporting the effects of the war on innocent people, has earned her the love and respect of the Syrian people. Her location in Baba Amr is believed to have been targeted by the government forces of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad because journalists were informing the world about what is happening there.
To express the thanks of the Syrian people for Colvin’s telling of their story, the Marie Colvin Convoy for Freedom of Syria has been making its way from Los Angeles to Washington D.C., stopping in 11 cities across the country to raise awareness of ongoing fighting in Syria.
When the Oyster Bay Main Street Association (MSA) received a Preserve America grant, it put into motion a two-year project that is still in the works. It included working with local students to encourage their knowledge of local history and is now in the pre-production phase as they fine-tune the copy and photos for way-finding signs that are the aim of the program.
Presently, Meredith Maus is the project manager for the Preserve America efforts. She is currently using the Oyster Bay Historical Society files to look at antique photographs to include in the interpretive signs. As shown in a photograph of the Octagon Hotel plaque, the larger signs may use more than one photograph to identify each location.
To me, a world without Marie is unimaginable. I am just now beginning to experience this shadow of a place, and for the first time, there is no Marie to give me comfort or guide me through. Marie has so many friends and colleagues who loved her so deeply, and countless admirers who were awed by her courage as a journalist. While I mourn together with those who loved her and take enormous pride in her accomplishments, my tribute is to my big sister and lost soulmate.
The body of journalist Marie Colvin was scheduled to arrive at JFK airport on Tuesday, March 6, her mother Rosemary Colvin confirmed on Sunday, March 4.
“We’re making arrangements through the Oyster Bay Funeral Home and she will be there Saturday and Sunday. The funeral will be on Monday,” she said.
It was standing room only at the Koenig Center on Tuesday, Feb. 7 as Denise Evans-Sheppard held a talk and book signing for her family history book The Constant Struggle Within. Family photographs and documents were on exhibit and Ms. Evens-Sheppard explained some of them as she spoke. The book is about the Carll family and her great great, grandfather David Carll, an African Amercian, who purchased land in 1864, using $200 of the $300 he received from the U.S. government for volunteering to serve in the Civil War. Today, the 43-acre wooded estate the family calls Carll Hill, is down to about an acre. “The Carll children were raised by their grand parents, great aunts and uncles. The woods of Carll Hill were our playing ground,” she said.
The story of the killing of American journalist Marie Colvin is still being written. As we go to press on Monday, Feb. 27, her family is still trying to have her body released by the Syrian government and brought home. The 56-year old journalist known for her reporting in the most dangerous hot spots over the past 25 years, died on Wednesday, Feb. 22 covering a story for The Sunday Times, a Rupert Murdoch newspaper.
“We may never get her back,” her mother Rosemary Colvin said with sadness on Sunday night. “Today was bad. They had two Red Cross ambulances ready to go in but they were being shot at. They can’t send anyone in because of the violence. Today The Sunday Times called to say it was too dangerous. It’s a very bad day for me.”
Looking to get some fresh air and exercise with some great company while also enjoying an entertaining learning experience? I highly recommend the new walking tour the National Park Service is offering in downtown Oyster Bay. The tours meet at the train station and then meander throughout the town, stopping in front of many historic buildings in downtown Oyster Bay.
We had the extreme pleasure of taking one of these hour-long walks on Sunday, Feb. 19. Our tour was led by Park Ranger Howard Ehrlich, who took a few moments before the tour began to help us become acquainted with the other participants so that we all felt in the company of friends as we began our walk.
Nearly four years to the day since he first arrived on March 1, Isaac D. Kremer announced that he will be leaving the Oyster Bay Main Street Association where he served as executive director to assume a new role with the leading historic preservation organization in Austin, Texas. He will be the preservation program manager for the Heritage Society of Austin.
Mr. Kremer said he saw the posting for the position and went through the interview process. “When I was at the MSA annual meeting on Jan. 26, I thought it might be my swan song. I didn’t have the final notice but I sensed it might be coming. I was just really pleased and happy to have been selected as the candidate.”
His new position is as the Preservation Program Manager for the for Heritage Society of Austin. “Austin is the capital of Texas, and the University of Texas is located there. There is a big neighborhood, South Congress with all the eccentric restaurants and shops – it’s a good change of pace. I’ve been south before. They don’t call it the south or the west. I have to find out what they say,” he added.
The Tzu Chi Academy’s 15th Annual Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, was held at Oyster Bay High School on Sunday, Jan. 29. The school began in 1998 at the Vernon School.
This is the year of the dragon, one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese lunar calendar. The Year of the Dragon is considered the luckiest in the Chinese lunar calendar – it is a good time to be born.
Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Long Island branch, together with Tzu Chi Academy Long Island hosted the event. The program included a Lion Dance, student performances, kung fu, Chinese yo yo, and folk dance presentations. There were festive Lunar New Year children’s games including stilts, paper folding, New Year scrolls (calligraphy), bouncy ping pong, etc. In addition, there were gourmet vegetarian foods available; a Tzu Chi cultural exhibition; Jing Si Café and Books; as well as a charity bazaar.
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