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Venditto Proposes Purchase of Maine Maid Inn

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 25 November 2011 00:00

Landmark Status Sought

Listeners at the Oyster Bay Town Board meeting for granting landmark status to the Maine Maid Inn in Jericho were surprised and delighted (shown by sudden applause) as Supervisor John Venditto proposed the town might purchase the historic building. The suggestion was made as Town Commisioner of Planning and Development Fredrick Ippolito talked about what happened a year ago with the Octagon Hotel in Oyster Bay. It was a building that was empty, old and dilapidated and in danger of demolition and now it has six apartments and retail space rented – a success story. He said a letter from Sienna bank said the Maine Maid Inn is in foreclosure and they don’t know what will happen with the building.


Trousdell House Loses Buyer But Optimism Is High for Needed Help

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 25 November 2011 00:00

Saving a Historically Significant House in Oyster Bay Is Challenging Yet Rewarding

While work is progressing on the Trousdell house, a.k.a. Hillside, located on East Main Street in Oyster Bay, the project needs funding. The house was sold by the Trousdell heirs to the North Shore Land Alliance to preserve open space and with the hope that a prospective buyer would step up to help fund the restoration to turn it into a bed & breakfast for which there is local interest. The 3.5 acre site could have been sold for a subdivision.

“Unfortunately,” Lisa Ott, president of the North Shore Land Alliance said, “We just heard from an article by Bill Bleyer in Newsday, that the people we thought were going to buy the Trousdell house, aren’t going to buy it. The newspaper showed a photograph inside the house of Bernard Austin of Harrison Design Associates of Locust Valley, who did all the pro bono work in beginning the process of restoration.”


USS TR Sailor of the Year Candidates at TR Gravesite

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 18 November 2011 00:00

The USS TR Seamen at Theodore Roosevelt’s 153rd Birthday Commemoration

The sailors from the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) earned their right to attend the birthday commemoration of their ship’s namesake, TR our 26th President. The four crew members who participated in the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Youngs Cemetery are all up for nomination as the Sailor of the Year.

“All the sailors are in the running for the Sailor of the Year title,” said USS TR Captain Roger Curry. “Since there are 3,000 crew members, we have to pick the four of the best of the best.”


Kristallnacht Remembrance Has Lessons for Us Today

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 18 November 2011 00:00

Oyster Bay Jewish Center Guest Speakers Tell of Growing Up in Nazi Germany

Werner and Lottie Hess were the guest speakers at the Oyster Bay Jewish Center as they shared their stories of growing up in Germany under the rule of Hitler, as Kristallnacht, Nov. 9, 1938 was commemorated.

The story of Kristallnacht has been told many times, but there are always some people who haven’t heard it and the power of its message for humanity. Werner Hess was a teenager living in Germany when Adolph Hitler came to power. He said several prime ministers had tried to rule the country after World War I with no success. Some believed Hitler too would be quickly gone, but instead, he began to initiate the plan he laid out in Mein Kampf to cure the ills of Germany after their defeat in the war. Mr. Hess said over the 12 years of Adolf Hitler’s rein, Germany went from being the most educated and liberal country in the world, to become the most barbarian country.


How Do You Pack an African Cape Buffalo Head?

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 11 November 2011 00:00

Sagamore Hill Prepares to Put Its Collection Into Storage

Just how do you pack an African Cape Buffalo head when it is part of the historic Sagamore Hill National Park site collection? Theodore Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill home will undergo a $6.2 million rehabilitation beginning in spring 2012. The three year project will give the home a comprehensive interior and exterior rehabilitation of its architectural and structural elements, from its roof to the foundation and for that work to begin – the house needs to be cleared and the collection put in storage.


Firemen’s Field Overhaul Scheduled for 2012 Budget

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 11 November 2011 00:00

Oyster Bay Civic Association Hamlet Update

Oyster Bay Civic Association (OBCA) President Bill Von Novak said the Town of Oyster Bay informed them it will place the improvements to Firemen’s Field into their budget that will be adopted in the fall of 2012. Mr. Von Novak said he and East Norwich Civic Association President Matt Meng; Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce President Michele Browner; Main Street Association Executive Director Isaac Kremer; Rob Brusca and Phil Blocklyn of the Oyster Bay Historical Society attended a meeting with the town where they were told that work on Firemen’s Field is set for 2013. The parking lot area will be re-designed with landscaping, and a comprehensive drainage system overhaul is planned for this, Phase III of the park renovation.


Oyster Bay Railroad Museum Volunteers Work for Funding

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 04 November 2011 00:00

Oyster Festival Booth and ‘Beer and Chocolate Tasting’ Raise Funds for OBRM’s Future

Members of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum were busy working at their booth at Oyster Festival 28. The event is a major fundraiser for the volunteers – who each gave many hours Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16, to meet and greet the public and serve them a delightful menu of foods prepared for them by their partner, Jack Halyard’s American Restaurant Bar and Grill in Oyster Bay.

This is the third year that Bernie DelBello and Mike Ventre of Jack Halyard’s have partnered with the OBRM and supplied their superb crab roll, grilled shrimp, seafood gumbo, and shrimp cocktail for the festival booth.


A Fashion Background for the Harvest Moon Ball November 5

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 04 November 2011 00:00

Fashions from the OBHS Collection Exhibit; Wearing History: Women the Force behind Fashion

The current exhibition Oyster Bay Historical Society, Wearing History: Women the Force Behind Fashion is the background to their upcoming Harvest Moon Ball annual fundraiser, on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 11 p.m. The theme is Harvest Moon, “an elegant evening among friends to revel in the mysteries of the changing season.”

OBHS Curator Yvonne Noonan Cifarelli said that many of the dresses from their collection dating from the 1890s to the 1930s could be worn today. Ms. Cifarelli is planning a great evening for guests. “The Anne Taylor Corporation gave us 100 free necklaces and a beautiful retro dress from their 2012 fall preview to showcase their updated take on an historical “Ann Taylor” shirtdress from the early ’60s.


Raynham Hall Museum Staff Meets, Greets Tall Ship Lynx

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00

The Waterfront and History are at the Heart of the Oyster Festival

History came alive this year at the Western Waterfront Pier as the American Privateer, the Lynx, was greeted by staff members of Raynham Hall Museum who interpret the Townsend family of Oyster Bay, merchants and ship owners. The American Privateer The Lynx, is a replica of a ship that took part in the War of 1812, and was here as part of the Oyster Festival waterfront events.

Theresa Skvarla, Raynham Hall Museum assistant director and Steven Waldenburg, education coordinator, dressed in historic costumes, went to meet the Lynx to meet the crew, also dressed in historic outfits. Raynham Hall Museum interprets the Townsend family as it lived in Oyster Bay during colonial and Victorian times.


Screening Fireboats of 9/11 With John J. Harvey Fireboat

Written by Robert Grabowski Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00
Phillip Blocklyn, Oyster Bay Historical Society executive director; Daniel Walker, Harvey volunteer; and Jennifer Sappell, LI North Shore Heritage Area executive director introduced a fascinating documentary at the Oyster Bay Community Center about the Fireboats of 9/11 on Oct. 13. The presentation included the volunteer crew of the fireboat the John J. Harvey, ready to answer questions and to impart the history of these workhorses.

Fireboats are part of the Marine Division of the New York City Fire Department and patrol the City’s water ways. Their history is rich, originating back to 1864 when the first fireboat, the John Fuller, was put into service. Even then, New York was the shipping hub and center of business for the western world. By this time the Industrial Age was in full swing, and the ports of NYC were full of vessels, merchandise and danger from the cargo that these ships carried.


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