Both the county parks and the state of the environment were on Adam Haber’s mind last month as he traveled to the Park at East Hills to issue statements on both subjects.
Haber, a Roslyn resident, is running for Nassau County executive in an election set for Tuesday, Sept. 10. A Democrat, Haber was picking up the endorsement of Bruce Piel, chairman of the Park Advocacy & Recreation Council of Nassau County (PARCnassau).
A local woman pledged an ambitious and challenging goal for herself, one that will test her body to its limit while benefiting cancer research. Later this month, Eva Casale plans on running from Oyster Bay to Jones Beach - and back. While the Ocean to Sound run is a popular 50 mile relay team event that takes a lot of training by itself, Casale is going to the extreme by running 100 miles all by herself, to raise money and awareness for cancer treatments.
Casale joined Team in Training in 2007, a year after donating a kidney to a stranger; an experience she says “changed her life.”
The key to the success of Sagamore Hill National Park Site Superintendent Thomas Ross could be in his comment to staff members at his farewell party.
“I’m not a perfectionist. I’m just particular. There’s a difference,” he said as he responded to kidding by staffers, volunteers and friends on Aug. 23, in the picnic area behind the Visitor Center.
The party to say “so long” to the Rosses of Sagamore Hill started with staffers and grew to include the volunteers and members of the Friends of Sagamore Hill. Everyone wanted to say good-bye to Thomas Ross, wife Kerrie and sons Cameron and Nate after more than five years of being residents of Sagamore Hill.
Much progress has been made to enhance the historic hamlet of Oyster Bay — and the entire Oyster Bay-East Norwich community.
The most recent example is the installation of a dozen or so new antique lampposts on historic West Main Street in Oyster Bay early this summer, courtesy of funding secured by Legislator Judy Jacobs and the town. According to OB-EN Chamber of Commerce Board of Director member Rob Brusca, the funding was initially offered solely for lamp installations on West Main Street. Soon thereafter, however, the town generously offered to assist further with additional grant funding for more lamps and installation services—ultimately resulting in the addition of 35 new antique lamps throughout the downtown (28 are installed, with seven planned for installation in the near future), including on East Main Street, in front of the historic Oyster Bay Post Office, and heading north on upper Audrey Avenue leading to the historic train station, where construction of the new alternate entrance to Theodore Roosevelt Park will begin this fall.
With the repairs to the pier at the Western Waterfront approved by the town board, the Oyster Festival 30 committee was ready to sign on its first tall ship: the SV Mystic from Mystic, Conn.
Hurricane Sandy’s impact is ongoing, even here in Oyster Bay. The storm played havoc with the pier on the Western Waterfront, an area that is crucial to the annual Oyster Festival and that caused concern to the organizing committee. Tall Ships are one of the trademarks of the event, and this year, as it celebrates its 30th year, it would have been difficult to navigate around its loss.
There was tremendous excitement in Oyster Bay as the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider announced a partnership with Oakcliff Sailing. Oakcliff has been named an official training center of the team.
Through the generous support of Oakcliff founder Hunt and Betsy Lawrence, Oakcliff will acquire 24 Olympic class boats – eight each of the Nacra 17, 49er and 49er FX skiffs – that the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider will have full access to for team-level training and youth development throughout the year.
“We are thrilled to have Oakcliff as a partner and grateful for the support of Hunt and Betsy Lawrence in the U.S. effort to create winning national teams at all levels of Olympic class sailing,” said Josh Adams, managing director of U.S. Olympic Sailing. “Oakcliff’s fleet-building effort in the Nacra 17, 49er and 49er FX is a tremendous asset for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program, providing a training platform for US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider that is designed to help generate a performance edge in these classes.”
When the usual regimen of fitness classes and weight training has run its course, keeping fit at the gym can be an isolating experience. That has led many people to the dance floor, where getting in shape is fun and social. And TV shows such as Dancing With The Stars, haven’t hurt either. The result: Long Island is seeing a boom in ballroom dancing, from dance-oriented social clubs, such as those along Westbury’s Post Avenue, to private studios, such as Lisa “Sparkles” Dance Studio in Oyster Bay.
Studio owner Lisa Paternoster, 31, discovered her passion for dancing at a young age, taking classes with a local teacher. Soon, she was focusing traditional dance and practicing at studios around the area. After an mentor suggested Paternoster train as a teacher, she studied dance instruction while attending classes full time at Hofstra University.
A huge crowd gathered recently, overflowing in the wonderful Children’s Room at the Bayville Free Library for a Great Gatsby event to benefit the library. Attendees donned '20s styles for a fun evening.
Friends of the Library president, and former Bayville mayor, Vicky Siegel, mentioned that although Bayville doesn’t have East or West Egg, the village is just a short boat or car ride from where Jay Gatsby roamed.
She also pointed out that the library they were standing in was the carriage house for the Harrison Williams estate, which was a contemporary of the mansions mentioned in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel.
The hiring of two music teachers, a guidance supervisor, and three other teachers were approved recently by the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education.
The board unanimously approved the hiring of Michael Ginannetta as a seventh- and eighth-grade band teacher, replacing Stephen Walker, and Meagan Finnerty, as music teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School, replacing Robert Stern. Both Walker and Stern retired at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
In addition, the board voted to hire Debra Strell as supervisor of guidance services. Earlier in the year, the board had voted to hire a supervisor of guidance.
The TRA established the Theodore Roosevelt Police Awards in New York City in 1983 to honor TR’s distinguished service as president of the Board of Police Commissioners of New York City from 1895 to 1897, and in recognition of his enduring admiration for the police. He rose to that post—and a life of public service—after overcoming debilitating illness in his youth.
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