The Youth and Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich celebrates 45 years of community service this year. On Saturday night, April 26, YFCA’s spring fundraiser “Set Sail” got underway at the Sagamore Yacht Club with more than 100 supporters in attendance. Guests were there to honor Abby and George O’Neill, founding members of YFCA. The O’Neills were unable to be there, but two of their six children, daughters Grace O’Neill Caulkins and Wendy O’Neill, were there to represent them.
“They have been so wonderful through the years, and their philanthropy is really an example to aspire to,” said YFCA Executive Director Barbara Rakusin. “It’s wonderful to see all of Oyster Bay and East Norwich supporting our organization. Abby and George will be very happy.”
All of the tea sandwiches and desserts were homemade by the members. Most importantly, the servers were comprised of students from both schools, who give their time and volunteer as a community service. The students included: Danielle Sugar, Christina Testa, Julia Testa, Haley Warshaw, Bob Morris, Liam Gagliao, Dana Galgano, Michelle Morris and Branden Warshaw.
Despite the change of ownership that took place at the beginning of the year, Dodds & Eder remains pretty much the same: a store you can count on for your outdoor home furnishing, home decor and gardening needs.
“The transition has been pretty seamless,” says Dorothy Simons, who purchased the retail part of the business along with Carrie Leopold, continuing the store as Dodds & Eder Home. The ladies purchased the store from owner Joe McLaughlin and took over Jan. 1.
Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including two teams from Oyster Bay High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.
Last month at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, student teams had 10 minutes to convince a panel of expert judges that their plan for a business in the Plaza of the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is feasible and would be successful.
Now that the polar vortex is finally behind us, it’s a great time to get out and explore the beautiful gardens at Planting Fields Arboretum, which are coming into full bloom; but, not to be missed is the wonderful new exhibit called Fabulous Interiors by Elsie De Wolfe and Charles Duveen 1915-1945, which just opened and will run through September.
According to Gwendolyn Smith, the curator of the exhibit, the two designers had uniquely different styles.
Sunday, April 13 was the perfect day for an Easter egg hunt, and Raynham Hall Museum was ready with 500 plastic eggs filled with treats placed in the yard of the museum. The hunt started at 11:30 a.m. with more than 100 excited kids and grown-ups swarming through the gate.
Theresa Skvarla, director of public relations, and Alex Sutherland, director of education, were ready. Kids were armed with baskets to fill and parents had their cameras ready for memories with the Easter Bunny.
It’s official: Oyster Bay is a town of tree huggers. For the 25th year in a row, the town has been designated a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation, a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America.
“This designation, given to communities which have developed and implemented comprehensive tree planting and preservation programs, is a national recognition that is very gratifying to the Town Board, as we have made the care of our community tree resources a top priority,” says Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto.
Drop by the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center, 20 Summit St., to see their newest exhibit, It’s Time for Tea. The juried art show features ceramic works of art related to tea and its accouterments, on display now through June 8. The work was created by the members of the Ceramic Media Group of the Long Island Craft Guild, and features a selection of both functional and sculptural pieces.
A special bonus at the show is “The Juror’s Corner,” a display of several on the miniature teapots made by renowned ceramist Fong Choo, who judged the show online by viewing jpegs. They demonstrate the breadth of possibility in his approach to the utilitarian shape.
Tundra, the arctic snowy owl, fixed her golden eyes upon me, clucked her beak, then turned her head, ready for her close-up. Two months earlier she was near death at LaGuardia Airport, emaciated with a broken wing, but was saved by a dedicated group of people called Volunteers for Wildlife. The organization located at Bailey Arboretum in Lattingtown houses not only the rehabilitation hospital for wildlife but has aviaries where the public can see the rescued birds.
Earlier this month at the Seawanhaka Yacht Club, 160 people arrived for the organization’s fundraising gala.
Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion.
“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”
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