The Oyster Bay-East Norwich election vote took place on Tuesday, May 17. It was rainy most of the day and that usually means a low turnout – and with fewer seniors venturing out – it is believed to have a positive effect on passing budgets.
Frank Ozol was honored at the 9th annual ucpn Dignitary Awards Luncheon on May 13, at The Carlton in Eisenhower Park. Frank Ozol and The Atlantic Steamer Fire Company received the Excellence in Community Service Award.
The award is in recognition of their enthusiastic participation in and support of the annual Polar Bear Plunge in a variety of capacities including safety management, swimming, and this year, grilling 650 free frankfurters and serving them to the crowd. Frank and the company also raised funds – Mr. Ozol is one of the swimmers - and raised awareness of the work of ucpn. About 25 to 30 members of the company helped out at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Beach where the event was held this year on March 6.
Long lines snaked around the corner of the Oyster Bay Funeral Home, on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15 as people came to pay their respects to Ed Minocozzi, Sr. and to give their condolences to his family. Cars were parked on both sides of South Street. Outside the funeral home were two General Untilities trucks, with the motto, “I did it my way,” on the flaps. You could gauge the influence of Mr. Minicozzi by all the people who felt a need to come in person to say “good bye” to a longtime Oyster Bay resident, a presence in Locust Valley, and a noted Rotarian.
Edward M. Minicozzi, Sr. died on May 10, 2011, at age 70, while in Jupiter, Florida. He and his wife Myrtle lived in Lattingtown. He was the loving father of Edward Jr. (Patricia), Kenneth (Rebekah), and Stephen (Lorie). He was the cherished grandfather of Stephanie, Alexander, Nicole, Michael, Nicholas, Lily, and future baby Minicozzi.
He was the dear brother of Catherine “Kitty” Staab, Mary Jane Kogler (William), and the late Alexander and John. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Representatives of Saratoga Associates attended the April 28 East Norwich Civic Association to talk about their master plan for the Muttontown Preserve. The planning firm is working on a plan for the Muttontown Preserve to be used as a blueprint for Nassau County’s many open space preserves.
SA Vice President William B. Kuhl; Harriet M. Grimm, director of landscape architecture and Gary Haglich, with the NC Department of Parks, Recreation and Museum attended the ENCA meeting in response to a letter sent to SA in relation to several suggestions they had for the plan. The ENCA has been asking for SA to speak to the group of residents most affected by what will happen at the preserve.
Residents will have to choose two candidates out of four running for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education: incumbents Keith Kowalsky and Donald Zoeller; and Maryann Santos and Stephen Zbodula. The candidates were asked four questions to give a view of where they stand in relation to the budget and school education.
The four candiates were asked to provide a short bio, and answer the following questions:
1- Why are you running for the board?
2- What is your view of the 3.94 percent budget increase?
3- What is your view of Governor Cuomo’s proposed 2 percent budget cap?
4- And, how you believe excellence is achieved in the schools?
The election vote takes place on Tuesday, May 17 in the foyer of the OBHS gymnasium. The OB-EN Budget increase is 3.94 Percent and the budget figure for the 2011-2012 is $50,659,664.
If you were wondering if the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge, was not getting enough attention locally, not to worry. Victoria Crosby, NY State Daughters of the British Empire President; and DBE National Poet Laureate; and Regent, Westminster Abbey Chapter hosted a luncheon at her home on Thursday, April 28 for the local chapter of the DBE.
With its usual inclusiveness the Daughters of the British Empire in the State of New York welcomes members stating, “If you are female and of British or Commonwealth Ancestry or married to someone of British or Commonwealth Ancestry you are welcome to apply for membership.”
The League of Women Voters asked questions of the four candidates for two seats on the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School Board on April 27 in the PAC center.
Some questions overlapped as did answers resulting in repetition, therefore not all the comments are here, in spite of the length of this report. Overall, those in attendance learned a little more about the four people willing to serve the district for the next four years on the school board.
Residents of the Village of Upper Brookville filled the Conference Center at Planting Fields Arboretum Historic State Park on April 19. They were there to hear their village Boards take on the events resulting from Muttontown Mayor Julianne Beckerman announcing her village was pulling out of their partnership with Upper Brookville and five other villages for the services of the Old Brookville Police Department. While the event was an Upper Brookville meeting, the topic kept coming back to Muttontown. In fact, several of the speakers were from Muttontown.
Tom Ross, superintendent of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, hosted a reception for the new exhibit at the Old Orchard Museum, Reclaimation: Sculpting History. “It’s a good fit for Sagamore Hill,” he said, “It’s like a play on words, we are reclaiming the cultural landscape here at Sagamore Hill. We are returning it to the way the Roosevelts knew it when they lived here; and the exhibit is using those organic natural materials for the RISD project. It is the re-use of the wood from the site that makes these works of art incredible. That shows the spirit and history of TR in Oyster Bay.”
Christine Humbert, PTA Council president, announced the date of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District Meet the Candidates Night, as Wednesday, April 29 at 8 p.m. in the PAC - the OBEN auditorium.
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