As they say in marketing, the important thing is location, location, location. For John Begano, it was true too, as he experienced a heart attack at a party at the senior center. The staff of the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay went into action when they heard the words “chest pains” and ended up saving his life. As a result they will long remember their end of season party on Aug. 24.
“It was the day after the earthquake,” said LEC Executive Director Gail Speranza. “The theme of the night was Bella Notte - beautiful night - and the great room was transformed into an Italian Wine Garden with centerpieces with (fake) grapes flowing over. It was fantastic!
When you buy a raffle ticket or a raw oyster at this year’s Oyster Festival, it will directly benefit children in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District. The district includes children from Cove Neck, Oyster Bay Cove, Oyster Bay, Muttontown, East Norwich, Upper Brookville and Mill Neck. One of the biggest events in Oyster Bay is the annual Oyster Festival. In fact, for the past 27 years, the Oyster Fest has been Long Island’s largest waterfront festival. The 28th annual Oyster Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, October 16.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced on Sept. 20, that the Oyster Bay Fire Department has agreed to settle a class age discrimination lawsuit brought by them. The OBFD No. 1; the Atlantic Fire Company No. 1; the Town of Oyster Bay; and the villages of Oyster Bay Cove; Laurel Hollow; Mill Neck and Cove Neck – that they serve – will pay at least 31 firefighters lost pension money totaling $279,600 and provide increased monthly pension amounts going forward to several firefighters – with $20 a year added for active service – to a cap of $800 a month in pension funds.
Raynham Hall Museum just opened its new exhibit “A Scrap-Book for the Ages: Four Generations of Alices of the Weekes Family of Oyster Bay.” To celebrate the opening they held a reception set up in a tent in the museum’s Victorian Garden. A fundraiser for the RHM collections, about 60 guests attended.
RHM Director Harriet Gerard Clark said of the reception, “We had a great turnout with our stal wart friends and supporters. Rita Ravenel Weekes and her daughter-in-law, Phyllis Weekes, attended as well as residents of the hamlet and local villages. Add to that, it was a beautiful day for a party.”
Ms. Sappell said. “It’s hard to get the boats to commit to coming because of the weather, politics, mechanical issues, technical issues and there is even military need. Of course that trumps everything. Especially for arranging for the helicopters for the Sea-Air-Rescue demonstration,” said Ms. Sappell. She, Rotarian Jim Werner and Joe Orlich, Flotilla Commander USCG Auxiliary Oyster Bay, and a member of the Oyster Festival maritime committee said, “What is really exciting is that the fireboat John J. Harvey, [who helped douse the World Trade Center fires on 9/11] is coming in early on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 12.”
Walking into the Plein Air exhibit at the Koenig Center you feel at home. You’ve been to Sagamore Hill National Historic Site so you are familiar with the scenes the 35 artists have interpreted; you are in love with them before you even look. The small paintings, vary in size from the largest (14 x 20) to the smallest (5 x 71/2) plus their frames; all hung at eye level around the walls of the exhibit space. As part of the contest artists were expected to bring a wired frame ready for hanging, said Curator Yvonne Noonan-Cifarelli. The result is an interesting mix of frames that adds to the total effect.
The artist’s name, the title of the work, sometime the medium is listed, and the price is there – so the interested buyer can make a decision. One of the paintings sold that night to Oyster Bay Historical Society President Frank Leone, a painting of small buildings and the windmill at Sagamore Hill. It was a good choice for someone who builds upscale homes. It is by Michael Piccolo, a local resident.
This year, more people than ever, attended the commemoration of the anniversary of September 11, 2001. This year, the tenth, had two commemorations at the Oyster Bay Waterfront on Saturday, Sept. 10. The first was at the 9/11 Memorial on West End Avenue. It was followed by the dedication of the new 9/11 Memorial Garden created by the Atlantic Steamer Fire Department with a piece of steel and concrete from the World Trade Towers.
NYS Senator Carl Marcellino spoke at both ceremonies. He said certain images and dates become engraved in our minds. Among them are Dec. 7, 1941 with the attack on Pearl Harbor; Nov. 22, 1963 with the assassination of JFK; and now Sept. 11, 2001 – in each case, most Americans remember where they were when they heard the news.
Nicole Menchise, OBHS librarian said the success of their first preservation workshop earlier this year encouraged them to do more of them. The next one will be held on Oct. 9, in celebration of Archives Month. “We liked the turnout and the feedback from the original preservation workshop that we did -so we decided to do something like that a couple of times a year. One may be more specific and another more general.
Billy Joel of 20th Century Cycles museum just built a custom bobber for Bruce Springsteen. Austin Azzaretto, said, “They just delivered it, a gold metallic custom. Bruce Springsteen is a personal friend of Billy’s. Mr. Joel, and Alex Puls, the curator of the museum, designed the bobber together. It has a Kawasaki W-650 engine and is based on a 2000 Kawasaki W-650 – customized. They rebuilt the whole motorcycle.”
Austin Azzaretto has two volunteer jobs in Oyster Bay. One is on Tuesday nights when he chairs Cruise Nights, and the other is on Sundays when he is a regular at Billy Joel’s 20th Century Cycles. Mr. Azzaretto said on Tuesday, Aug. 23, Mr. Joel held a dealer’s conference for Moto Guzzi, a famed motorcycle company that started in Italy, after WWI.
Although retired by the New York City Fire Department in 1994, the John J. Harvey was pressed into service on 9/11.
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