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.
(Editor’s Note: Details were added by D.F. Karppi, Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot editor.)
What began as a contentious evening ended as one filled with compliments and a greater understanding of a recent governmental decision at the Muttontown Board Meeting at Village Hall on Tuesday night.
A new exciting event is in the works to bring visitors to Oyster Bay. A new Classics in Oyster Bay Day, Sunday, May 15 will take place the day after the annual Health Fair, Saturday, May 14.
Gerry Lalonde of the Sagamore Yacht Club made the announcement at the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce general meeting held on March 23 at Christ Church. He and Michael Gehrling are chairing the event. Mr. Lalonde said he went to the chamber for some assistance as his committee is creating a unique event for Oyster Bay.
As you read this, the decision will already have been made on Tuesday night, April 12, on the Oyster Bay-East Norwich school budget increase. (Visit obenschools.org to see the official figures.)
As the April 5 meeting ended, the board was polled to see how they viewed the newly proposed 3.94 percent budget increase that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Phyllis Harrington presented to them, reacting to community comments and the resignation of Dan Friedman, the supervisor of fine and performing arts and technology, which added some wiggle room. The 3.94 percent increase restored items to the budget and is up from the previous March 15 proposal of an increase of 3.69 percent.
The new exhibit Buffalo Bill, Wyoming and the Coe Family opened to rave reviews. It is a great blend of history, pop culture, local celebrity and interesting exhibits. Bring your camera and pose in front of a large photograph of the west; and have a snapshot of yourself seated on a Western saddle.
Many of the exhibits, including Buffalo Bill’s red wool embroidered shirt, his saddle, and a pair of beaded gauntlets are on loan from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center of Cody, Wyoming. The Planting Field Foundation owns the stunning Buffalo Bill bronze statue by Robert MacFie Scriver. Oyster Bay resident Harold Johnson loaned an autographed photograph of Buffalo Bill. There were some kitch items: Annie Oakley games and a lunch box that were found by Jennifer Lavella, Marketing and Special Events director, on ebay.
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