(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.
A hint of spring was in the air on Saturday, March 5, when the volunteers and young railroad fans of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum gathered at the display yard on Bay Avenue to begin the first work session of the new season. The task at hand was the laying of new railroad ties on the historic turntable, a project that has been years in the making.
The goal is to have the turntable fully operational by the beginning of summer. Under the able leadership of Shop Committee heads and board members Gary Farkash and Steve Torborg, it will be accomplished.
It’s gone now. The back walls of the Oyster Bay Jewish Center are newly white. You would never know they had been covered in graffiti. The whitewashing took place on Sunday morning, March 20, as teens wielding long handled paint rollers covered graffiti laden walls first with a surprisingly good primer and 15 minutes later with paint purchased at Bernstein’s Home Center.
Rabbi Marvin Demant was pleased with the number of young people who came to clean up what is believed was the work of another young person, still to be identified.
Is there a possibility that the two Oyster Bay Fire Companies might merge? Oyster Bay Fire Company #1 Chief Anthony De Carolis said, “It’s certainly possible.” He said, “The question came up in the wrong venue, at town hall during a hearing for the town board to certify us as a not-for-profit entity for tax exempt status for a loan to acquire property. Attorney Peter McKinnon representing Cove Neck Mayor Tom Zoller and Oyster Bay Cove Mayor Rosemary Bourne wanted this hearing put on hold to have it reviewed.”
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich School board members are still considering what the budget they will present to voters on May 17 will be. The journey to the “right” figure is still being considered. At the March 15 board meeting Dr. Phyllis Harrington adjusted her last budget, in response to the community’s comments, maintaining the position of assistant principal and reducing the number of teachers being eliminated to three, to retain small classes in the Roosevelt Elementary School. Small classes are considered very important in elementary school.
Stephanie Murdock is a 2005 graduate of OBHS. She moved to Osaka, Japan in February 2011 and is working as an English teacher there. Here, she describes her experience of the past weeks’ events in Osaka and the perspective of an American in Japan.
On Friday March 11, as the largest earthquake in 150 years struck off the coast, north of Tokyo, I was on the tram in Osaka. I was reading the news on my phone, and missed the event going on around me. I didn’t notice any additional shaking on the tram and the people around me had no reaction. Later, to my surprise, I received a text,
“Did you feel the little earthquake about 10 minutes ago?”
In several of their meetings the East Norwich Civic Association has been discussing the Saratoga Associates master plan for all Nassau County preserves, using the Muttontown Preserve as the example. At their Feb. 24 meeting, President Matt Meng said the ENCA was sending a letter to SA that included seven suggestions for the plan.
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