This year’s Oyster Festival kickoff was scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 24 – again at the flagpole in Theodore Roosevelt Park. This year, Cindy Smith, president of ImageQuest Communications, promoter of the festival, and Rotary President Jim Fuccio announced Rotary will use the festival to fund their new program Rotary Rides!
The levy for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District was set on Wednesday, Aug. 4. The amount needed to be collected from the taxpayers is $44,856,789. Although the state passed its budget, it has not finalized the amount the school will receive in aid.
The African American Civil War Museum in Washington, D.C. is preparing to close its doors at its current location and presented its last civil war soldier - David Carll of Oyster Bay, on Aug. 7, 2010.
The Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce held their July 28 Business After Hours at the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum train yard. It was another of the hot muggy nights this season has been giving us, but it was a great night out for networking, as Chamber President Michele Browner observed. She thanked the OBRM for hosting the event which is at a different location each time, to give chamber members a chance to visit other venues in town. She also mentioned the Spend A Day In Oyster Bay! program which is available at the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum Preview Center.
At her recent retirement party at the Crescent Beach Club, in Bayville, Mayor Victoria Siegel was presented with the distinction of having the Bayville Bridge named after her. Her reaction was understandably emotional. “It is a tremendous honor,” she said. Her face glowed with the memory. She indicated that there will be a sign posted by the bridge, with its new name, on August 31. After serving for 24 years as mayor, Ms. Siegel plans to remain an active private citizen. She is also considering remaining in government, or possibly starting a local retail business.
The Town of Oyster Bay adopted its resolution to press on with work for the restoration of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park and Firemen’s Field – [originally known as War Memorial Field when it was first given to the town for parking for the school district sports activities, the LIRR commuters and local shoppers,] at their July 27 town board meeting.
The Italian-American Citizens Club of Oyster Bay is carrying on the tradition of giving started by their grandparents. The new family-oriented St. Rocco Festival follows in the path set by the Italian-American Mutual Aid Society in 1910 that raised funds to help fellow immigrants who were here without the support services of their families.
While the only thing stopping many small communities from becoming villages is lack of zoning powers - because Nassau County law has taken that authority away from any new village that wants to be incorporated – zoning powers are still of great interest to local communities as they stabilize a neighborhood – for the good. That is why the East Norwich Civic Association has taken the stand that they want current zoning laws upheld and that is why they were concerned with two recent issues in the hamlet that involved the TOB Zoning Board of Appeals requests for variances.
The evening of Sunday, July 11 was one many will not soon forget. Made possible by the joint collaboration of the Oyster Bay Historical Society and the Roslyn Landmark Society, “An Evening at Twinight: A Collector’s Paradise” proved to be an extraordinary evening of art and philanthropy. This spectacular gala event was held at the breathtaking estate of Richard Baron Cohen, Twinight, which sits majestically on nearly six acres in Centre Island on Long Island Sound and is said to replicate the grandeur of the Petit Trianon Palace in Versailles.
Currently, Canterbury’s Oyster Bar & Grill owner Mark Fox has turned over the restaurant’s turn of the century picture gallery wall to display items from the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum’s Art and Photo Collection. The collection joins photos and cartoons of Theodore Roosevelt that appear in the Library Room at Canterbury’s. All in all, they provide a superb backdrop of classic New England Oyster House charm.
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