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.
This month, customers of the Jericho Water District received emergency notification phone calls telling them of a serious drought situation and asking them not to water their lawns until they received further notification.
It was a perfect summer night, on Thursday, June 17 as friends and supporters of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum (OBRM) gathered at the Sagamore Yacht Club to usher in their “Fourth Annual Summer Solstice Celebration.” It also marked the launch of the Museum’s new website -www.obrm.org. The annual fundraiser actually took place four days before the major celestial event marking the longest day, and shortest night of the year. This minor anomaly, however, did nothing to dampen the spirits and enthusiasm of the guests. In attendance were new members of the OBRM Advisory Board, Lisa Ott, president of the North Shore Land Alliance and Roger Bahnik, chairman and CEO of Mill-Max Corp. Roger was joined by his wife, Lori. Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Anthony Macagnone, a staunch supporter of the Museum also joined in the festivities.
The Rotary Club of Oyster Bay held its 68th annual installation dinner at the Swan Club on Wednesday, June 30. Master of Ceremonies Chris Gallagher called the assembly of 50 to order and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by saying of grace from Rotarian Debra Goyena. In his opening comments, outgoing president Jim Werner commented “I have enjoyed serving my term as the president, and thankful to the board for their support. I am incredibly proud of the accomplishments that we have achieved over the last 12 months, and look forward to continuing the success under Jim Fuccio’s leadership.”
The Oyster Bay Historical Society and Roslyn Landmark Society have collaborated on what promises to become the event of the summer - “An Evening at Twinight” on Sunday, July 11.
Walk a short distance up Sandy Hill Road from Oyster Bay High School to experience a taste of Oyster Bay’s past and present, complete with glamorous estates, horses, and natural treasures. Nassau County’s Tiffany Creek Preserve, long loved for its peaceful forested trails on 45 acres west of Sandy Hill Road, contains another 155 acres across the street. These parcels were acquired by the County, with help from The Nature Conservancy, in 1992, and are made up of old growth woodlands, extensive fields, a large freshwater pond, and freshwater wetlands. The Preserve, open to the public, is crisscrossed by winding paths that can carry a walker through and around all of these habitats and over hilly terrain, from the Preserve parking area just north of Berry Hill Road to Held Pond near Cove Road. Trails are maintained by Sagamore Farms and the Telephone Pioneers and denoted by round silver and blue hiker markers.
When you think of the years of service represented by the wonderful people who will be leaving the Oyster Bay East Norwich community at the end of this school year, it is hard not become tearful. These professionals have logged over a century of experience and dedication to creating an educational environment of excellence in Oyster Bay. There are five teachers retiring and two administrators making career moves. All were posed with five questions in an effort to honor them with a fond farewell. The questions were:
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