The Oyster Bay Railroad Museum’s long held goal of restoring historic Steam Locomotive #35 moved closer to realization the week of May 17. After over 130,000 hours of dedicated effort on the part of volunteers from the OBRM Shop Committee, the professionals came to town.
Saratoga Associates held its second public meeting in its planning process for the Muttontown Preserve. The first meeting, a community presentation, was held at Chelsea Mansion Saturday, March 20 to an overflow crowd, therefore, in case of a second large crowd, the spacious Hoffman Center conference room was the venue on Saturday, May 22. The attendance was smaller, but everyone was a truly interested participant. Bill Knoll, principal of Saratoga Associates, was the moderator. People sat at tables with maps and a packet on the issues to be discussed listed as: Chelsea; Patterson Center; King Zog area; trails and preserve; equestrian area; rental properties.
The Friends of Sagamore Hill opened the 6th Annual Dr. John A. Gable Lecture Series on Tuesday March 23 with a lecture by author Henry Osmers. Mr. Osmer said it was the egalitarian persona of TR the family man and leader of men that most appealed to him. That was the direction of his talk as he illuminated TR at Camp Wikoff, of Montauk, Long Island.
It all came together for the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum as they held the dedication of the Worlds Fair Car from 1964, on Saturday, May 8. President John Specce said they had been in contact with Paul Kalka, president of the Railroad Enthusiast Association, the REA, a group with 130 members. He was arranging a trip to the OBRM for 45 people that included members of the Electric Railway Association (ERA) and the New York Rail Road Enthusiasts (RRE).
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District budget passed.
The budget received 1103 yes votes; and 914 no votes.
If you have ever wanted to express your opinion and speak on behalf of a cause to an elected official, Friends of the Bay offered an informative talk at their office recently, with information on how to do that effectively.
Student achievement and the teachers who helped them were recognized as the May 4 Oyster Bay-East Norwich School Board meeting began. Teacher John Andriaccio was nominated by OBEN graduate Jason Lim, a student at Harvard, as being a great teacher and was honored at the Harvard Club’s annual University Relations Lunch in April. Students who excelled in the Physics Olympics were honored: they include Claire Bouchard, Amanda Hayat, Joey Heaney, Nicolette Siringo, and Christina Smiros. Dr. Harrington congratulated new OBHS Physics Teacher Christopher Pietris who she recently hired for his work with the students.
The Theodore Roosevelt Association held its annual public speaking contest on April 22. The contest is for high school students in Nassau County. The public speaking contest which is sponsored by the Friends of Sagamore Hill and the New York Community Bank is divided into two parts. The semi final competition is held over a two day period and the finals held in a single morning session. Both the semifinals and finals are held at the Old Orchard Museum on the grounds of scenic Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the home of Theodore Roosevelt in Oyster Bay, New York. This year 32 students participated in the contest which eventually was paired down to three prize winners.
The topic of TR’s health brought out a good number of people to the Christ Church parish hall to hear Mark J. Koziol, author, former Erie Canal Museum curator and presently a museum technician at Sagamore Hill recount “Theodore Roosevelt: His Life, Health and Death” of the 26th president. It was the second John Gable Lecture in the series sponsored by the Friends of Sagamore Hill on Tuesday, April 27. Gerry Alfani, chair of the lecture series, introduced the topic of presidential health by naming many presidents who served in less than excellent health. When it came to TR, he is famous for having battled asthma in his formative years.
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