In 1997/98 state Senator Carl Marcellino held community meetings to discuss possible plans for the Western Waterfront in Oyster Bay. Amongst those plans was a facility for Atlantic Steamer Fire Company’s Dive/Rescue Team. Atlantic Steamer has the only fire department dive team on the North Shore of Nassau County. The team has been called to assist as far away as New York City to the west, Jones Beach to the south and Northport to the east and has over 20 divers with various certifications. Training has taken place at many locations around Long Island and has even included ice rescue.
Friends of the Bay introduced the public to its first “State of the Watershed Report” which summarized historical trends and existing environmental and land use conditions in the watershed at a meeting held in their Townsend Square office on Nov. 4. Erik Mas, P.E. and Dan Buttrick, P.E. of Fuss & O’Neill prepared the report and made the presentation.
It is a planning document that will lead to the formation of an advisory committee made up of professionals already involved in the work and members of the community who together can come up with ideas to benefit the watershed area.
“The evening was a fundraiser for Mr. Suozzi. My goal in going there was to speak with him about his 90/10 plan, which is to encourage cool, walkable communities,” said Mr. Gallego.
“The nor’easter effectively made a washout of the festival on Sunday,” said Gregory Druhak who was walking around the festival a little after the Sunday high tide, taking pictures. “I saw a guy standing in the Southwest Airlines booth. I had gone there to pick up T-shirts for a couple of people from Dave at the Frank M. Flower booth. The money all goes to the Celia Flower Food Pantry. Nearby there was a guy at the Southwest Airlines booth, Xavier Granico smiling and giving out pretzels. He drove all the way from Baltimore, to be at the booth. On the other side, the baymen (in tall boots) were standing totally in water, selling clams.
With all the weather reports saying the weekend was going to be wet, cold and windy, people were contacting Cindy Smith, ImageQuest Communications, Inc. who handles public relations for the festival, “Over Thursday night we got a 100 emails from people asking if the Oyster Festival was still on. The festival is on. We put up information on our website with Q’s and A’s letting people know what is going on,” she said.
The property, which was acquired by Nassau County in October 2008 for $12 million under the $150 million 2006 Environmental Bond Act, incorporates a comprehensive and affordable equestrian center designed for use by the general public.
Oyster Festival weekend, Oct. 17 and 18 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) is the place to be for fun, excitement, musical thrills, tall ships, pirate adventures, the carnival and its midway and of course – delicious oysters. Come and enjoy them fried, in stew or just ice cold and glistening on the half shell, waiting to be slurped down with a squirt of lemon and dash of hot sauce.
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