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Chamber President Seeks Help Wherever He Can Find It for OB

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

Working on Plans While Asking for Help

Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce President Alex Gallego attended the Thomas R. Suozzi cocktail reception being held at the Spector Group in Woodbury along with Bill DiConza, Esq. the chair of the chamber’s revitalization committee.

“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.


Meet the Candidates for Nassau County Executive

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00
In the race for Nassau County Executive, Democrat Tom Suozzi of Glen Cove will attempt to retain the post he has held since 2002. He is running against longtime Republican Legislator Ed Mangano of Bethpage.

Oyster Festival Flooding Leaves Nonprofits With Decisions to Make

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00
The nor’easter on Saturday evening, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Oct. 18 was compounded with a new moon and a high tide in Oyster Bay harbor that hit at noon on Sunday, making flooding a major concern for the hamlet and challenging the Oyster Festival.

“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.


TOB Supervisor Race: Venditto Vs. Scalia

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00
Candidates for the office of Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor were asked for their comments on councilmatic districts versus at-large representation; the new law for the dissolution of villages and special districts; the use of TOB SEA Fund Bond money; the most important function of the supervisor; and their accomplishments.

Oyster Fest: A Rainy Challenge Met

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00
This year’s Oyster Festival was a true challenge. The weather has always hung in the balance, and usually the festival runs in spite of it. This year, however, was exceptionally challenged. Usually there is only one bad day. While the festival ran, the weather ruled.

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.


Grand Opening Held at Jericho’s Equestrian Center at Old Mill

Written by Denise Nash Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00

Property Purchased Through Environmental Bond Act

Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi announced the formal opening of the 40-acre property, formerly known as the Old Mill Horse Farm and newly named the Equestrian Center at Old Mill, located at 62 Route 106 in Jericho, just north of the Long Island Expressway, on Oct. 7.

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 Combines Food, Fun and Philanthropy

Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00

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.


OB Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Change

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00

Oyster Bay Chamber Holiday Fundraiser Monday, October 26, at Wild Honey

Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce President Alex Gallego announced at the Sept. 28 Business After Hours that this will be his last term as president of the group. “I will not accept the position of president again,” he said after five years in office. Mr. Gallego said he was not worried about the health of the chamber saying, “We’ve had strong leadership over the past five years. You go through periods of expansion and contraction that allow an organization to grow, and to take on new ideas. We want new ideas,” he said. “Tell us what you don’t want us to do. Tell us what you do want us to do so the chamber will always be prepared and ready to work in the future.”

Historic Jakobson-Built Tug Cornell Returns for Annual Oyster Fest

Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00

One afternoon 50 years ago, give or take a few weeks, a group of managers and workers from Jakobson Shipyard sailed four brand new tugboats to Manhattan. The tugs were state of the art for their day, boasting among other features a new diesel-electric hybrid power system developed by General Motors. As the tugs bobbed proudly in front of the New York skyline, a GM photographer snapped their picture for posterity.

A GM publicity executive dubbed the tugboat foursome, rather grandly, The Four Aces, and sent the photo out to newspapers, magazines and other media outlets around the world. The tugs were custom-built for Lehigh Valley Railroad, and four Lehigh execs took ownership of the new vessels that day - then ordered two more tugs from delighted Jakobson officials.


War Stories Precede Opening of New Oyster Bay at War Exhibit

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 02 October 2009 00:00
The Oyster Bay Historical Society completed the third event in their new focus, Oyster Bay at War, a roundtable discussion held on June 28 at the Oyster Bay Community Center. The first event in the series was the Canteen Dance held on June 6, the 65th anniversary of D-Day; the second was the roundtable discussion, and the third, the opening of the exhibit at the Earl Wightman House, the headquarters of the society. The fourth and final part of the series will be the publication of the summer edition of The Freeholder, dedicated to the stories of Oyster Bay Veterans of World War II.

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