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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.

Main Street Association Looks at 10 Years of Hamlet Revitalization

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 02 October 2009 00:00
The Oyster Bay Main Street Association members and friends gathered for their annual meeting on Sept. 15 to celebrate 10 years of improvements in the Oyster Bay hamlet. There was good news – of work the MSA has done, thanks to retiring board members, praise for local businesses that have restored their own sites, and the announcement of a $200,000 grant from the New York Main Street program that the MSA is administering.

At OBCA Forum Public Questions Plans for Sports Fields at Theodore Roosevelt Park

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 25 September 2009 00:00
The Oyster Bay Civic Association invited people involved in the multi-use athletic fields proposed for Theodore Roosevelt Park to come and talk to members about the project. Matt Russo, Town of Oyster Bay chief engineer; Andrew Galgano representing the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Youth Athletic Association, and Jack Libert, Town Commissioner of Public Works, were the speakers. The meeting, held on Sept. 17 at the Italian-American Club, allowed people to question the proposal.

Andrew Galgano of the OB-EN YAA said their search for fields started three years ago asking the town to use SEA Fund money. Supervisor John Venditto said he was willing to help the group.


Tom Ross: OB Is Part of TR’s Sagamore Hill Story

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 25 September 2009 00:00

New Brochure Illustrates Eight Sites and Five TR Memorials in the OB Hamlet

The hamlet of Oyster Bay will have an increased role in representing the historic figure of Theodore Roosevelt to the public in 2011 when Sagamore Hill mansion is closed for renovations for approximately two years.

Sagamore Hill National Historic Park Supervisor Thomas Ross introduced himself to listeners at the Main Street Association annual meeting on Sept. 15 as a former downtown planner. That background will come in handy as he plans for the future of Sagamore Hill which includes the house’s closing for a two-year renovation in 2011. He said he has worked with MSA when they were creating their original historic map that includes a painting of Sagamore Hill mansion.


William J. McKay Experiences 9/11 Playing a Fire Chief Eulogizing 9/11

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 18 September 2009 00:00
Oyster Bay actor William J. McKay spent Friday, Sept. 11, at the prestigious Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor performing in The Guys by Anne Nelson. The beautifully crafted two-actor play explores the firefighters’ lives lost in the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.

Paralyzed by grief and unable to put his thoughts into words, Nick, a fire captain, seeks out the help of a writer to compose eulogies for the colleagues and friends he lost in the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001. As Joan, an editor by trade, draws Nick out, “the guys” powerful profiles emerge revealing what ordinary people can do in extraordinary circumstances.


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