At the same time Monica Randall was setting up the slides for her speech on Winter Dreams, on Sunday, March 2, there was real winter action at the Theodore Roosevelt Beach. To celebrate the 10th annual UCPN Polar Bear Plunge, Atlantic Steamer Fire Company ex-chief Frank Ozol and Jack Sullivan, event co-chairs dipped into the water wearing tuxedos.
Inside the warm and cozy Koenig Center of the Oyster Bay Historical Society, listeners learned about winters 100 years ago. Monica Randall introduced her talk on Winter Dreams with a quote from one of the listeners. “Of snow, the gentleman said, ‘I don’t want to see another snowflake.’”
Oakcliff Sailing Center is a magnet for the sailing set in Oyster Bay, as seen last Saturday. The Circles of Oakcliff was the theme of the Art Show and Champagne Luncheon held on March 1 at the campus of the Oakcliff Sailing Center that is the training hub for Olympic hopefuls.
The invitation explained, “Oakcliff and Oyster Bay are circular entities, much like the rings of the Olympics. They are beautiful in their perfect circles, but beyond the simplicity of form is a thriving network supported by the hard work of the athletes, coaches, environmental protection, volunteers and countless other members of a large team…”
It was a positive night for our local veterans, as the Oyster Bay/East Norwich Board of Education approved the Veteran’s Tax Exemption Law at last week’s board of education meeting. The new school tax break for veterans, signed into law in December, is a partial property tax exemption available to service veterans who are residents of districts that opt in. The meeting was a follow up to a public hearing on the tax exemption which took place on Feb. 11.
Eligible recipients are entitled to the exemptions provided in the Real Property Tax Law under the designations of “qualified owner,” “qualifying residential real property,” and “veteran.” Recipients are entitled to a maximum of $12,000 (qualified owner), $8,000 (qualifying residential real property), and $40,000 (veteran).
Local author Rajdeep Paulus of Locust Valley is living the writer’s dream. After having her first young adult novel published last year with positive reviews, she has just released her second novel, and will be holding a book signing at The Book Revue in Huntington on March 12.
Her first book, Swimming Through Clouds, is about a high school transfer student and her friendship with the basketball captain during their senior year. The sequel, Seeing Through Stones, was released March 1.The mom of four girls only recently tried her hand at novel writing; an English major in college who then taught for a few years, says, “I spent about a decade doing the mom thing...then as my youngest got to be school age, my husband asked me, ‘What do you want to do with your life now?’”
February, Black History Month, was celebrated by the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church of Oyster Bay with a series of special events.
“The whole month was inspiring, so I am looking forward to doing it next year,” said Black History-Harriet Tubman Committee Chair Diane Cortes-Evans.
The month included a visit from Assemblyman Charles Lavine, who attended the Feb. 9 service and presented Pastor Linda Vanager with a citation from the NYS Legislature for the church’s work in preserving the Pine Hollow Cemetery, and a lecture by historian Simon Rutledge.
Residents in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich school district may need to pony up more in taxes as a result of a proposed exemption for veterans. Across New York State, school districts are being asked to provide this special exemption, which provides three tiers of tax breaks for vets based on whether or not they saw combat or suffered a disability.
While a similar exemption already exists at the county level, the state left individual school districts to decide if it would be in the best interest of the taxpaying community.
Raynham Hall Museum, the “jewel in the crown” of Oyster Bay, recently honored one of the women who helped it gain prominence: Patricia Pulling Sands. The fully accredited house museum did so at their Valentine’s Day gala on Feb. 14.
Rebecca Fanelli, event co-chair (with John Collins), announced that honoree Patricia Sands, a board member for more than 40 years, was also part of the effort to acquire 30 West Main St., the Lincoln Market, a site they have been hoping to acquire over the years. She is chair of their development committee, which is spearheading the capital campaign project.
The deadline for the Affordable Health Care Act is looming, and Long Islanders may be scratching their heads about what type of health insurance will suit them best. A new website, LongIslandObamacare.com, was launched last week that seeks to clear up any misinformation and get the facts straight.
Site founder Jason Samel of Jaymar Insurance Agency, who was recently installed as the vice president of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce, says, “There is a lot of information out there about Obamacare, and it all has slants from different media sources. Frankly, it’s inaccurate, and the misinformation is confusing the public.”
The orthopedics department of the North Shore Health Care System, which was housed at Glen Cove Hospital, has been relocated to Syosset Hospital, and the hospital has performed more than 116 orthopedic surgeries in the two weeks since it began operating on Feb. 10.
Headed by Dr. Eugene Kraus, the orthopedics department occupies the entire west wing of the second floor of the hospital.
In spite of the layer upon layer of snow that has been covering this area, the public came out to support the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church’s Soul Food Dinner on Feb. 15. At about a quarter to three, one of the members announced, “Everything’s gone. There’s just chicken, salad and string beans left.” The members had prepared Southern Fried Chicken, fried fish and barbecued ribs; collard greens, string beans, potato salad, yams, mac ‘n’ cheese and corn bread; and for dessert, peach cobbler, brownies, coconut cake, Red Velvet Cake, and sweet potato pie.
“It was a success. At first we worried that no one would come out because of the weather,” said Diane Evans Cortes, publicity chair. She and the Rev. Linda Vanager were delighted with the turnout.
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