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Saying Goodbye To Von Novak

On Monday, July 28, there was a celebration at the home of Bill Von Novak honoring his service to the community as president of the Oyster Bay Civic Association for eight years. Many gathered at his home in Oyster Bay, where he has lived for 45 years, in order to thank him for all the good he has done for Oyster Bay during his years in office.

“He was a wonderful president,” said Stan Spiegelman, his vice president. “Besides being such a gentleman, he was so strong as a president. He never took sides, even on a big issue. He always wanted to do what the people wanted.”

Von Novak had a big part in implementing all of the beautiful renovations Theodore Roosevelt Park has undergone over the last few years. In order to do this, he re-constituted the TR Park Committee, which was required according to the original deed obtained when the park was given to the town. He also had a hand in issuing the TR statue that is displayed across from the OBEN Boy’s and Girl’s Club, which stands in honor of the local president and Oyster Bay’s great history.

Von Novak also pushed for renovations to Fireman’s Field Parking Lot that will be put in the town’s budget in 2015 and was an active volunteer at Oyster Bay events. He hosted many open forum meetings in order to hear what the community had to say, and used his office to be a man of the people.

“People ask me what my greatest accomplishment as president is,” said Von Novak. “I always say that I was proud to be a part of an association that really listened to what the public wanted. We heard the voice of the people and did what they wanted us to do. They had no one else to come to, so they came to us with their problems and we helped them. We maintained our independence from other groups and did what we were supposed to do. I’m very happy about that.”

The Oyster Bay Civic Association is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that keeps the community’s high standards by attempting to solve community problems and concerns and working to make Oyster Bay a welcoming place for people of all backgrounds. Meetings are held at the Italian American Citizens Club on Summit Street. For more information, go to obca.net.