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Zox Kitchen: September 4, 2014

Written by Chef Alan Zox, Ph.D, Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:14

Eggplant Bounty Part I

India is the birthplace of eggplant. But seldom do we see Indian varieties. In fact, many people assume that eggplant, which is actually a fruit not a vegetable, comes from the English who originally thought of eggplant as having an ornamental virtue rather than a culinary one. Its beauty is not to be under estimated but the numbers of ways eggplant can be prepared to eat are virtually endless especially during the summer months. And the more I explore this lovely fruit, the more I appreciate the multicultural possibilities.

However, the discovery that the fruit contained an alkaloid was thought to aggravate gout and arthritis. People with these conditions were even told not to eat eggplants.


Letter: Flower Benefits Community

Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:12

I am writing to correct the inaccuracies of Frances Leone’s letter to the editor in the Enterprise-Pilot issue dated Aug. 13. Ms. Leone is correct that it is important to respect all living creatures. We can agree on that as we have the same belief. However, her accusations that Frank M. Flower’s harvesting methods are killing horseshoe crabs and other marine life is simply not true. Let me set the record straight because the numerous falsehoods that Ms. Leone, a select group of Baymen and those that are their followers are spreading only makes for an air of panic and hysteria in the community which is not based on scientific facts.


Letter: School Closed, No Refund

Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

(Below is a copy of a letter written to the pastor of the Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich)

I am a local realtor in the East Norwich/Oyster Bay area, my office Laffey Fine Homes is in fact around the corner from your church and school. This past winter I decided to enroll my now 2-year-old daughter in the Wesley School so that while I was working I would be nearby in case of illness or emergency. Since we do not live locally, my husband and I thought that was our best option. I enrolled my daughter in summer camp and for school in September on Feb. 27. On that day I wrote a check to the Wesley School for $555 (for summer camp and for a school deposit). In the recent publication in the Oyster Bay-Enterprise Pilot it was stated that parents were notified in December and again in April that the plans for the installation were definite. I was never made privy to any of this information, even though we were already registered for summer camp and school. Again when camp started there was no mention of the school closing.


Letter: Clearing Up The Facts

Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

Friends of the Bay regrets that readers of the Enterprise-Pilot may have been misled by Frances Leone’s letter to the editor in the August 13, 2014 edition. The author of that letter does not represent nor speak for this organization.

There were a number of inaccuracies in the letter, as well as assertions not supported by data.

Friends of the Bay has taken no position with regard to the allegation that mechanical harvesters used by the Frank M. Flower & Sons shellfish farm cause widespread harm to marine life.


Zox Kitchen: August 28, 2014

Written by Chef Alan Zox, Ph.D, Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

Cooking Options For The Plentiful Zucchini

Zucchinis are easy and fun to grow. In fact, our family was always offering these vegetables to friends and neighbors. But it wasn’t always easy to give them away in late August since everyone had a surplus of the ever-present summer squash available to them. And this is why cookbooks like the 50-year-old Italian cookbook, The Silver Spoon, recently translated into English in the United States, includes 37 zucchini recipes and six for zucchini flowers.

I have always been attracted to zucchinis in part because of their plentifulness, but also because of the almost magical way in which they can grow. It seemed they could double in size overnight. And while I never grew a zucchini three meters long, they say it is possible and likely if the conditions are just right. I remember dreaming as a child that our crop was going to grow up to our home and invade us. My mother told me if this happened we would just make more soup for family, friends and neighbors. My scary dreams disappeared.


Letter: Let's Work Together

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

(Below is a copy of letter sent by Rev. Nelson Kalombo Ngoy of the Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich to parents of preschoolers)

First and mostly, let me preface that I am writing this letter with a profound and sincere gratitude to all  the members of the East Norwich community: especially to Carolyn Wilson and all the Wesley Nursery School teachers for their outstanding service throughout the years; showing their passion for teaching and the love of children. Their impact will not be forgotten.

I have a great deal of empathy for each and every parent and want to thank them and the members of the East Norwich Civic Association for your concerns.


Letter: ‘Appalled’ By School Closing

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

Thank you for running a story on the closing of Wesley Nursery School. I find it appalling that Community United Methodist Church abruptly closed the school with only giving DAYS notice to families and teachers with summer camp currently in session and school starting in only a month! Do they not care how families are now scrambling for summer care options and fall school enrollment for their children? Or how they are thanklessly treating the hard working, dedicated school faculty that have been bringing them in revenue over the years? And yes, it is all about the money. The church made the decision to install a cell tower in their steeple this year, which has led to severely reduced enrollment. I can only speculate that they understood the income from a cell phone company would substantially outweigh the cost of operating a nursery school. I’m sorry but it feels morally wrong to me for a church to choose money over children and families who have supported them. We are a proud community and expect high standards from businesses who operate in our area. Shouldn’t we expect more from a church?

Rob Bencal

Oyster Bay


Letter: Disappointed Over School Closing

Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

It takes a village to raise a child. The families of OBEN had the great fortune to have Wesley School, under the direction of Carolyn Wilson, in the neighborhood for 35 years. The teachers, staff and parent volunteers, mostly all communality members, provided a host of needs to the neighborhood’s youngest members.

The students received a strong, comprehensive and varied education. Core fundamentals were taught and applied to 2-, 3- and 4 -year-olds. These youngsters were kindergarten ready and had the necessary skills, after attending Wesley, to tackle the rigors of New York State’s Common Core demands. I know because I am a public educator in a neighboring district. Additionally, I had a child graduate from the Wesley program and a 4-year-old enrolled.


Letter: North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association vs. Frank M. Flowers

Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

 As I was riding my bike through Theodore Memorial Park, I noticed children over the sea wall by the Marina side of the park. I saw that there were more than several horseshoe crabs at the shore line. The children had sticks and they were poking them and throwing rocks. I went over to them to explain that they were living creatures that have been around for many years. It was okay to watch them because they are so different and unusual but it wasn’t okay to harm them. They listened and we all watched them and went our separate ways. The children were very nice and open to what I was saying.


Zox Kitchen: August 14, 2014

Written by Chef Alan Zox, Ph.D, Friday, 15 August 2014 00:00

Recipes for Oyster Bay’s

bumper crop of nightshade

Tomato season is here in Oyster Bay and you might be in a position where you have more batches of this delicious crop than you know what to do with. And while the fragrance, colors and flavors of tomatoes lead us to value the abundance of their harvest, your appreciation may not be enough. There are so many types and culinary uses for tomatoes that we oftentimes are at a loss as to what to do. Friends and relatives and neighbors are only too enthusiastic to take some of these fruits off our hands but only to a point. After this threshold is reached we are left to our own devices. And of course the quality is heads and shoulders above the grocery store varieties which are usually round and red as can be with thick skin and virtually no flavor. Visually, these store-bought tomatoes are beautiful and exceptional to look at but less than ideal to eat.


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