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Editorial: Preserving What Is Good!

“May is Preservation Month and we have a lot to celebrate in the historic Hamlet of Oyster Bay and the historic neighborhoods we hold close to our hearts!” This is the way the Jewel of the Week begins in this May 21 issue of the Enterprise Pilot and we are delighted to welcome the column back to the pages of this newspaper.

It is a great pleasure and honor to have the column here for readers since it truly enhances living in the community. It is wonderful to drive along the hamlet streets and recognize a “Jewel”. This area is truly historic and it is such a great benefit to the community that Save the Jewel By the Bay is involved in making history come alive for us.

It is our view that the hamlet is a jewel and a wonderful place to live. A neighbor in East Norwich told us he visited the Oyster Festival – saw the bay – and decided to buy a house here. We are truly blessed here in Oyster Bay. It’s a story we have heard before. Oyster Bay is a magnet location.

We are also blessed in that in the words of Save the Jewel By the Bay, “The hamlet residential areas have new zoning codes to help protect their historic character and an Oyster Bay Hamlet Residence Design District has been created as well….the first and as of yet, the only one of its kind in the Town of Oyster Bay, and perhaps Long Island!

“The National Trust for Historic Preservation initiated this Preservation Month celebration in 1973, and has many wonderful ideas to celebrate our historic heritage at their excellent website: Let’s celebrate our historic Hamlet of Oyster Bay and its rich heritage!”

The Oyster Bay Hamlet is alive and well and is prospering as a place to live, work and play. What could be more wonderful. And – it is worth preserving.