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Boating After Dark? Here’s What You Need To Avoid An Accident

Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

Boating safety tips for sailing at night from the U.S. Coast Guard

Are you an evening romantic or an early morning angler? Boating in the dark raises important visibility issues that boaters need to consider before leaving the dock. Things look very different at night and it’s easy to become lost or disoriented, plus the chance of an accident greatly increases after the sun goes down. The U.S. Coast Guard offers the following safety tips.

Weather is especially critical.  Be sure to check the forecast before heading out, either from local media or your marine VHF-FM radio weather channel.  Statewide weather forecasts and warnings are available from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at, which also lists local National Weather Service contacts.  Besides checking for any incoming storms, consider the phases of the moon and the amount of cloud cover, both of which can affect your visibility – and how well other boats see you – in the dark. Practice risk assessment.  Is it a high-traffic holiday weekend?  Is there a full moon?


Oyster Bay Sail & Power Squadron 25th Annual Blessing Of The Fleet

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

Every boat owner in the harbor (and neighboring harbors) was invited to take part

The Oyster Bay Sail & Power Squadron (OBSPS) held their 25th Annual Blessing of the Fleet as part of this year’s Bay Day held by the WaterFront Center on June 3. It was the 12th Bay Day: begun by Friends of the Bay; they were joined by the WaterFront Center (WFC) in hosting the early events. The WFC then took it over for several years and, for the past two years, the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce has joined them in producing a varied land and sea experience for residents and visitors.

The Blessing of the Fleet was an independent event for many years but recently it has been run in conjunction with Bay Day at the Jakobson Pier. Over 50 boats participated in the event and size and power was no problem. “Any type of boat may participate - power, sail, recreational or commercial - even kayaks, canoes and shells - as long as the boat is able to safely navigate the parade route. The route is designed to accommodate the draft of most boats, but all skippers remain responsible for their own safe navigation,” explained Larry Weiss, OBSPS past commander.


Baymen Baseball Team Class B Nassau County Champions Again

Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

Baymen named champions for the 6th year in a row

When you consider that the Varsity career of a high school athlete is usually just four years, it is a truly remarkable achievement for a high school program to win six championships in a row. There is one constant in a situation like this. Coaching.

Head Coach Jay Davis, Assistant Coach Scott Lineman and JV Coach Ron Scudder hold the keys to teaching and inspiring young athletes to play at their best all season long. Coach Davis has garnered Coach of the Year distinction in the past few years. This year Mr. Scott Lineman was recognized and honored with Assistant Coach of the Year.


Town Pools Open June 23

Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

Oyster Bay Town community park pools will officially open for the 2012 summer season on Saturday, June 23.

“For many people, summer in synonymous with spending time at the pool,” Town Councilman Anthony Macagnone said.

From June 23 through June 29, pools will be open from noon to 6 p.m.


Strong Local Support Ensures Success For The 7th Annual Race for Literacy

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi: Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

5K Race supports the work of the Brooke Jackman Foundation

About 300 people from Long Island and beyond took part in the 7th Annual Brooke Jackman Foundation (BJF) Race for Literacy on May 19. The event is the kickoff for the Annual Health Fair sponsored by NYS Senator Carl Marcellino and the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce. Medals for the race were presented in a ceremony on the Town of Oyster Bay Showmobile on Audrey Avenue. It’s a great event that gets a great deal of support from the local community as well as the local runners of all ages who participate.

Erin Jackman, BJF executive director, credited much of the success of the event to local people who support the Race for Literacy, “Thank you to our amazing race committee, without whom this race wouldn’t have been possible: Michael DelColle, Stephen Gourley, Erin Murcott, Andrea Peck, Jennifer Iles, Rosemarie Licameli, Lynn Keating and Mario Baldino.  Their help, along with the support of all of our hardworking volunteers, ensured that the race was a complete success.”


Sagamore Yacht Club Marks The Beginning Of The Boating Season

Written by Ada Frischer Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00

Opening day ceremonies held on May 20 as season opens

Sagamore Yacht Club officially opened the 2012 boating season with its traditional opening day ceremonies held on May 20. The weather was spectacular.

The day started with the blessing from gold star member the Reverend Jean Butler.

Past Commodore Rob Casale conducted the ceremony by introducing the past commodores, the officers, and the trustees.


Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation Hosts Making Tracks For Celiacs 5K Run

Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00

Run to benefit the Center for Celiac Research now on Long Island for first time

The Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation is extremely proud to announce its partnership with the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland for the “Making Tracks For Celiacs” 5k event on Long Island.

The event will take place on June 10, with registration beginning at 8 a.m., and the race starting at 9 a.m. The 5k will begin and end in Theodore Roosevelt Park, in Oyster Bay.


OBHS Badminton Team Named The Conference IV Champions

Thursday, 31 May 2012 00:00

Seven of the 11 players will be returning next year as the team is being moved up to Conference III

For the first time in the history of Oyster Bay High School sports, the badminton team won their conference title. They did it in commanding style under the direction of Coach Greg Bilello with 13 wins and only one loss. The Lady Baymen won 10 of their matches by shutout scores of 7 to 0.

The team was seeded number 12 going into the county championship where they fell to Great Neck South. Kristen Maggi excelled in the counties taking a straight set victory in the 3rd singles competition.


Fog Day Obscures Ships Honoring The Celebration Of The War Of 1812

Written by Elizabeth Roosevelt Thursday, 31 May 2012 00:00

Fleet Week celebration includes bus trip to view the Eagle leading the parade

Hearing that this year the beginning of Fleet Week would have a Tall Ships parade in honor of the War of 1812, the C.W. Post Library Association and the Oyster Bay Historical Society organized a bus trip to see the spectacle.

So, on Wednesday, May 23, 26 intrepid people got up early to get to the bus at C.W. Post’s parking lot by 6:45 a.m. It had been decided that it would be easier to go to Owl’s Head Park in Brooklyn, rather than try to get into lower Manhattan that early in the morning.


Dos And Don’ts For Safe Summer Boating

Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Boating safety tips from the U.S. Coast Guard

Those who boat year ’round know to take those extra precautions that come with boating during the off season. But summer adds some unique challenges: an increased number of boats, people in the water, music and activities onshore and off.

Stressors like heat, sun glare, noise, engine vibration, and the motion of the boat can produce signs and symptoms similar to those caused by ingesting alcoholic beverages.  That’s because the impacts are synergistic; taken as a whole the effect is greater than the sum of each individual stressor.  


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