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Preservation Update

Victoria Crosby to speak at Aug. 28 Landmark Society meeting 

On Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 7:45 p.m., the Roslyn Landmark Society will present a lecture by Victoria Crosby, “Inside 25A Magazine: Behind the Stories on Historic Preservation.”  The meeting takes place at the Atria of Roslyn, 99 Landing Rd. Admission is free.


Journalist, poet and lover of historical preservation, Victoria Crosby will explain her role in 25A. She will guide you through the many feature articles on historic preservation in Long Island she has written for the magazine.


Topics include her coverage of Long Island treasures such as Nunley’s Carousel, Insifada (Saint Ignatius Retreat House), Clayton (Nassau County Museum of Art), Killenworth, Roslyn’s own Mackay Horse statue and more.


British born Victoria Crosby’s involvement in the preservation of Long Island history and culture is extensive. Victoria is the vice president of administration for the North Shore Historical Museum and has helped to restore the 1909 Courthouse in Glen Cove. She has also chaired fundraising events in Glen Cove mansions including three at Killenworth.

Other fundraising events have included antiques appraisals and exhibits held at Winfield and Welwyn Mansions. 


In addition to being Glen Cove Poet Laureate since 1994, Victoria is the founder and president of the Glen Cove Arts Council, (GCAC) a charity that exposes low - income youth to the arts by visits to museums, theater, ballet and opera and offers scholarships to talented youth. 


Victoria is president of the Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) in New York State, a national organization of women of British birth and heritage, and regent of the Long Island chapter. She has been the DBE poet laureate since 2009. In 2012, Victoria was elected to the board of trustees of the Historic Royal Palaces in London. The palaces include The Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Whitehall Palace, Hampton Court Palace and Kew Palace. 


Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Registration for Farmingdale’s Over the Hill Gang Softball League will take place Feb. 1, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. - Noon at the Allen Park meeting room on Motor Ave. in Farmingdale. The league is open to men 40 and over who live in Farmingdale or the Town of Oyster Bay area. Players can also apply online at, however must attend one registration session to show proof of age and residency.


— Submitted by Jerry Mazza


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