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Letter: Friends of Cedarmere Initiated ‘Bryant Bridge’

The Friends of Cedarmere was pleased to see the April 5 article about the New York Senate approval of a bill renaming the Roslyn Viaduct to honor William Cullen Bryant, Roslyn’s most prominent author (“New Name for Roslyn Viaduct,” The Roslyn News, April 5).  While quotes from State Senator Jack Martins and local community leaders support this recognition for Bryant, credit for the initiative to have the viaduct renamed should go to our board members who requested that appropriate legislation be created and, for the past year, provided Senator Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel with information about Bryant’s important achievements as poet, newspaper editor, and civic leader.  While the assembly has yet to vote on the companion bill, we feel confident that it will pass, and that a naming ceremony will bring well-deserved attention to Roslyn and to Cedarmere, Bryant’s home.

The Friends of Cedarmere is a tax-exempt corporation, which works with Nassau County to restore, preserve and promote the public use of the Cedarmere Museum and estate on Bryant Avenue. As a first step toward these objectives, we have recently reached agreement with the county’s department of parks, recreation and museums to restore and maintain the historic Boxwood Gardens whose layout and plantings were designed by Bryant in the 1860s, and the adjacent Sunken Gardens designed by his grandson Harold Godwin almost a century ago.  Our next goal will be to restore, enhance and maintain the museum rooms in the main house, so that they can be enjoyed by the public and inform them about the significant cultural, social and political achievements of William Cullen Bryant.

Information about membership, future events and volunteering to work on the gardens can be obtained at friendsofcedarmere.com or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

John B. Dawson, Jr.
President, Friends of Cedarmere

News

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.


Sports

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 www.othgny.com, however must attend one registration session to show proof of age and residency.

 

— Submitted by Jerry Mazza



Calendar

Pete Hamill Lecture - December 5

Chazak Celebration - December 7

More Mussar Programs - January 8


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