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OBCA Meeting

Thursday, March 15

Opera Night

Sunday, March 17

Underground Railroad

Tuesday, March 19

Wednesday, March 13

Learn Mah Jong

Mah Jong classes by Jacqui Palatnik, a master player, will introduce you to the tiles, and basic moves of this ancient game. Because new cards will not be available until April, the instructor will provide the cards for this session. Classes continue on March 20 and 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sign up by stopping by the Reference Desk or calling the library at 922-1212.


Thursday, March 14

TRS &AC Lecture

A lecture, Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary, Ninety Years of Conservation, will be presented by Ted Scherff and Jennifer Zaso on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the OBHS’ Koenig Center, 20 Summit Street. In 1923 the Audubon Society was entrusted with twelve acres of land in Oyster Bay to preserve in memory of Theodore Roosevelt. Call 922-5032 for information.


Thursday, March 15

OBCA Meeting

The Oyster Bay Civic Association meets on March 15 at the Italian-American Club at 7:30 p.m. All welcome. Bring your concerns about the hamlet to them to discuss and to get help if needed. Call 922-5551 for information.


Sunday, March 17

Opera Night

Founder Isabella Eredita Johnson will bring her group of gifted musicians to perform arias from some of the most beloved op- eras: La Boheme, Tosca, Madame Butter- fly, Aida, Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as art songs of Schubert, Wolf, Liszt and Schumann on March 17, at 4 p.m. at Christ Church. The series goal is to foster the production and appreciation of opera and chamber music in the Long Island community. Suggested donation: $15. Call 922-6377. The concerts continue on April 21 and June 16.


Tuesday, March 19

Underground Railroad

Kathleen G. Velsor will speak on The Underground Railroad on Long Island: Friends in Freedom on March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Koenig Center, 20 Summit Street, OB. From the arrival of the Quakers in the seventeenth century to the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, Long Island played an important role in the Underground Railroad’s work to guide slaves to freedom. Free program. Call 922-5032 for information.


Wednesday, March 20

Business After Hours

The OB-EN Chamber of Commerce holds a Business After Hours, a networking gathering on March 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Serata at 160 Mill River Road, OB. Reserve a reservation by calling 922-6464. Light refreshments and a cash bar. Bring a friend.


Thursday, March 21

FOSH Lecture Series

The Friends of Sagamore Hill (FOSH) hosts the Dr. John A. Gable Lecture Series, held in Christ Church Parish Hall, 61 East Main Street on Thursday, March 21, with Roger L. Di Silvestro, naturalist and editor and author of Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands: A Young Politician’s Quest for Recovery in the American West.   t; on Thursday, April 18, Chip Bishop discusses his latest book The Lion and the Journalist, portraying the friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and his biographer Joseph Bucklin Bishop. The Thursday, May 16, lecture features photographer Xiomáro, draws on his experience photographing the interior of the Roosevelt home at Sagamore Hill, after removal of the house’s furnishings as part of the site’s rehabilitation project. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. Admission and refreshments are free to all. Donations to the Friends of Sagamore Hill are greatly appreciated. For more information, visit www.sagamore-hill.com/lecture.html or call 922-5032.


March 25 to 29

WFC Spring Break

Discover the Oyster Bay Wildlife Refuge habitat. - 29 for 3rd to 8th grade students; Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fee, $40 perday or $160 for entire week. Call 922-SAIL.


Tuesday, April 2

OB-EN Budget Workshop

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich board of education holds its third budget workshop on April 2 at 8 p.m. in the Oyster Bay High School library. Residents are welcome to attend and learn about the process of how the board deliberates on how to balance a budget with student achievement as a top goal within the constraints of NYS Department of Education unfunded mandates, the NYS 2 percent cap on budgets, etc. Community comments are welcome. Meetings continue on April 16 and May 7. They include power point explanations of the budget. You can go to obenschools.org to download budget material. The budget vote and trustee election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31 at the high school from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Tuesday, April 16

OB-EN Budget Workshop

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich board of education will adopt the 2013-2014 Budget on April 16 at 8 p.m. in the Oyster Bay High School library. Residents are welcome to attend and comment. At the next meeting on May 7 there will be the public budget hearing. The budget vote and trustee election (two) is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 at the high school from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Thursday, April 18

Book Discussion

The Friends of Sagamore Hill hosts the Dr. John A. Gable Lecture Series, held in Christ Church Parish Hall, 61 East Main Street on Thursday, April 18, as Chip Bishop discusses his latest book The Lion and the Journalist, portraying the friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and his biographer Joseph Bucklin Bishop. The Thursday, May 16, lecture features photographer Xiomáro, draws on his experience photographing the interior of the Roosevelt home at Sagamore Hill, after removal of the house’s furnishings as part of the site’s rehabilitation project. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. Admission and refreshments are free to all. Donations to the Friends of Sagamore Hill are greatly appreciated. For more information, visit www.sagamore-hill.com/lecture.html or call 922-5032.


Sunday, April 21

Opera Night

Founder Isabella Eredita Johnson will bring her group of gifted musicians to perform arias from some of the most beloved operas, as well as art songs of Schubert, Wolf, Liszt and Schumann on April 21, at 4 p.m. at Christ Church.. With its goal to foster the production and appreciation of opera and chamber music in the Long Island community. Suggested donation: $15. Call 922-6377. The concerts continue on June 16.


Saturday, April 23

Hamlet Cleanup

The OB-EN Chamber of Commerce holds its annual sidewalk cleanup and fills the planters with flowers. Youth are invited to come and earn commu nity service hours. The day starts at 8 a.m. Call 9226464 for information.


Tuesday, May 7

OB-EN Budget Workshop

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich board of education will hold a public hearing on the 2013-2014 Budget on May 7 at 8 p.m. in the Oyster Bay High School library. Residents are welcome to attend and comment. The budget vote and trustee election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 at the high school from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Thursday, May 16

FOSH Lecture

The Friends of Sagamore Hill host the third in the Dr. John A. Gable Lecture Series, held in Christ Church Parish Hall, 61 East Main Street on Thursday, May 16. Photographer Xiomáro, draws on his experience photographing the interior of the Roosevelt home at Sagamore Hill.

Lectures begin at 7 p.m. Admission and refreshments are free to all. Donations to the Friends of Sagamore Hill are greatly appreciated. For more information, visit www.sagamore-hill.com/lecture.html or call 922-5032.


Saturday, May 18

Run for Literacy

Joint the 7th Annual Run for Literacy, a 5K run/walk at 10:15 a.m. and a free quarter mile Fun Run for future Olypmians age 10 and under, starts at 9:15 with race at 9:45 a.m. at the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School. Contact: brookejackmanfoundation.org or 922-1811.

Health & Fitness Fair

The 10th Annual Health & Fitness Fair brings vendors to Audrey Avenue. Run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Senator Carl Marcellino and the OB-EN chamber offer live entertainment, fitness demonstrations, health screenings, inter-active displays for kids. Call 922-6464 for information.


 Ongoing

Food Pantry

The North Shore Assembly of God, 84 Orchard St, Oyster Bay is operating a new food pantry for the community. It is meant to supplement the growing needs of the community. It is open on Tuesdays during their prayer times: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. If you are in need of their service, please call Pastor Diane at 922-2547 and make an appointment to complete their screening process.

News

With a general discontent about the view-blocking pedestrian railings recently installed along West Shore Road, the discussion at the Oyster Bay Civic Association meeting on Sept. 18 focused on the possibility of having the road designated as a scenic highway.

This concept was suggested by Gregory Druhak of Centre Island, a regular traveler along West Shore Road, who said, “I believe this is the most scenic drive on Long Island west of the Hamptons, perhaps on all of Long Island itself, and it is not being treated as such. I feel we are being given the Lefferts Boulevard [down by JFK airport] expressway extension instead. For all you can see, it might as well be the Belt Parkway below the fence instead of Oyster Bay. This is wrong.”  

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com