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Aitken’s New Challenge

Patricia Aitken was truly surprised when she walked into Jack Halyards American restaurant on Jan. 30. Friends and colleagues were there to celebrate her career change. After working for the Friends of the Bay for eight years, Executive Director Patricia Aitken decided to expand her horizon. As of Feb. 5, she is working for Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, engineers (NP&V). She has interfaced with them on projects as they worked on FoB projects.

Aitken said, “I’ve been working with the people from NP&V for a long time and I am enthusiastic about working with them. I’m looking forward to a new challenge.”

Aitken began working with FOB as their Water Quality Monitoring coordinator. It is at the very heart of what FOB does – protect the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor’s health. FOB took over as the Nassau County DOH stopped doing the monitoring because of budget reasons. The material FOB created has done a great deal for the community including help in the clean up of Bayville’s Mill Creek and currently the new Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee.

Aitken said, “One of the things I am most proud of is the completion of the Watershed Action Plan, which will provide a greater level of protection for our harbors and bays, habitat restoration projects, and environmental stewardship on a watershed wide basis.  

“I have so many good memories from my years at Friends of the Bay. It’s impossible to single out any one, but I have to say that many of the very best occurred during my time doing water quality monitoring with our citizen scientists (all volunteers).  Their enthusiasm for the job, even on cold, really unpleasant days, is inspiring and contagious. We shared many good laughs, truly terrible jokes, solved the problems of the world many times over, and reviewed books and movies. And all the time, we got the job done.  

“The party at Jack Halyard’s was amazing. It was a surprise party (my first one ever) but I was not surprised, by the people who were there. The Oyster Bay community is phenomenal: we don’t always agree on what actions should be taken, but the level of caring and dedication to the betterment of the community is incredible. I always felt welcome and supported, and am so very grateful for that. These past eight years have been a very rewarding and fulfilling time in my life. It has truly been a privilege to be part of the legacy Friends of the Bay will leave.”

FOB is currently searching for a new director. Each of them have gone on to exciting careers.  

The Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot readers have been learning about what FOB is up to with Ms. Aitken’s weekly column, How’s the Water? Happily,

News

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.


Sports

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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