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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

A lot of people think that our world would be better off without all of the insects in it. Not so, according to Lois Lindberg, volunteer naturalist at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Lindberg and fellow naturalist Wendy Albin gave a presentation about the importance of butterflies and insects in our ecosystem at the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s former home on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Butterflies and other insects are very important in nature,” said Lindberg. “People see bees, wasps and ants and other insects as pests, but they actually contribute to our ecosystem by each doing their own unique job. They pollinate the flowers and fruits and without them we would not be able to eat a lot of the stuff we eat every day.”

Building J at Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront is again up and running as the Ida May Project builds the 40-passenger oyster boat that will be operated by the WaterFront Center. The Ida May Project of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building.

Bill Shephard, Herb Scheirhorst, President Clint Smith and Project Manager Hank Tiska were there on a recent Thursday. Smith had left at around 2 p.m. to get a part he had at home they needed to fix the tractor they use to move the logs they cut to size in their saw mill. Fixing their equipment and cutting logs are some of the many projects that encompass the work.


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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