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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

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, Long Islanders taking mass transit may find themselves caught up in the mad dash of the holiday rush. But on the Oyster Bay line, riders are lucky in that they don’t experience the same level of stress over parking as some of the busier lines do.

“The Oyster Bay station never seems to get that crowded, but we’ll see what happens during Thanksgiving holiday when a lot of people come to visit families. I don’t think I’ll have a problem commuting, though,” says Michael Miniero, an Oyster Bay resident who regularly commutes to work on the LIRR.


Sports

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.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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