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Sprucing Up Planting Fields

Soon, visitors of Planting Fields Arboretum will have an opportunity to enjoy nature on every sensory level. On July 11, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new sensory garden and entrance pavilion at the arboretum, which will provide more accessibility for the disabled while also offering a design that appeals to all of the senses.

The 1.6 million, 3,500-square-foot garden and pavilion are being built as a joint venture between New York State Parks and the Planting Fields Foundation.

The Sensory Garden is a design collaboration between New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Gibney Design Landscape Architecture PC (certified landscape architect) to engage people of all abilities. The use of wide paved pathways with straightforward landmarks will ensure mobility.  Raised plant beds are incorporated within the garden, which will allow each visitor to interact independently with the plantings.  The garden has been designed to appeal to all the senses: smell the fragrance of flowers; see colors and patterns of light and shadow, listen to the rustling leaves, water and wildlife; touch leaves, bark, flowers and stones, feel the warming sun and cooling shade.

The Sensory Garden should be a wonderful addition to Planting Fields, which will bring the joy of gardening to people of all ages and physical abilities. The new garden also features spaces for outdoor classes, lectures and demonstrations.

Dave Gugerty, Democratic Legislative candidate for District 18 who was at the ground breaking said, “This innovative garden will allow easy access for our physically challenged residents to easily see, hear, smell and touch nature up close and with no restrictions.”

News

At the Tuesday, Nov. 18, Oyster Bay-East Norwich board of education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld said that the OBEN schools are partnering with local organizations to form a Community Advisory Board to deal with issues affecting the youth of Oyster Bay-East Norwich. The Community Advisory Board was initiated by the Youth and Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich. The Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club, Library and houses of worship will come together with the OBEN schools in this effort.

Other News:

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Dr. Lisa Mulhall spoke about some new courses that will be offered at the high school, including an exercise science course that will carry physical education credits from Adelphi University and a college level engineering course. These courses will be offered in conjunction with the State University of Stony Brook.

This holiday season, Oyster Bay will once again be home to unique, homemade, scrumptious confections from The Chocolate Lady, in the form of a mobile chocolate boutique set up at Buckingham Variety Store on Audrey Avenue. She arrived on Sunday and plans on staying throughout the holidays, and possibly longer.

“I have been developing this concept for the last year and a half and am excited to be coming home to Oyster Bay for this year’s holiday launch,” says Lee Perrotta, aka The Chocolate Lady, who had her shop across the street from Buckingham’s for about five years before she was forced to shut her doors on Christmas Eve in 2012 due to excessive water damage at the rental space.


Sports

Long Island Lutheran High School senior Samantha Horton of Oyster Bay signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Siena College and compete on the Girls Division I Lacrosse Team in the goaltender position next year. Samantha will be receiving a full athletic scholarship. Horton is pictured with her family.

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.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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