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Editorial: Time To Light Up The Holidays

Oyster Bay is getting ready for the holidays. There is nothing like getting back to traditional things when life hands you a storm of trouble. Things start off on Saturday, Nov. 24, Small Business Saturday. Eva Regulski of Not Just Art is taking advantage of the American Express promotion for small businesses on Nov. 24. They offer $25 credit for their AmEx customers who shop on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and spend more than $40. She adds to the offer by giving her customers 10 percent off purchases.

Ewa Rumprecht of Think Long Island First is also involved with the program. She is offering an afternoon of free programs that day to bring in customers, as well as to announce the winners of their poetry contest.

Shopping Directory

Walter Imperatore has been working on a Holiday Shopping Guide/directory.  The chart is on display in the kiosks in town and on their website visitoysterbay.com.

At the October meeting of the OB-EN CC marketing committee, Dottie Simons, Dodds & Eder manager and Oyster Bay Railroad Museum board member said she has found Anton Newspapers to be a good advertising venue for the two groups. She said the ads go into the homes, have news about the schools and the children and as a result are read. Angela Feeley is the Enterprise Pilot salesperson and is available at 403-5161. If you are interested in advertising and she is out and about, just leave a message and she will return your call.

Thursday, Nov. 29 is the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce annual  Light Up The Holidays Fundraiser at 7 p.m. at the Sagamore Yacht Club (tickets are $75.

Saturday, Dec. 1 is the St. Dominic holiday breakfast with Santa Claus, said Catherine Drabin of Chrison & Bellina. That evening, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. is Planting Fields Foundation’s Deck the Halls annual holiday gala. This ticketed event offers refreshments, a silent auction and valet parking. Call 922-8678 for tickets and reservations.

Bah! Humbug! Hello Scrooge!

Ebenezer Scrooge (available for photo ops, bring camera) will be at Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, OB on Dec. 2 at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Enjoy readings from A Christmas Carol, Victorian carol singing, cider and cookies, and souvenir song sheet included with admission, adults $5, students and children over 5 years old and seniors, $3. Call  922-6808 for reservations.

Calendar Guys

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Boys & Girls Club holds their annual Holiday Luncheon Party at the Metropolitan Club in Glen Cove on Dec. 4. from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The tickets are $125. There are great raffles, boutique shopping and a great lunch. Sharon Sliva, director of development said the NYC Firemen Calendar Boys will be there to sign their calendars. Additionally, every guest gets a Christopher Radko ornament as a gift. Call 922-9285 for tickets.

Concert and Exhibit

Saturday, Dec. 8 the Oyster Bay Historical Society is hosting their annual concert and open house from 4 to 7 p.m. The one-hour concert at the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church on South Street and Summit Street is a gospel event. Think toe-tapping and hand clapping. Then walk   to 20 Summit Street to the Earle-Wightman House for a free reception. They are also opening their new exhibit of miniatures and childhoods small things.

Tree Lighting

The OB-EN Chamber is considering holding their tree lighting that evening, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m., but due to Hurricane Sandy plans are still in flux. The Town of Oyster Bay lights the tree at the Derby-Hall Bandstand in Townsend Park and they have been busy cleaning up after the storms.

Holiday Express

The Oyster Bay Railroad Museum is holding their annual Holiday Express at 102 Audrey Avenue on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9. They have great raffles, exhibits and gifts for sale. They also provide the free horse and wagon rides around town both days.

Holiday Ornament Workshop

Raynham Hall Museum presents a Holiday Ornament Workshop on Dec. 9 at 1 p.m., for ages 6 to 12. The children will decorate a pine cone ornament, make a wreath ornament and a button ornament and have refreshments. The cost is $10 per child. Call 922-6808 for reservations.

Now that is a lot of information and with a lot of fun represented. There is more to mention and we will. Do send us your information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 403-5104, and we will help you celebrate the holidays.   

— DFK

News

In a little-known chapter of New York City’s history, the name of police officer Phillip Cardillo is spoken in hushed, revered whispers. Though he was tragically killed in the line of duty back in 1972, the burning embers of his memory are still fanned by a passionate few who wish to finally obtain for the fallen hero the elusive recognition that he truly deserves.

At their Oct. 8 meeting in Mineola, the Nassau County-based Association of Retired Police Officers (ARPO) held a heartfelt ceremony, as both Cardillo as well as the driven NYPD detective who has fought for justice in his name for the past four decades, were honored as the true heroes that they are.

In what was their last free meeting at the Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich, the East Norwich Civic Association presented a money saving/energy saving program. It was presented by Marriele Robinson of the Homeowner Support PowerUp Communities group, an outreach of the L.I. Progressive Party. She came to offer free energy evaluations of homes to make them more energy efficient, which will save money.

She said Poor Richard’s Almanac promises it to be very cold this winter, and this is a way to plug up your energy leaks, with both current savings on needed work and through rebates resulting in future savings. After an energy assessment of your home, PowerUp will present you with a report based on their contractor’s assessment, which will outline all the ways you can improve your energy efficiency. The report will include all the potential rebates to reduce the cost of the upgrade which includes the option of financing through PS&G, which will include the monthly payments in your monthly bill.


Sports

A number of awards were given to runners in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich area at the Oct. 18 Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run, including 23-year-old Justin Nakrin of Oyster Bay, who finished in 12th place overall and second in the 20-24 age group, and 43-year-old Daniel Valderrama of Oyster Bay, who scored in 17th place overall and second in the 40-44 age group. Maggie Reid of Locust Valley earned first place honors in the 15-19 age group.

The indomitable 81-year-old Nina Jennings of Mill Neck was the oldest woman to finish the run, taking first place honors in the women’s 80-84 age group in 35 minutes, 11 seconds, a pace of 11:19 per mile. She was the fastest of all of the five finishers—male or female—who were 80 years old or more.

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.


Calendar

Ghastly Grounds

Thursday, October 30

Trick Or Treat

Friday, October 31

Long Island Baroque Ensemble

Sunday, November 2



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