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How's The Water: April 26, 2013

On Saturday, April 27, the Town of Oyster Bay, the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association (NOBBA) and Friends of the Bay will, once again, join forces to sponsor the annual Oyster Bay Harbor Cleanup Day. Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the boat ramps in Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, Larrabee Avenue, Oyster Bay.

This annual event is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, and the co-sponsors are hoping for an especially strong turnout of volunteers so the heavy debris loads created by Superstorm Sandy and the winter’s nor’easters can be cleared away. Local Baymen, among the hardy few who are on the water in every season, report that our beaches and shores are showing the effects of the extraordinary weather this past year.

Each year, literally tons of debris has been collected, ranging from wrecked boats to lawn furniture, to the ubiquitous water bottles and potato chip bags. Some volunteers walk the beaches, while others hitch a ride with a Bayman to more distant shores. The Town of Oyster Bay provides a huge dumpster and bucket loader to deal with the disposal of debris. Larger boats are used to drag big items off the beach and transport them to the pickup site.

This debris is certainly unsightly, but can also pose hazards to both humans and wildlife. The vast majority of the Bay’s area is incorporated in the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge; this cleanup helps to ensure that the abundant and diverse wildlife that calls the bay home is protected from contamination and injury from man-made debris.

“If you swim, boat or fish in Oyster Bay Harbor, or just want to help protect and enhance the beauty and environmental integrity of this beautiful waterway, I invite you to join us on April 27,” said Town Supervisor John Venditto. “If you can’t stay for the entire day, even a couple of hours will make a difference. I can assure that you will leave with the satisfaction of knowing that you helped improve the environment and ensure that our beaches and harbor will be preserved for your enjoyment and the enjoyment of generations to come.”

Volunteers are urged to bring work gloves, and boots are always a good idea. Children under 12 should have adult supervision, and appropriate life jackets if they are to go onto a boat. Individuals and groups wishing to volunteer can get further information by calling the Town’s Department of Environmental Resources at 677-5853.

I hope to see you there!

News

With a general discontent about the view-blocking pedestrian railings recently installed along West Shore Road, the discussion at the Oyster Bay Civic Association meeting on Sept. 18 focused on the possibility of having the road designated as a scenic highway.

This concept was suggested by Gregory Druhak of Centre Island, a regular traveler along West Shore Road, who said, “I believe this is the most scenic drive on Long Island west of the Hamptons, perhaps on all of Long Island itself, and it is not being treated as such. I feel we are being given the Lefferts Boulevard [down by JFK airport] expressway extension instead. For all you can see, it might as well be the Belt Parkway below the fence instead of Oyster Bay. This is wrong.”  

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



Columns

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