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Letter: Bayville, The Truth Will Prevail

It’s really spot on about the Bayville beaches not being open as early as in past years and having shorter hours and it appears those few who made the decision got voted down and the hours restored. Great stuff, the Village Board listened and acted. Cutting there to try and solve financial issues wasn’t right. Thank God smarter minds prevailed. But, the reason for Bayville’s looking to save a few bucks is not a failure of the present administration, it is a direct result of the old mayor’s inadequate preparation of what was known to come, mainly LOSAP and a Federal Feasibility Study that was ignored (hidden) this past year. In the real world when you know something is going to happen you start making reserves, but not the great mayor of the past. No plan means no problems, ignore it and don’t run again, let the new guys take the heat. Like now. All this back slapping of the old mayor’s “shoestring budget” regime is getting old.

The current mayor, while sometimes a bit aloof, has done a decent job with the problems left him by the last mayor. First was the $250,000+ LOSAP payment that was known coming three years prior but nothing was put into reserve to start funding it. Then came the Federal Feasibility Study that was signed up for eight more years ago that the village has just been billed $250,000 for. Again, no planning and no reserves. Lately there’s been a lot of praise for the past but little recognition for the present.

Look at Bayville today, a winner community that’s being totally renovated, new storefronts, beautiful plantings, a new children’s playground, great beaches, the best Fourth of July celebration on the North Shore and so much more.

The only issues the current administration has are due to the direct inadequacy of the past mayor just so she could look good. Dump all the problems on the new guys, start a BS campaign about how good she was, so she can stage a comeback. Well, I don’t think so, the truth will prevail, there’s no coming back for Victoria Siegel!

My congratulations for the current administration. The village is looking better every week, thank you.

Benjamin Dover

Bayville

News

“Visitation is up 300 percent,” said Harriet Gerard Clark, Raynham Hall Museum director.

“Two-thirds of them come because of reading the book by Brian Kilmeade, George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution, and seeing the series ‘Turn’ on A&E,” added Tom Valentine, docent, who keeps the list of visitors. Soon the series will include the story of Robert Townsend of Oyster Bay who was known as Culper, Jr. when he was a spy for George Washington.

Alex Sutherland, director of education, nailed his definition. “He was the most important spy for George Washington because he had the perfect cover. He was pretending to be a Loyalist and writing for a Loyalist newspaper and befriending British officers at his coffee shop in downtown New York while secretly collecting information.

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Sports

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.

Ice Dreams, an Olympic Ice Show starring 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jason Brown and aspiring local skaters, is coming to Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Sept. 20.

Isabella Skvarla, 13, Julia Tauter, 12, and Chiara Vlacich, 12, all of Oyster Bay, Julia Forte, 12, of Locust Valley and Riley Stein, 11, of Bayville will be skating in the world class show to celebrate the opening of the best figure skating facility Long Island has ever seen.


Calendar

Art In A Meadow

Saturday, Sept. 13

Bayville Oktoberfest

Saturday, Sept. 13 - Sunday, Sept. 14

Hurricane Preparedness

Tuesday, Sept. 16



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