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.
The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.
Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.
The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.
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.
“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.
What better way to celebrate a 100th birthday than by having a new room inauguration filled with local residents, live music and cocktails and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres. That is what happened at the Locust Valley Library Sunday evening, Nov. 9, as the community room was officially renamed the Matinecock Neighborhood Association Community Room. Proceeds from the event went to the restoration of the new room.
Speakers at the centennial celebration included Library Board of Trustees President Charles Brisbane, Library Administrative Director Kathy Smith, Locust Valley Historical Society President Herb Schierhorst and Matinecock Nation Chief Little Running Fox.
On Nov. 20, at 7 p.m., producer Jason Samel of Movement Music Records in association with Love Revolution and Gold Coast Arts Center presents, “David Amram’s 84th Birthday Concert: Remembering Pete Seeger” at The Hillwood Recital Hall At Tilles Center on campus at LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd, Brookville. Net proceeds will benefit the 501 (c)(3) Gold Coast Arts Center, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach.
The Locust Valley Garden Club earned scholarship funds at their Oct. 29 luncheon.
“It was very successful,” said President Janet Doctors of their annual Bridge and Board Game Scholarship Fundraiser. “We had over 50 people attending, more than last year, according to Bailey superintendent Michael Moran.”
Historical markers, the theme of George Kirchmann’s new book, made for an interesting evening recently at the Koenig Center of the Oyster Bay Historical Society. The markers put in by the Historical Society of the Massapequas (HSM) were aided in part by the Town of Oyster Bay as they have done locally in Oyster Bay.
HSM Trustee George Kirchmann has done what many other people have talked about. His new book, Signs of the Times: Massapequa’s Historical Markers, shows photographs of the marker; the building being honored; and what the site currently looks like. It tells the history of what has happened there over the past years. Oyster Bay, too, has those historic markers: one is at Raynham Hall Museum and another marks where Quaker George Fox spoke to his followers standing on Council Rock on Lake Avenue.
It was all about the environment late last month and early this month at the western waterfront as national storm water and rain garden expert Rusty Schmidt helped to construct a rain garden. Schmidt worked with the Town of Oyster Bay’s Environmental Resources and Parks staff along with partner agencies through a Long Island Sound Futures Fund grant on the project. Department of Environmental Resources Community Relations spokesperson Jaime Van Dyke was also involved in the project. Several civil engineers, master gardeners and local residents also came down to assist in the effort.
“It is kind of serendipity after (Superstorm) Sandy,” said Van Dyke. “The ultimate goal with these types of gardens is to filter storm water near the shore before it hits our streams and open harbors and inland we want to filter pollution before it hits our drinking water.”
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