“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.”
This week marks the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, and our community is still mourning the loss of several native sons and daughters. These men and women have been immortalized, however, as their names are engraved in the monument at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan, which opened to the public this past May.
Locals who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald and were killed in the attacks include Joseph A. Kelly, 40, and Edward Joseph Papa, 47, both of Oyster Bay; Thomas Mahon, 37, and Christopher Paul Slattery, 31, both of East Norwich; Bernard E. Patterson, 46, of Upper Brookville; and Brooke Jackman, 23, of Mill Neck.
During the summer time, the James H. Vernon School Elementary School basketball courts are one of the favorite places for 13-year-old Matthew Byrne and his friends to play. Thursday, Aug. 28 was an extra special day at the courts as the Oyster Bay teenager and his friends participated in a two-on-two basketball tournament to support Birthday Wishes of Long Island. BWLI is an organization that brings birthday parties to children living in homeless shelters on Long Island.
Byrne got the idea for the charity event because he needed to perform a good deed as part of his Bar Mitzvah rite of passage.
The Hoffman Center is offering a private glimpse of native plants and wildlife, and a peek of a restored Gold Coast-era mansion through a guided tour on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 1 to 2 p.m. The invitation is extended to those who want to visit a slice of Nassau County history with a nature expert.
The Hoffman Center is a 155-acre area of meadow, oak-brush, forest and ponds, and the nature walk takes visitors through the mature and developing forest on a five-mile trail. The walk is an hour-long escape into nature where you will learn the history of the land, as well as about the native plants and wildlife that inhabit it.
Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.
However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647—or 8.8 percent.
Dawn Riley, Oakcliff Sailing Center executive director, alerted locals in her newsletter that the two-masted schooner Virginia was berthed at the Oyster Bay Marine Center, Thursday, Aug. 14 and was worth seeing. The ship stopped off in Oyster Bay as they traveled from Norfolk, VA to New London.
The Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation (VMHF) and Museum and their board member Steve Benjamin, formerly the owner of a sail loft business located in the Mill Pond House in Oyster Bay, invited people to tour the ship starting at 4 p.m. She was on the face dock at the Oyster Bay Marine Center. The ship is 121 feet long and painted black, so she was easy to see, berthed in the spot usually filled by Charles Dolan’s Knickerbocker.
As school begins, the question first asked is always, 'What did you do this summer?' For tenth-graders Isabella Molinari of Laurel Hollow and Connor Lynn of Lloyd Harbor, the answer was simple: they helped other kids in a big way.
For 10 years the Lynn family has hosted children from the Fresh Air Fund, when 50 students are bussed out of the five boroughs for one week and have a chance to stay with a host family on Long Island.
There is a new psychic medium on the North Shore of Long Island to compete with the original “Long Island Medium,” Theresa Caputo. Her name is Mary Drew and she has been working for more than a decade doing private readings. Recently, Drew has expanded her horizons and has been conducting readings at restaurants, public events and fundraisers.
“I discovered my ability to speak and to hear the deceased voices when I was 10 years old,” said Drew, who grew up in Brookville and now resides in Glen Cove. “The first deceased person I had an encounter with was my grandmother and it was a very profound experience, to say the least.”
The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund and the Oyster Bay Rotary Club hosted the annual Oyster Festival “Kick-Off” press conference on Friday, Aug. 15 at the flagpole in Theodore Roosevelt Park.
In attendance were NY State Senator Carl Marcelino and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, both Honorary Oyster Festival Chairmen; Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr.; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coshignano; Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michelle Johnson; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph Pinto; Oyster Bay Rotary President Judy Wasilchuk; Verizon Title Sponsor Representative, Director of Government Affairs Patrick Lespinasse; Executive Director, h2empower, African Studies Specialist Helen Boxwill; Oyster Festival Sports Representative James Werner; Long Island Rough Riders Representative Sarah Culmo and Emcee Harlan Friedman.
The 31st annual Oyster Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
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