Ways to cut an anticipated $937,515 revenue gap in next year’s school budget occupied the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education at their recent meeting.
Phyllis Harrington, superintendent of schools for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District, outlined cutbacks in elementary school class size, reducing one fulltime position in the English as a Second Language (ESL) support program to a part-time positions, and reduction in athletic programs and some elementary co-curricular activities at the board’s March 12 meeting at the Oyster Bay High School Library.
Jose Polo is living the dream of every musician: getting recognized and paid for his talent. The Oyster Bay father of four released his first album, Huracán, last fall, and is recruiting new fans from around the world on a daily basis.
“I’m very surprised at how welcome the music’s been,” says Polo about his growing fan base. Though, he does acknowledge that his personal style of Latin pop is what attracts listeners. “When I sing, I put all my heart and soul in it. I live the music.”
The Oyster Bay Historical Society is collaborating with Sagamore Hill National Historic Site to present “How I Love Sagamore Hill,” a new exhibition of photographs by Xiomáro. The photos were all taken last February, as the house was being emptied of furniture and other artifacts to get ready for renovation. These photographs offer a unique and different perspective on a home and family that many Oyster Bay residents think they know so well. The title of the exhibit refers to words spoken by Theodore Roosevelt shortly before he died.
Xiomáro explained that in thinking about the exhibit, and what the focus of his essay would be, he realized that it would be easy to focus on Theodore Roosevelt, since he is such a dominant personality. However, Xio wanted to reflect the life of the family who lived there, as well as the servants. In all, 20 out of 144 photos are being shown in this exhibition. The pictures were chosen to be representative of all the residents of the home.
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Theodore Roosevelt Audubon Sanctuary in Oyster Bay. The Oyster Bay Historical Society hosted Ted Scherff, executive director of the Sanctuary, and Jennifer Zaso of Audubon New York who gave a presentation on the history of the Sanctuary, and the work the sanctuary is doing now to protect birds and advocate for conservation.
The sanctuary is deeply embedded in the Oyster Bay community, both because of its historical association with Theodore Roosevelt, widely respected for his role as a protagonist of the conservation movement in the United States, and as a place so many residents have gone to learn not only about birds, but also about the local environment.
Oakcliff Sailing Center hosted a free champagne brunch and art reception to bring together people to see just how special it is. The Fragility and Resilience of our Dunes was the title/focus of the event held at 2 South Street on Saturday, March 2.
Dawn Riley, OSC executive director said, “It was a friend raiser and a celebration of art. After three years, we are still the best-kept secret in Oyster Bay. We are here for more than the boating community - we are here for the community. Art, job training, sailing etc. And yes, we are working to make Oakcliff and Oyster Bay the center of the sailing world in America. Watch out Newport!”
Lions did all the cooking and serving at their Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 3 at the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay. On Sunday, April 21, they will be relaxing as they enjoy the fun and food at their 8th Annual Spring Benefit at the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club. The event will honor Lion Jerry Mavros for his 50 years of service to the club. The club was chartered in 1948.
For about 40 years Jerry cooked at the Oyster Bay Restaurant on Audrey Avenue before he retired. [It is now the site of Taby’s.] He continued to share his culinary talent by cooking for the St. Dominic R.C. Saint Rocco Feast [although he is Greek, not Italian nor a Catholic] and for the Oyster Festival. The spring benefit is a great event that includes silent auction items, raffles and a 50/50. Come and enjoy an afternoon at the yacht club from 4 to 7 p.m. while benefiting the Lion’s charitable work. Reserve your tickets by calling 922-2967.
Newly elected Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce Vice President Walter Imperatore announced a new marketing concept, “It’s right under your nose.” It illustrates the you can find anything you want right here in the OB-EN area and that it is located right under your nose.
He and chamber members illustrated the idea by wearing black handlebar moustaches on Feb. 28 at their installation dinner held at Christ Church parish hall.
Environmentalists and residents gathered at the Cold Spring Harbor Library on Feb. 21 to learn what plans the North Shore Land Alliance has for the former Exxon Mobil site. The site is located on the harbor, northwest of the village of Cold Spring Harbor, on Shore Road.
Lisa Ott, president of the NSLA reviewed the organization’s mission, which is to “protect and preserve, in perpetuity, the green spaces, farmlands, wetlands, groundwater and historical sites of Long Island’s North Shore for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations and the protection and enhancement of quality of life.”
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site roads that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy will soon be repaired with the help of federal funding. Last week, Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has allocated funds to repair the roads.
“Sagamore Hill provides local residents and visitors with an incredible peek into the life of President Theodore Roosevelt and the land and house he loved,” said Israel/ Sagamore Hill was the home of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, from 1885 until his death in 1919. The main house is currently undergoing rehabilitation and is expected to reopen to the public in 2015. The other areas of the property remain open.
Valentine’s Day was chosen as the perfect time to celebrate the 36th anniversary of the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay. In the absence of an executive director, since October when Gail Speranza left, Mary Frignani, program coordinator and Nancy Farinaccio program assistant, and all the staff members, have been sharing those responsibilities.
LEC member Belle Santora said, “They have been doing a wonderful job of running the center.”
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