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Making Choices For Art

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00

There is a fascination about how an artist works, and Xiomáro offered some insights in his gallery talk at the Koenig Center on April 14. Surrounded by 20 of his 144 photographs of Sagamore Hill taken this February he talked about the decisionmaking process involved.

Artist/photographer Xiomáro has been getting a lot of attention n the press about his exhibit How I Love Sagamore Hill on view at the Koenig Center of the Oyster Bay Historical Society now through June 2. He said the most frequently asked question is how long it took to photograph the collection. Friends guessed a weekend, and others seven days. Five days, he said, but long days. He worked in the almost empty Sagamore Hill as it was being readied for restoration from 6:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. The staff was very supportive and willing to come in early to help him with the work.


Spring Splendor

Written by Pat Aitken, Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:00

Members of the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce gathered at Dodds and Eder on Monday, May 8 to celebrate Spring Splendor. Local restaurants, including Canterbury Ales, Serata, Periwinkles, Sweet Tomato, Coach Grill and Tavern, and Jack Halyard’s provided food for the attendees and Testa Wines and Superstar Beverages provided beverages. Chamber of Commerce events are great places to learn about upcoming events, and new initiatives which are being undertaken to support the community. Members of the Chamber are enthusiastic boosters of Oyster Bay and are diligent in their efforts to let everyone know what a great place Oyster Bay is, and that what you need is “right under your nose.”

Dottie Simons, the President of the Chamber of Commerce, mentioned just a few of the programs the Chamber is working on. The Chamber is creating a new Hamlet Advantage card for customers of commercial member businesses and non-profits located in Oyster Bay or East Norwich. The card will promote offers from commercial member businesses and non-profits. There will be several ways of promoting the Hamlet Advantage Card.  A credit card size piece will be produced with names of Premier Card Participants listed on the back promoting sponsoring business. A letter size mailing with the card will be sent to all Oyster Bay/East Norwich residents and businesses. The card will also be available to participating members for distribution on a limited basis. Thanks to the sponsorship of Chamber members, it will be free to the consumer. The Chamber website ( will have a special page for Hamlet Advantage participants.


Answers For West Shore Road

Thursday, 04 April 2013 00:00

Rotary hosts

Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton and Public Works

Residents of Mill Neck, Bayville and Centre Island and the greater area turned out in large numbers for a standing-room-only meeting at Mill Creek Tavern last week. The Bayville Centre Island Rotary club hosted a Q&A session for all those desperate for an update on the West Shore Road project. Rotary Club President Jamie Scott ran the meeting, which highlighted guest speakers: Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Nassau Department of Public Works (DPW) Engineer and Project Manager Donna Boyle and DPW Press Secretary Michael Martino. Bayville Mayor Doug Watson participated in the meeting.

Also recognized at the event were the three area residents who founded and run the informational Facebook page “Revitalize West Shore Road,” Margaret Marchand, John Taylor and John Doyle (visit


Come Build The Ida May

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:07

Deceptive looking from the outside, J Building on West End Avenue on Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront has a lot of activity going on inside — two days a week. On Tuesday, April 16, Peter Nash of Oyster Bay was taking a peek inside. Retired from the aviation industry he likes to see how the work is going along. He watched during the recent restoration of the oyster sloop Christeen’s keel and now is watching the Ida May being built. “I can appreciate the craftsmanship and dedication to detail of the volunteers. [He pointed to the wooden pegs used on the hull.] It’s such a beautiful work. That’s why I always come by to see it progressing. That’s going to be a beautiful boat when it is finished. A true classic.”

Nash has a grasp on the core of the project, dedicated volunteers creating a masterpiece. Slowly — but surely — the new Ida May is being built at the site of what will one day became the Oyster Bay Wooden Boat Museum. It’s a long way off, but it is in the plans. On Wednesday, April 24 a meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. for volunteers in J Building, as a new season is starts as the weather warms up.


Solving Wastewater Problems

Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

Local leaders visit Congressman Israel

with proposal

Several local leaders are discussing the possibility of teaming up to expand Nassau County’s sewer system to improve Hempstead Harbor’s water quality and stimulate economic health and home values.

A group including Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy and Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Executive Director Eric Swenson visited with U.S. Congressman Steve Israel last week.


Window On History

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Thursday, 18 April 2013 00:00

Rayhnam Hall Museum keeps improving. This week you will be able to see nine accurately restored windows replacing ones in the front of the nationally accredited house museum at 20 West Main Street. During this summer you will see the house at 30 West Main Street, next to the Raynham Hall Victorian Garden, the 1915 Lincoln Market building, being restored. Together, the two properties will create a new campus for the Townsend property.

Raynham Hall Museum is involved in a restoration project for the Town of Oyster Bay Landmark building, which is also on the National Register of Historic Places. John Collins, historical architect, said using grant money from the Gerry Charitable Trust, the Main Street Association and donations from the board of trustees, they were able to do the work.


Underground RR On LI

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00
Reading Katherine G. Velsor’s newest book, Long Island: Friends in Freedom, is like hearing the story of family friends. The people she writes about and the locations she mentions are all familiar to North Shore residents, names like Hicks, Valentine, Underhill, Carpenter, Willet, Adam, Bowne, Dodge, Mott, Ketchum, Jackson, Townsend, and places such as Hicksville, Westbury, Hempstead, Jericho and Oyster Bay.  The book tells the story of the Quakers on Long Island as well as the history of free blacks, the abolitionist movement and the people involved in it locally.

Professor Velsor has been researching her topic of the Underground Railroad on Long Island since 1994. She spoke about her journey to a full house at the Koenig Center recently, at a book signing attended by many Quakers, historians and interested listeners. She enhanced her talk with slides from the book. The book, the result of a research grant, includes notes, a bibliography and an index that will make it a great tool for future researchers.


Making Tracks In Europe Race

Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

Ryan Tveter, the only American tackling the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup in 2013, laid a solid foundation for future success in the season-opening tripleheader last weekend at one of Europe’s most famous tracks, Hockenheim.

Tveter, 18, of Oyster Bay and Zurich, Switzerland, didn’t have the results he’d hoped for in his first weekend racing in Europe, but he was far from disheartened because he learned so much.


Dog Day At Sagamore Hill

Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

In celebration of National Park Week, the Friends of Sagamore Hill will be hosting the first annual Dog Day at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site on Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This very special event is a nod to the many four-legged friends the Roosevelts cared for during their 60 years at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, but also in recognition to our dog-walkers who have continued to visit Sagamore Hill during the major rehabilitation at Theodore Roosevelt’s home.    


All friendly, well-behaved, leashed dogs are invited attend this free activity. Special guest Rick Caran along with “Team Jilli Dog” will be in attendance throughout the day. At 1 p.m., Caran will provide an engaging program with his amazing little pups, performing their unique tricks.  In addition, Caran will be provide some of his expert training tips on how anyone can train the family dog to do some of these wonderful tricks! Rick Caran and “Team Jilli Dog” have appeared at fairs, expos, corporate and private parties and functions around the US and the world. More information ocan be found at



Hamlet’s New Signs

Written by Jill Nossa, Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:00

Those driving through the streets of Oyster Bay hamlet may have noticed something different in recent days: new street signs.


The new blue and white signs with brackets shaped like sails are meant to pay tribute to Oyster Bay’s nautical history, according to John Bonifacio, president of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association.


“They are a nice addition to the town,” Bonifacio says.


The plan for new signage in the downtown area has been in the works since 2000, a project undertaken by the Main Street Association (MSA) as well as community groups. The cost of the custom-made signs is covered by a matching grant; the MSA raised $70,000, and the federal government matched those funds. 



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