Walk a short distance up Sandy Hill Road from Oyster Bay High School to experience a taste of Oyster Bay’s past and present, complete with glamorous estates, horses, and natural treasures. Nassau County’s Tiffany Creek Preserve, long loved for its peaceful forested trails on 45 acres west of Sandy Hill Road, contains another 155 acres across the street. These parcels were acquired by the County, with help from The Nature Conservancy, in 1992, and are made up of old growth woodlands, extensive fields, a large freshwater pond, and freshwater wetlands. The Preserve, open to the public, is crisscrossed by winding paths that can carry a walker through and around all of these habitats and over hilly terrain, from the Preserve parking area just north of Berry Hill Road to Held Pond near Cove Road. Trails are maintained by Sagamore Farms and the Telephone Pioneers and denoted by round silver and blue hiker markers.
When you think of the years of service represented by the wonderful people who will be leaving the Oyster Bay East Norwich community at the end of this school year, it is hard not become tearful. These professionals have logged over a century of experience and dedication to creating an educational environment of excellence in Oyster Bay. There are five teachers retiring and two administrators making career moves. All were posed with five questions in an effort to honor them with a fond farewell. The questions were:
Sabrina Layne finished first in her class to become the Valedictorian for the Oyster Bay High School graduating class of 2010. Sabrina plans on heading west in September to attend Stanford University outside of San Francisco. Sabrina will study Human Biology and Global Health. Sabrina hopes to play intramural tennis while there. During her years at Oyster Bay High School Sabrina Layne played on a soccer travel team and was a member of the varsity tennis team. Just last fall, she and her sister, Rebecca, earned All-County honors.
Since its inception 60 years ago, the Oyster Bay Community Band has provided free summer evening lawn concerts at Oyster Bay High School during the month of July. This year, however, the concert series may have to be cancelled or abbreviated. Due to budgetary constraints, the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District is no longer able to sponsor the concerts, so the band is reaching out to community organizations and individuals to help keep the music playing.
The Oyster Bay Historical Society had a chance to look back and look to the future at their annual meeting as members and friends filled the dining/meeting room of the Matinecock Masonic Lodge on June 10. Retiring president, Maureen Monck, Ph.D. said, “I had the opportunity to look back at the projection made at this meeting five years ago and I am pleased to say, ‘We did it!’ Yes, the building is up and in the process of being completed – on the exterior that is. I am pleased to tell you that we now need about $125,000 toward the Dolan-matching grant to complete the entire job. There are two fundraisers scheduled for this summer which will bring us even closer to this total.” The first is an art auction on July 11; the second is a gala on Aug. 28.
Hopefully you have seen the new trees planted in the hamlet of Oyster Bay. The trees have been planted by the Town of Oyster Bay Tree Division and the Highway Department at the request of the Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee. Chair Dottie Simons said, “The guys from the town make everything happen. They are wonderful, each and every one of them. And, credit goes to Town Supervisor John Venditto. He has a lot of great men working for him.”
The Youth and Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich celebrated their 40 years of service to the community at the home of Robin and Enrique Senior of Laurel Hollow on Saturday night, April 24. Legislator Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) said, “The event was wonderful and for a needed and appreciated cause to help our youth and our families. It was an honor to attend. The Seniors truly exemplify the saying, ‘We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.’ Everyone present just cares, has compassion and are devoted to helping others.”
Quentin Roosevelt Post #4 of the American Legion hosted their 91st annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 31 under the direction of parade coordinator, Post Commander Reginald Butt. The marchers assembled in the area where the American Legion building was originally built on South Street, near Adams Street and Burtis Avenue.
It’s the little things that seem to annoy people. While it was only through the efforts of then President Theodore Roosevelt that the Panamanians were pulled out of the clutches of Colombia and became a Republic, many of them didn’t like TR. In fact, James Foote, TR impersonator told the audience at the Theodore Roosevelt Association May 27 lecture by Robert McMillan, that during a riot they destroyed a statue of him.
Downtown Oyster Bay will be enlivened with a 48-hour event on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12. The two-day event is to demonstrate what kind of downtown improvement projects will add to the “culture” of the hamlet to attract residents to interact there.
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