There is nothing lovelier than seeing a child’s eyes light up after opening up a gift wrapped holiday toy. Here in Oyster Bay, Carol and Randy Daub are continuing the tradition of making sure all children will have that experience despite what the family financial circumstances are at this time. As the chairs of the 2012 Holiday Toy Drive. Ms. Daub said, “We are gearing up to provide gifts/toys for a large number of children (ages birth - 14) that have been identified as children ‘in need’. We offer assistance only to families living in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich community. Let us not forget those less fortunate than ourselves. With your generous support, this tradition will continue.”
Michele Browner, Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce (OBENCC) president thanked guests for supporting their Light Up the Holidays fundraiser held at the Sagamore Yacht Club on Nov. 29. “Tonight a few snowflakes have gone up,” she said. Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs nodded her head and said she saw them coming down Pine Hollow Road. They were a welcoming sight after the power outages during Hurricane Sandy, which left a footprint on Long Island.
The north shore was lucky, said Ms. Browner, and that in spite of all the cleanup work the Town of Oyster Bay highway crews have been doing, they still devoted some time to the snowflakes. [That evening town workers were spotted cleaning up the remains of the tree that blocked Pine Hollow Road that was taken down by Sandy on Oct. 30.]
On Election Day, Nov. 6 another team showed up saying they heard they were hosting people. Rev. Prey told them, while they could help them, it might be nicer for them if they asked another group to host them, and they went to Christ Church. There the Rev. Peter Casparian hosted 12 of them. “It only seemed fair to let them each have adequate space to live, bathe and sleep. I don’t know why LIPA couldn’t find lodgings for them instead of letting them sleep in their trucks, out in the cold,” he said.
The OBHS is also opening their new exhibit: “Miniatures: Doll Houses, Little Rooms and Childhood Treasures” at the Koenig Center. Featured will be the model of the North Room of Sagamore Hill; a model of the two period rooms in the Earle-Wightman house; and a 1922 dollhouse that belonged to Polly Weeks of Oyster Bay that was donated by her daughter Ellen Nicoll who grew up here.
The owner who decided to move the New York Islanders off Long Island once its lease expires in June 2015 may play a role in filling the potential void left by the teams’ departure. County Executive Edward P. Mangano, developer Bruce Ratner, Isles owner Charles Wang and Don Monti of Renaissance Downtown think they have a plan in place to solve the developmental conundrum that is the Hub, which includes Nassau Coliseum.
The group announced a strategic “Reuse Plan” on Tuesday, Nov. 20 that reportedly will transform the Coliseum within the first half of 2013. Others have tried and failed where Ratner is venturing and the 77-acre site in Uniondale could become barren in three years once Wang departs for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Dr. John Yenchko, NSCC pastor said, “Since Hurricane Sandy’s devastating blast across Long Island, the NSCC was trying to do its small part to help in the recovery effort.
The Locust Valley Central School District (LVCSD) administrators and staff braved the gas lines and the weather, and ignored their own hurricane related problems, to help the residents of Bayville, part of the district, who were hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.
A barbecue with hot dogs, hamburgers, clam chowder and chicken soup provided hot food to residents who were cleaning out their flooded homes, sleeping in cold houses and waiting for normalcy to return.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) survived Sandy thanks to a lot of well laid preparation plans and hard work before, during and after the storm. Being on the shores of Cold Spring Harbor since 1890, the institution has learned a few things, especially after Hurricane Gloria in 1985. Now, as one of the largest employers on Long Island, CSHL President Bruce Stillman has made preparedness a priority.
“Keeping the world’s leading cancer and autism research going has to be our number one priority,” said Dr. Stillman, “and CSHL’s scientists were kept in business during Sandy by extremely smart and dedicated facilities, information technology, and other support staff who developed and executed an emergency plan like we’ve never seen. Our people saved science.”
As we were warned would happen eventually during a storm, West Shore Road has been destroyed. On top of dealing with the stress of power outages and gas lines, residents in that area have lost their main artery.
I am glad that the county honored my request to close the road prior to the storm. I will continue to urge County Executive Ed Mangano, and to fight our Legislative majority - who have been causing an unnecessary delay- to get repairs started.
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich area is recovering from Hurricane Sandy feeling for the most part grateful. Once again neighbors helped neighbors and made everyone appreciate living here even more. Trees suffered the most in the devastating winds of Sandy. Power outages all over Nassau County kept people challenged in how they would cope with the lack of electricity. For those with gas service, there was warmth and good food. Communicating was a problem for a community that is used to being well-connected.
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