With the Connecticut school shootings fresh in their minds, Oyster Bay-East Norwich school officials discussed security of its schools at their Dec. 18 school board meeting.
School Board President Ann Marie Longo opened the regular meeting at the Oyster Bay High School library with a moment of silence “for all the lives lost” in the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newton, CT.
The Life Enrichment Center hosted a party for all senior members of the community to enjoy the holiday season together on Thursday, Dec. 20. The event had a turnout of more than 150 members and staff, and the room was buzzing with excitement and joyful spirit.
The celebration started off with a dance performance by The Sensational Terri’s Tappers, a tap dancing group of women, ages 60 to 85. Terri’s Tappers have been performing at the center for the last 10 years, and do so free of charge.
This was the sixth year the Oyster Bay Historical Society has preceded its holiday party with a concert at the Hood African American Episcopal Church in Oyster Bay. Last year and again this year, they brought the Hempstead A Cappella Ensemble directed by Hildyne Bowen to perform in concert. They come together from a variety of churches and denominations to share their love of singing, and their love of Negro Spirituals from their African-American heritage. Ms. Bowen said the spirituals were the gift of the African-Americans that she said, “were created out of the souls of our enslaved ancestors with a biblical message.” They are about running away to freedom; sorrow songs; and rejoicing songs, telling of a life better than slavery as they longed for freedom.
This year’s Ladies Holiday Luncheon at the Metropolitan Club outdid itself. Lori Bahnik brought a smile to everyone’s face as she brought firefighters who posed for the annual FDNY 2013 calendar. It was a double benefit event.
...And the women just loved it. They lined up to buy calendars for themselves and for gifts and had the firefighters sign them. A great many friends of the women at the luncheon are going to really love the holiday presents their receive, especially if they are the calendars.
There was a steady stream of visitors to the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum on Audrey Avenue the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9. Santa was there on Saturday, ready to be photographed by happy parents. Outside two white horses pulled a garlanded wooden wagon that carried about a dozen passengers each trip around the historic hamlet.
Numbers were given out to each group and at about 3:30 p.m. they were up to number 65. Each group had from two to six members so there was a goodly number of people who enjoyed the free ride around the historic hamlet.
This family-friendly celebration featured operating model railroads, hot cider, candy canes, cookies and raffle prizes. People traveled from across Loing Island to visit the museum. An added perk for visitors was the Billy Joel 21st Century Classics motorcycle exhibit across the street from the railroad museum.
In the wake of the horrific Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, CT, Oyster Bay area schools responded to students’ and parents’ concerns.
“It’s an unspeakable tragedy,” said Phyllis Harrington, superintendent for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District. “We feel a personal connection,” because she knows the superintendent of the school district where the shootings took place.
School administrators in Oyster Bay-East Norwich and Locust Valley are taking a multi-faceted approach: Maintaining a sense of normalcy, supporting students with stress or fears, and emphasizing security.Both districts posted information on their websites.
During the recent hurricane, tree-laden preserves have suffered damage. The trees felled by the natural disaster, however, are insignificant compared with the calculated cutting that has since taken place.
A month after Superstorm Sandy, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton said she was alarmed to hear that trimming crews were taking chainsaws to trees in two Nassau County preserves located in Glen Cove – Welwyn and Garvies Point.
When can you give a holiday present and do a good deed at the same time? You can when you purchase a marine print from the Ida May Project (IMP).
Artist Ken Marcell has created several prints for the IMP Corporation. Mr. Marcell worked as an industrial designer and an architectural illustrator. He is a Pratt Institute graduate. He grew up on Long Island and here, he developed his love of boats and sailing, naturally.
Currently Mr. Marcell divides his time between here, and living in Sterling, Massachusetts, just north of Wooster. “I grew up in Syosset and learned to sail in Oyster Bay, so this is a bit of a homecoming,” he said, seated in J Building on West End Avenue on the Western Waterfront — the former Jakobson Shipyard property. “I remember Jakobson’s Shipyard as a kid.
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.]
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