The Town of Oyster Bay received approval from the NYS DOT in an Aug. 28 letter, to relocate the existing at-grade pedestrian crossing over the Oyster Bay Branch of the LIRR from Maxwell Avenue to Audrey Avenue. The move will make the entrance to Theodore Roosevelt Park visible from the Audrey Avenue bandstand crossroads.
Bill Bell, Oyster Bay Railroad Museum development director said, “The letter of approval from the NYS DOT brought smiles to a lot of faces this week. The relocation of the TR Park pedestrian entrance has been a long held goal of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum and our community organization partners. This will mark a truly transformative step in the revitalization of the Audrey Ave. extension, as well as the rest of the downtown.
“We knew it was live and we clearly understood it was an act of terrorism and an act of evil,” said the senator. Shortly after, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon people died. “There were many victims,” he said. “But many who died, were not victims, they were heroes.”
Finding a solution began with a retirement offer which included $1,000 for each year of service which was accepted by 89 employees whose last day with the town was Aug. 30. They will receive the funds in a single payment at the end of October. It will be paid with a $7.5 million 10-year bond. The payment included any unused or sick days owed. The workers are guaranteed health care for life and for a surviving spouse, for five years (this is not a reduction or increase, but the same as the current contract).
Oyster Bay-East Norwich (OB-EN) Superintendent of Schools Dr. Phyllis Harrington said at the first meeting of the new school year, on Sept. 4, that at the Oct. 2 meeting she would invite the committee and the senator to come and be publicly thanked for their work. Senior citizen Bob Martin’s accident several years ago at Johnson Court and Route 106 pushed him into his safety campaign for the road. He was joined by both Dr. Scott Cavagnuolo who has had experiences with cars driving onto his lawn on the corner of Coral Court and Route 106; and Rob Brusca, Oyster Bay Civic Association (OBCA) counsel and East Norwich Civic Association (ENCA) director, to search for ways to make the road safer. The men held meetings with Senator Marcellino and the Town of Oyster Bay officials and Mr. Martin spoke before the school board on the issues, getting them all on board.
After listening to the information from tree experts at the Sept. 4 meeting, Town Supervisor John Venditto said he would contact many of the experts and stakeholders to further discuss the ordinance. Legislator Judy Jacobs, agreed saying she concluded that after the previous meeting it was good that a tree ordinance remain in place and it was important for people to get together to design a new law.
“All I need to do is 25 miles a day,” he said on Aug. 28. “That means there are 18 days left as of yesterday and that would mean I can ride 450 miles in that time — and I need 454 so it is very doable.
Keeping up the momentum of the Labor Day weekend, Tuesday, Sept. 4 was a special night. Austin Azzaretto, Cruise Night chair said, “We had two bands performing, we gave out Oyster Bay Chamber VIP discount cards to all the cars, and a free T-shirt for the first 25 cars.” [This was the plan, as we went to press on Friday, Aug. 31.]
Oyster Bay Cove resident Caroline DuBois spoke at the East Norwich Civic Association meeting on Aug. 23 in favor of the bike/walkway and said, she was a former bicycle coordinator for the Washington D.C. department of transportation. She asked that the group consider sending a letter of support to the county in favor of traffic calming on West Shore Road.
President Matthew Meng told the group that he talked to Dave Ross, the owner of the Patio.com corner and was told that TD Bank will be there by December. Last month the Patio.com building had been taken down and a dumpster and a piece of construction equipment were on the site. By Aug. 23, a construction fence had gone up but nothing else happened. In the meantime, TD Bank celebrated the opening of their new location in Syosset. The ENCA has spoken to TD Bank representatives on the design of the building which they were told would be in keeping with this 300 year-old hamlet. The civic association feels that the bank is the best use of that parcel of land and is looking forward to seeing it completed.
This is the 29th Oyster Festival, announced Len Rothberg of EGC Group, the event production sponsorship chair. He said, “Next year will be the big “three-oh.” Verizon representative Patrick Lespinasse announced that besides being the title sponsor this year, they will be the title sponsor of Oyster Festival 30. Mr. Lespinasse said the Oyster Festival is proof that when government, business, the civics and private citizens all work together it is awesome.
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