“You are here at a moment in history,” said SHHNS Superintendent Thomas Ross. “It is the official start of the summer season at Sagamore Hill, over the Memorial Day weekend, when we honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country.”
The WaterFront Center organizes the activities at the Western Waterfront on Sunday, such as the Anything That Floats Race (ATFR), free harbor tours on the Christeen, free sails aboard their Sonar sailboats, free use of their kayaks and touch tanks with local marine life.
“As a community we have to watch that, too,” said Mr. Martin who has been championing traffic safety in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich area. “Fathers should be aware – this is death.” He said a neighbor, a mother of four, gave him the drug packets that she spotted in the fields. The police have been informed, but Mr. Martin wanted parents to be watchful of the problem in regards to their own children.
Tom Swiencki, of the Oyster Bay Marine Supply, explains: “Summer flounder is better known around here as fluke. South of New Jersey they call them summer flounder. That’s because they don’t have winter flounder, but we do.”
The purpose of the Lions Club of Oyster Bay’s spring benefit is always to raise funds for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind (GDF) and their America’s VetDogs (AVD) as well as other worthy causes. This year’s benefit event, held at the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club (SCYC) on April 29, allowed people to get a better idea of the GDF and the people they serve.
In 2003, the GDF recognized the need for an overall assistance dog program for veterans that would incorporate guide dogs, service dogs and state-of-the-art mobility devices – especially as our nation’s veterans age and as our country’s wounded warriors return home from active conflicts abroad.
Oyster Bay High School (OBHS) seventh-grade student Charlie Dane, 13, is using her talent to talk to fellow teens about dating violence. She is part of a campaign using seven youth artist finalists, aged 13 to 20, from across the country who have contributed original songs to the nonprofit Pave the Way Project (PWP) which raises awareness of dating violence among their peers. The winning artist will perform in a recording of a new song written by Grammy Award winner Salvador Santana, collaborating alongside his father, 10-time Grammy Award winner Carlos Santana. The famed music pair is showing support for this initiative through the power of music to connect with youth around dating violence issues.
Before a vote was counted, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Phyllis Harrington said, “We are going to do fabulously.” Resident Bob Santos commented, “You know I’m very positive. The vote is going to pass easily.”
When Mr. Van Cott assumed the position of assistant superintendent for finance and operations for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District, the 2007-08 bond had already been approved and the money had been borrowed from the bank. It came on the heels of the adoption of the Energy Performance Contract.
In looking over the paperwork, Mr. Van Cott noticed that the district’s bond rating at the time was “Aa3.” Mr. Van Cott requested a conference call with OB-EN assistant business official, Elisa Pellati and Moody’s. Moody’s is a company that employs a bond rating scale developed more than 100 years ago by John Moody and is the industry standard for rating the viability of financial systems based on risk.
The Muttontown Horsemen’s Association (MHA) and the Nassau Suffolk Horsemen’s Association (NSHA) held their annual open house at the Muttontown Preserve on April 29. It was a perfect day for the event, sunny with a bit of breeze.
Through their care of the equestrian area, they have shown that they are the lead agency involved in the care of the Muttontown Preserve. Recently Nassau County hired Saratoga Associates to come up with a blueprint for caring for all its parks and preserves. There was a need for looking at the future of the parks and preserves because of the daunting economic climate that caused cutbacks in staffing of workers who maintained those open space areas. At the Muttontown Preserve a staff of 10 was reduced to one fulltime and one half-time employees. The recommendation of Saratoga Associates was that Nassau County residents should form “friends of the parks and preserves” groups to support their local open space venues.
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