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Town Seeks Horticultural Advice To Create A New Tree Ordinance

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00
The Oyster Bay Town board held their second meeting to discuss proposed changes to the town code on their tree ordinance and adding specifications to growing bamboo on Sept. 4. It followed the Aug. 14 meeting that introduced the subjects. The proposed repeal of the tree ordinance created a stir among people who have long fought to preserve the quality of life in the township and as a result there were many speakers who wanted to be sure the trees would be preserved. At the Sept. 4, meeting both Muttontown Mayor Julianne Beckerman and Bayville Mayor Douglas Watson attended as listeners showing interest in the subject. Sea Cliff resident James Foote spoke about their tree ordinance in which the village is increasing the diameter of trees regulated.

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.


Bill Bauer Seeks 500,000 Miles Record

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00

Former Oyster Festival bicycle race director riding to set a record

If all goes as planned, on Sept. 13, Bicycle Bill Bauer of Bayville will have achieved his goal of having ridden his bicycle 500,000 miles, here on Long Island. He will be doing it before Oyster Festival XXIX arrives on Oct. 13 and 14. Bill racked up a great many of those miles when he was the race director of the Oyster Festival Cycling Classic run during the first 11 festivals, when the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce ran the event.

“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.


Cruise Night September 11 Features Richard Cannata On The Saxophone

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00

Cruise Nights end on September 25; don’t miss out on the fun

Cruise Night in Oyster Bay held Tuesdays on Audrey Avenue, is a great family event. This year the weather was drizzly as it started out in April, but on Aug. 28 the weather was perfect and the South Street band was performing. Cruise Night is a great night out.

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.]


Traffic Calming On West Shore Road?

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00

Bikers ask for a safer West Shore Road for cyclists, walkers, joggers

While it appeared a few weeks ago that West Shore Road would be repaired after years of neglect, advocates for a bike lane made their voices heard and are continuing the dialogue on the project. A previous plan, about 10 years ago, included funds from the federal government, which supports the inclusion of bike lanes in highway projects, as another mode of transportation. The new plans, funded only by Nassau County, have no bike/walkways included.

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.


ENCA Plans 50th Anniversary Family Event

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00
The East Norwich Civic Association (ENCA) is planning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the organization. At their Aug. 23 meeting, Pat Cohen volunteered to work on the anniversary committee. Marie Colvin and President Matthew Meng said they, too, would serve to help work on the event. Sean Rainey and Rob Brusca were appointed in absentia, to join the committee. Ms. Colvin said they were considering an event for families at Chelsea. It was where the community celebrated its 300th anniversary several years ago.

President Matthew Meng told the group that he talked to Dave Ross, the owner of the corner and was told that TD Bank will be there by December. Last month the 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.


29th Oyster Festival Excitement Begins

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 24 August 2012 00:00
Charlie Dane, the little girl with the big voice, kicked off the Oyster Festival 2012 press conference with her full-throated rendition of The Star Spangled Banner. She will be one of the many performers that keep the festival alive with music. The kickoff took place on Aug. 17, at the flagpole area of Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, with the waterfront as its background.

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.


Town Considers Amendments To Tree Removal Ordinance

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 24 August 2012 00:00

Environmentalists attend meeting to be sure change is needed

Amendments to the code of the Town of Oyster Bay were discussed at the Tuesday, Aug. 14, town board meeting. They included regulations pertaining to the growing of bamboo on both residential and commercial property (see article on page 10), storm water management and erosion and sediment control, and the removal of trees on private property.

OB/CSH Protection Committee Signs On

Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00

In stark contrast to the divisive political scene in Washington, elected officials representing 14 local governments in the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor watershed came together on Aug. 8 to officially establish the Oyster Bay / Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee.

With beautiful Oyster Bay Harbor as the backdrop representatives from 11 villages, two towns and Nassau County pledged their commitment to an inter-municipal agreement under the new gazebo in Theodore Roosevelt Park in Oyster Bay. The agreement codifies the relationship between the municipalities that have been meeting since January 2010 at the recommendation of the environmental advocacy organization, Friends of the Bay.


Oyster Fest To Host NFL LI Championship

Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00

The Oyster Bay Rotary and the Town of Oyster Bay announced that the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Long Island Championship (LIC) will take place during the Oyster Festival on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the artificial turf athletic field at Theodore Roosevelt Park.

The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick football competition allows boys and girls ages 6 to 15 to showcase their talents in punting, passing, and kicking with scores based on distance and accuracy. Local qualifying events are held across Long Island during the summer, with the winners of the local events advancing to the LI championships Oct. 14 in Oyster Bay.


Witness Trees Exhibit Ends August 19

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

Now on view at the The Koenig Center, this National Park Service traveling show focuses on transforming history into art

Witness Trees, opened on July 15, at the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center as its summer exhibition, in partnership with Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (SHNHS) and runs now through Aug. 19. The items on display are the work of students from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), using wood reclaimed from trees on four National Historic Sites.

SHNHS Superintendent Thomas Ross was very happy to see the works created by RISD students using wood reclaimed from trees on the National Historic Sites, In addition to Sagamore Hill, the contributing sites include Hampton Plantation in Maryland, the George Washington Birthplace in Virginia, and the Frederic Law Olmstead site in Massachusetts.


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