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Ratner, Wang Tapped To Help County Solve Coliseum Conundrum

Written by Rich Forestano Tuesday, 20 November 2012 16:36

Renaissance Downtown chosen as master developer

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.


Church Partners With Teams For Sandy’s Cleanup

Written by D.F. Karppi Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00
Volunteers from the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief teams (SBCDR) from Kentucky and Illinois as well as two people from upstate New York were thanked at a dinner on Monday, Nov. 11. It was hosted  by their partners at the North Shore Community Church of Oyster Bay (NSCC). They had joined with them, right after Hurricane Sandy, as the teams volunteered to help with the cleanup — offering their services free. The church provided support services for the volunteers.

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.


LVCSD Throws Bayville Residents A Hurricane Sandy Recovery Party

Written by D.F. Karppi Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00

Free food event at the Bayville Firehouse

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.


Science Vs. Sandy — Science Wins!

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00

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.”


West Shore Road Situation, LIPA Response Questioned

Written by Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, 15th L.D. Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00

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.


Hurricane Sandy Blows Out Power

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 09 November 2012 00:00

Oyster Bay groups help residents cope with storm power outages

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.


Western Waterfront Survives Hurricane Sandy Winds

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 09 November 2012 00:00
The best news after Hurricane Sandy is that the Oyster Festival location in Theodore Roosevelt is still pristine. The Town of Oyster Bay recently over-hauled the drainage system in the park as part of the Phase I renovation and it worked amazingly well. While the park was inundated with water during the storm, by Wednesday, Oct. 31 the water had drained off the streets and was flooding the recharge basin, which then looked like a lake, and the swales were all filled to the brim, but draining. It should be mentioned that Sandy was a lot of wind but not water. The turf field did not do as well because the rubber particles floated out and were scattered around the park.

Election Results

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:11

(Unofficial Results)
* winner

U.S. President:
* Barack Obama (D)
Mitt Romney (R)


Susan Lucci Supports Our Kids

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Tuesday, 06 November 2012 00:00

So does Nelson DeMille, even in absentia

“I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a night,” said Ralph Fumante, an Oyster Bay Cove trustee.  He had a point. The Bahniks, Lori and Roger, brought together a group of like minded people to work for the good of Oyster Bay-East Norwich’s children at the gala at the Metropolitan Club in Glen Cove on Oct. 19. Once again it proved to be a delightful venue and a great place to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich.

They always have a surprise for guests; this year Lori Bahnik introduced Susan Lucci, who offered a copy of her new book All My Life and a lunch with the highest bidder. Ms. Lucci, star of the longtime running TV soap opera All My Children, and the one everyone loved to hate, said she wrote the book at the urging of her son Andreas.


TOB Raises Fees But Not Taxes In Budget

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 26 October 2012 00:00
The Town of Oyster Bay residents will not have to pay any increase in taxes but they will be paying more in what Town Supervisor John Venditto characterized as “luxury item” fees. That means an increase in such fees as parking, marina costs and possibly golf fees. As we went to press there was no specific information available. There was no increase in taxes in 2011, there was a 3.5 percent increase in taxes for 2012 and there will be no increase in taxes for 2013.

The Town of Oyster Bay held its 2013 budget hearings on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Supervisor John Venditto said, “Since 2008 [as the national economy was taking a hit] I have been dreading this day.” He has been working at least since May to solve his insolvency problems when he declared he needed to cut 220 workers from the payroll. With a $13 million shortfall something had to be done. He said while other municipalities were declaring bankruptcy they were coping.


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