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History’s Alive In The Hamlet Of Oyster Bay

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

Oyster Bay’s Civil War history has many stories to tell

History is always just one step away in Oyster Bay. This year is one of five, from the 2011 to 2015, dedicated to celebrating the sesquicentennial — 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.  The Oyster Bay Historical Society did that earlier this year with a lecture by Oyster Bay Town Historical John Hammond.

Mr. Hammond spoke about Oyster Bay and the Civil War and six local residents attended whose relatives served in that war, Linda Mohlenhoff Bruder, Edward Mohlenhoff, Peg Wanser, Leslie Wheeler Nielson, David Layton and Elizabeth Roosevelt. They are by no means the only local families who have been here long enough to have participated in the Civil War and the Revolutionary War. 


NYS DOT Approves New Entrance For TR Park At Audrey Avenue

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

Work needs DOT and LIRR approval with a June 2015 deadline

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. 


Oyster Bay Does Remember 9/11

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

Annual ceremony held at 9/11 Memorial Garden on the Western Waterfront

There is no escaping the reality that September 11 in America is a special day of mourning. This year, again it fell on a blue-skied Tuesday. NYS Senator Carl Marcellino, speaking at the 9/11 Memorial Garden at the Western Waterfront remembered that day in 2001. He said he was in his office watching what he at first thought was a re-run of a plane hitting a tower when he realized that the televised picture included the first tower in flames and then he knew they were seeing history happen live.

“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.”


TOB’s Waiting For Union’s Negotiation Call

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

With layoffs on the table, Supervisor Venditto leaves the door open for union negotiations

Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto is still struggling to solve the town’s cash flow problems. To solve the TOB budget problems he needs union concessions or the town workers will experience layoffs.

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).


OB-EN Traffic Talk And Success Story

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

Town traffic resolution aims to solve problems

Flashing yellow lights are now up and working on Route 106 alerting drivers to the 30 mph speed limit around the Vernon School. The lights are the result of the work of the traffic committee of the joint civic associations of East Norwich and Oyster Bay working with NYS Senator Carl Marcellino, the Town of Oyster Bay and joined by the school district.

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.


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.


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