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Sparks Fly In The Debate Arena

Written by Rich Forestano and Dave Gil de Rubio Monday, 22 October 2012 15:49

Town hall format and Obama’s performance finds president rebounding in the polls

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Hofstra University was the site for the second of three debates between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. Hofstra had also hosted a debate between then-Democratic nominee Obama and GOP nominee Sen. John McCain back in 2008, making the school just the second university to host consecutive presidential debates. (St. Louis’ Washington University was the other.)

With Romney scoring what many considered an upset victory over Obama’s decidedly lackluster performance in the first debate, this follow-up was going to be a “deal maker or breaker in this campaign,” according to political pundit Chris Matthews, who spoke at Hofstra the prior week. Shortly after moderator Candy Crowley took the stage at 9 p.m., it was clear both candidates were prepared to come out swinging, making for a lively hour and a half that found roughly 65 million viewers tuning in to the town hall-style debate, according to the Nielsen Ratings.

 

Same But Always New Oyster Festival

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00

A festival devoted to helping charities exceeds expectations

There were new things and old things at Oyster Festival 29. The Oyster Festival Shucking Contest was again won by David Mahnken of Melville. He shucked 35 oysters in the allotted four minutes and for the tenth time came out the winner. Something new was the winner of the Oyster Eating Contest, Abraham Ozdemir of Manhattan. This was the first time he devoured oysters.

Something else new at the festival were the T-shirts on sale at The Ida May Project in J Building on West End Avenue. Based on an original design Gregory Druhak had created for Butler Flower in the late 1970s, volunteer Jack Hoyt ordered shirts that featured the Ida May Project logo on both the front and the back. 

 

Oyster Festival Countdown

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00

A busy week made for a successful weekend event

There was excitement in the air the week of Oct. 8, as all around the community people were preparing for the Oyster Festival. Betty Tiska had her Oyster Festival schedule all planned on Tuesday, Oct. 9. She said, “I’ll be working the Supervisor’s 5K run in Townsend Square in the early morning and then for Team FMF (Frank M. Flowers & Sons, Inc. the oyster company gang) signing people up for the Eating and Shucking contests at the Rotary booth by the LIRR tracks (then later working on-stage for both contests).

“I’ll be crewing aboard the Christeen later on Saturday for one sail and then crewing three sails aboard her on Sunday. Hank (Mr. Tiska) will be pouring beer for the Masons at the Matinecock Lodge in town, on West Main Street both days at their annual Oktoberfest,” she said.

 

Free Rides To Oyster Festival And Back

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

John J. Harvey has room for 60 people as it goes and comes from the Oyster Festival

Huntley Gill, captain and part owner of the John J. Harvey is offering free rides to the Oyster Festival for 60 people. The only catch is you leave early, on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 a.m. and will leave late, on Monday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. The Oyster Fest is on Oct. 13 and 14. Check their website for reservations and details for the voyage. Last year Dan and Tanya Walker took the trip back from the Oyster Festival as did Philip Blocklyn, Oyster Bay Historical Society executive director and Elizabeth Roosevelt, who runs the OBHS gift shop. Mr. Gill said it’s a great trip through the Long Island Sound back to Manhattan and its hi-rise bordered waterfront.

The John J. Harvey is returning to the Oyster Festival for the second time. Last year from wherever you were on the waterfront you could see the Harvey doing water displays on the hour. They will be doing that again. Mr. Gill said, “Last year thousands of people visited the boat, it was great. This year again we will be offering tours of the wheel house, the engine house, we will be giving out printed guides and the pilot will be there to explain what we do.”

 

Taste Of Back To The Future At The Festival

Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

The Ida May Project, an organization re-creating to 2012 standards an historic 1925 Oyster Boat built in Bayville, will be host to members of the DeLorean club at the Oyster Festival. At least two  DeLoreans will be present, one a second-owner production vehicle, another once one of the fastest electric DeLoreans in the country. A total of six to eight of these rare vehicles may all be in one place at one time at the J-Building depending upon weather and club participation. Event location is the J-building, on West End Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date Sunday.

 

Presidential Politics Circa 1912 On Exhibit At the Koenig Center

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

Theodore Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Party run for president documented

A visit to the TR in ’12 exhibit at the Koenig Center will not only inform you as to the presidential election campaign of Theodore Roosevelt, but it will illuminate the drama of the assassination attempt he survived. An exhibit case at the Koenig Center brings together — for the first time in his hometown — the revolver, the metal eye glass case from Meyerowitz with a bullet hole through it, the speech that took some of the bullet’s impact and a digital image of the X-ray (which belongs to the Library of Congress) showing where the bullet remained throughout TR’s life. Only the bloodied shirt is missing.
 

John Jay Harvey Rescues Oyster Festival Tall Ships

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

Plans in flux for the Amistad, Oct. 13, 14, but Emancipation Proclamation will be on LI Oct. 15, 16

The fireboat John Jay Harvey is coming back to Oyster Bay for Oyster Festival 2012. She is taking the berth of the Amistad, the recreated freedom schooner that was built at Mystic Seaport’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. The switching of ships, the Harvey rescuing the Oyster Festival planners, is because the Amistad is not in good working order. Kerry Gillick-Goldberg, festival promoter said, “We can’t count on her and the fireboat is coming back. It happened yesterday, Sunday, Sept. 30.  It was the thing I wanted most. They want to come. They are going to New York after the repairs so if by some miracle they might drop in to the Oyster Festival.”

Fredrica Gray, Amistad America board chair, said the Amistad is in Maine at present where some repairs are being made.  She said, “We do plan to be at the Oyster Bay festival.”

 

Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt Dies

Written by Ronald Scaglia Wednesday, 03 October 2012 00:00
Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt died suddenly on the morning of Oct. 3. According to Ed Ward, spokesperson from the legislator’s office, Schmitt, 62, collapsed while in a budget meeting with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building and was rushed to Winthrop Hospital. He died at 11:55 a.m.

“Nassau County has lost a dedicated public servant,” said Mangano in a statement. “My wife Linda and I lost a friend of over 20 years. Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt served the residents of Nassau County with great integrity and pride. I had the privilege of serving closely with Peter in the legislature since its creation in 1996, where he distinguished himself as an outspoken advocate for the residents of the 12th Legislative District.”

 

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. 

 

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