The Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay celebrates Homecoming annually, this year’s event did not disappoint. The event generated a great turnout. Staff greeted many new faces as well as familiar ones, ready to embark on the coming fall season with new and interesting programs.
The new executive director, Silvana LaFerlita Gullo, introduced herself and with her staff explained upcoming activities and programs being developed from suggestions by the seniors themselves. As usual the day’s festivities provided a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The program for the day included complimentary refreshments, a delicious lunch, music and line dancing.
The 13th annual Bayville Waterside Festival was held at Ransom Beach in Bayville on Sept. 14 and 15, giving residents a reason to get outdoors and enjoy the last official weekend of summer. Though the weather was on the cooler side, particularly on Saturday, people from all around Bayville and surrounding communities came out to enjoy local food, vendors, music and games for the kids, with the glorious beach view as a backdrop to the fair.
“The weather was beautiful, the music was great and the food was wonderful,” said Vincent Moscato, president of the Bayville Chamber of Commerce.
Downtown Oyster Bay was the “happening place” to be on Friday nights in July this summer, as “Dancing in the Street” returned for the third season. Following on the fun and success of the past two summers, this year’s dancing attracted bigger crowds than ever.
Brought to the community by Oyster Bay Main Street Association, and once again generously sponsored by BMW of Oyster Bay, the music was contagious and even the heat could not keep all the dancers off the “floor” (the closed-off Audrey Avenue extension between the Bandstand and Town Hall).
Tom Murcott, a Mill River Rod & Gun Club (MRR&GC) member, was watching his son, Matt Murcott, and Matt Jones catching bait for the entrants of the annual Snapper Derby on Sept. 6. The event, sponsored by the MRR&GC has been going on for 30 years, said Kenny Warren, a past president and now Sergeant at Arms of the club. For about the past dozen years it has been known as the James Carroll Snapper Derby in his honor. He was one of the club’s founding members and loved fishing. The family members are continuing the tradition in honor of their parents, Pat and Jimmy Carroll of Bayville.
Oksana the painting dog made her debut at the Long Island Picture Frame & Art Gallery earlier this month, where visitors got a special treat of seeing her creativity in action at the charity art auction. The event was a benefit for Canine Companions for Independence and featured major Long Island artists as well as Canine Companions graduates and volunteers.
“She has a rather unique, unusual talent,” said Karina Windsor of Oksana’s artistic prowess. “We wanted to showcase her new talent at Long Island Picture Frame & Art Gallery.”
The Bayville Fire Co. #1 hosted an invitational Old Fashioned Drill on Saturday, Sept. 7, as a benefit to help local community outreach programs as well as helping kids with cancer. The proceeds went to aid the programs of St. Gertrude Church and the Bayville Village Church as well as the Matthew Fetzer Foundation.
“Since our formation in 1922, the Bayville Fire Company’s purpose has been to help our community,” said Michael Parente, president of the fire company. “We feel this goes beyond our traditional role of putting out fires to helping our community wherever possible. With the recent events of Super Storm Sandy and a struggling economy, we offer our assistance this year to our community through our two community churches, so that they can better assist residents in need. Our partnership with the Matthew Fetzer Foundation remains strong and through this event helps children and their families dealing with this terrible disease.”
A unique American Flag of Honor made with the names of all those who died on September 11, 2001 made clear why people were gathering at the Oyster Bay 9/11 Memorial Garden this year. It was the first time the event was held at dusk and was to have included a candle lighting—but the winds off the bay eliminated the use of fire. It was the first time the Oyster Bay Community Band performed at the annual event, although the bagpiper John Delaney also returned.
The timing was auspicious as the crowd was the largest to date, even if it didn’t take off at 7 p.m. as expected.
“There is a boat on fire in Cold Spring Harbor and only half the men are here at the moment,” said Senator Carl Marcellino, whose staff organizes the annual event. He thanked Kathy Wilson, Charlotte Longo and Samantha Goetz for their organizational work, as well as the Town of Oyster Bay and the WaterFront Center.
The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund and Oyster Bay Rotary Club hosted a pre-Oyster Festival press conference to kick off its 30th anniversary.
With Oyster Bay Harbor in the background, members marked three decades of the North Shore’s biggest family friendly fun event and had Len Rothberg, event coordinator, thanking the Town of Oyster Bay officials for the use of streets, park, and general support. He said the Oyster Festival is something that holds the community together. Rotary members chair all the committees, joined by experts in their fields, and the actual weekend event has community members from local non-profits working side by side to food—which is the true attraction for the “droves of people who come to this two-day event,” he said.
A crowd of about 500 people gathered at the second rally to save the Glen Cove Hospital on Saturday, Aug. 31, a more organized and informative event than the first. Residents waved signs urging the North Shore Health System to “Save
Our Hospital” while local politicians, hospital employees and residents with personal stories to share took to the microphone.
Speaking on a stage set up behind the Glen Cove Public Library, Mayor Ralph Suozzi opened the rally with an explanation of intent.
“This gives us a chance to come together as a community,” he said. “The uncertainty has caused a lot of fear and anger.”
Ten years ago, the OBEN School District found itself as a “district in need of improvement.” The district saw the leadership potential of the assistant superintendent for instruction, Dr. Phyllis Harrington, and promoted her to superintendent of schools. The board of education proved correct in their assessment and found that they had hired a dynamic leader.
One of Dr. Harrington’s many strengths as a leader was her ability to find the right people to do the jobs necessary for a successful organization.
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