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Sea Wall Change Order At TR Park Questioned

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

When is a change order not a change order nor a sea wall a wall?

The Town of Oyster Bay is in Phase I of the process of renovating the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park although it recently jumped the gun and proceeded to do a project planned for Phase II, without going to bid. According to Town Councilman Anthony Macagnone, the $600,000 change order for work done on the Sea Wall recently, should have been sent out to bid. Phase II was expected to be included in the town budget in October and then sent out to bid and paid for with the funds for the project available in 2013.

At the May 15 Oyster Bay Town Board meeting Paul Leo, a representative of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters questioned the town on a change order for Resolution 471 as the board was preparing to vote on it. Resolution 471 states, “Resolution pertaining to Changer Order No. 1. for Contract No. DP11-059, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park Seawall Rehabilitation – Construction Phase.” Mr. Leo said it was for more than half a million — $600,000. He said the contractor was the low bidder and he asked because of the magnitude of the change amount, “Did they miss something in the bid specifications?” He said that change orders of $30,000 or $40,000 was one thing but $600,000 was not a change order.


DOT Hearing To Move LIRR Pedestrian Crossing

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

Town asks for relocation of entrance to enhance park access

As the Town of Oyster Bay (TOB) continues working on the renovation of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park (TR Park) in the hamlet of Oyster Bay, a piece of the plan still needs an okay from the state. The town plans to relocate the pedestrian entrance to the park from Maxwell Avenue to Audrey Avenue which needs New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) approval. The park is maintained with taxpayer funds from the township of Oyster Bay. There is an entrance on Larrabee Avenue where parking fees are collected, the walk-in entrance by Maxwell, and the entrance on Bay Avenue that leads to the marina and picnic area are where no parking/entrance fees are required.

The DOT held a public hearing on the morning of Wednesday, July 25, in the Oyster Bay Community Center regarding the town’s request to relocate the at-grade pedestrian crossing over the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) tracks to Audrey Avenue. In response to a request from the public, they want to move the crossing from Maxwell Avenue,120 feet east to Audrey Avenue. NYSDOT Acting Chief Administrative Law Judge Robert A. Rybak presided over the hearing.


Kickoff For 50th Anniversary Celebration Of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Ceremonies on the piazza commemorate transfer from TRA to NPS

The National Park Service (NPS) is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (SHNHS) on Saturday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In July, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed the legislation to transfer Sagamore Hill, the Long Island home of Theodore Roosevelt, from the Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) to the American people, to be administered by the NPS.

The July 28th kickoff to a year-long celebration is free and features unique events that will commemorate this significant occasion.


Interest In Boating Safety Issues Spurred By Accident Claiming Three Lives

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

The hope is to create better safety on the water through education

Long Islanders are still mourning the deaths of three children who died in a boating accident aboard the Kandi Won on July Fourth in Oyster Bay Harbor. It has spurred elected officials to look into boating safety. United States Senator Charles E. Schumer, joined by the parents of Long Island boating victim, Victoria Gaines, called on the United States Coast Guard to require capacity limits for recreational boats over 20 feet in length and require that those limits be visibly posted onboard to educate and warn operators and their passengers of the vessels’ total passenger capabilities and weight load. 

“In the memory of the children we lost on that awful day, we can take some simple steps to educate and warn boat owners and their passengers how many people a vessel can safely handle,” said Senator Schumer. “It doesn’t make much sense that we require capacity limits to be posted for most everything from ballrooms to classrooms, and boats under 20 feet in size, but not recreational vessels over 20 feet.”


Stop & Shop Renovation Begins For Reopening Planned For Mid-August

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

New improved store will open with expanded produce and new technology

Stop & Shop on Pine Hollow Road in Oyster Bay is closing but in the famous words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, they could be saying, “I’ll be back...”

Store manager John Buchner was getting all his ducks in a row as he prepared for the closing last Wednesday, July 11. The shelves were looking empty but there was a steady stream of customers doing their last minute shopping – or better still, next few weeks’ shopping. The store is expecting to open again in early to mid-August.


LIPA Talks To East Norwich Civic On Learning From Hurricane Irene

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

FEMA awards more than $12.7 million to reimburse LIPA for repairs caused by Hurricane Irene

What the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) learned from Hurricane Irene was LIPA District Manager Lauren Brookmeyer’s as she spoke at the June 28 East Norwich Civic Association meeting. It was a timely topic since U.S. senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and congressmen Steve Israel and Tim Bishop announced on July 6, that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding more than $12.7 million to reimburse LIPA for repairs to the electrical power transmission and distribution system to repair damages caused by Hurricane Irene. 

Congressman Tim Bishop brought the message home to residents in the grant announcement saying, “This federal aid will help offset the cost of restoring power after Hurricane Irene, sharply reducing the burden on LIPA customers.” He added “FEMA’s response shows a strong commitment to Long Island taxpayers.”


Sagamore Hill Inspires July 14 Art Show In The Arts Space

Written by D.F. Karppi: Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Newly painted artwork in the plein air style on exhibit and for sale

A plein air competition of 36 artworks created at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (SHNHS) culminates in an exhibition at the newly converted Arts Space in the Rodgers’ Building at 120 Audrey Avenue in Oyster Bay, July 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. Paintings still wet from being just completed hours before will be on display. There will be some light hors d’oeuvres, and wine. If you are in the market for a reasonable priced, original work of art, this is the perfect event for you.

The juried show is the project of Ron Geller of the Painting Studios of Oyster Bay. Held last year at the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center, Philip Blocklyn, OBHS executive director said they would have loved to host the event this year again, but they are opening their exhibit from the National Park Service, “Witness Trees” the next day, Sunday, June 15.


Preservation Awards At The Woodlands Benefits OBHS

Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Honorees are local preservationists

The Oyster Bay Historical Society (OBHS) is holding the inaugural Advocates for Historic Preservation and Education Awards Reception, sponsored by Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., and hosted by Steven Mucciolo, partner and financial advisor. The reception takes place on Tuesday, July 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Woodlands at 1 Southwoods Road in Woodbury. This special event will honor Long Islanders who have distinguished themselves as advocates for history’s vital role in our lives today.

Philip Blocklyn, OBHS executive director said, “Because historic preservation and education are two critical elements of the society’s core mission, it is more than fitting that we recognize those among us active in promoting Long Island’s heritage.  In addition, the reception will raise funds in support of the Society’s ongoing programs and services.”


North Country Garden Club Honored By OBHS

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi: Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

OBHS Koenig Center proves a perfect venue for upcoming events with the TRA and SHNHP

The members of the North Country Garden Club (NCGC) were honored by the Oyster Bay Historical Society (OBHS) on June 10, for their work over the years in maintaining the colonial garden of the Earle-Wightman House, the headquarters of the society.

A Spectacular Graduation Day In Oyster Bay

Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

OBHS Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara called the Class of 2012 ‘a principal’s dream.’

Sunday, June 24, 2012 was a perfect day in Oyster Bay.  It was 80 degrees under bright blue skies.  You couldn’t have asked for better conditions to celebrate the commencement of the Class of 2012.  At the stroke of noon, Mr. Matthew Sisia raised his baton and the Oyster Bay High School combined Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble struck the familiar chords of Edward Elgar’s venerable classic, “Pomp and Circumstance.”

The crowd was soon surrounded by a sea of purple and white robes as the graduates marched out the doors of the high school led by the Class of 2012 Honorary Marshals: Elizabeth Gurdus, Kristen Poppe, Alessandra Puccio and Dean Smiros.


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