The first of a series on the people who make the Oyster Festival happen.
For many returning visitors to the Oyster Festival, the feast has a face.
The face belongs to the woman shucking and serving oysters at the Oyster Bay Rotary Club’s booth near the Food Court entrance. She smiles through a stream of conversations, shucking bivalves, passing plates of briny oysters across the counter.
The Rotary Rides! program was a large part of the events during the kickoff for the 27th Oyster Festival, Saturday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct. 17. It was a time to meet the people who made it all happen. That included Gail Speranza, Doubleday Babcock Senior Center executive director; Paul Rosen, operations manager for Oyster Bay Manor and Harbor House Assisted Living; Rotarian Donna Lee (who was unable to attend the event); Paul Mori, senior manager of operations, Hendrickson Bus Company; Rotary Rides customer Pablo Cruz; and Rachel Dombrowsky, president of Oyster Bay Manor and Harbor House Assisted Living who sponsored Mr. Cruz. Profits from Rotary’s involvement with the Oyster Festival will be used to fund Rotary Rides!
At his upcoming exhibition at the Nassau County Museum of Art, which will be held from Sept. 25, to Jan. 9, visitors will be able to gain insight into the creative processes of Mort Künstler, an artist renown for his authentic and moving portrayals of scenes from the Civil War. This latest exhibition of Civil War paintings is entitled “For Us The Living.” There will be sketches, drawings, props and photos available, as well as preliminary studies, for visitors’ perusal.
This Oyster Festival is unique in that while all Oyster Festivals are to promote local not-for-profit groups as their major fund raiser, this new festival is dedicated to helping the new Rotary Rides! program that will replace the defunct MTA Able Rides in this north shore area of Long Island. Rotary Rides! will service handicap residents of Oyster Bay hamlet, East Norwich, Bayville, Locust Valley, Syosset and now Glen Head. Rotary Rides! is funded by the Oyster Bay Charitable Foundation that is funded by the Oyster Festival.
This summer the Nassau County Board of Elections have been doing a “trunk show” at venues all over the area to show voters how the new optical scanner machines work. Nassau County is following the new guidelines of the Help Americans Vote Act that was passed by the federal government in October 2002 when then President George W. Bush signed it into law. The aim of the legislation was to improve and enhance voter access, prevent fraud, and modernize elections across the country. Each state was to set up its own system.
This year’s Oyster Festival kickoff was scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 24 – again at the flagpole in Theodore Roosevelt Park. This year, Cindy Smith, president of ImageQuest Communications, promoter of the festival, and Rotary President Jim Fuccio announced Rotary will use the festival to fund their new program Rotary Rides!
The levy for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District was set on Wednesday, Aug. 4. The amount needed to be collected from the taxpayers is $44,856,789. Although the state passed its budget, it has not finalized the amount the school will receive in aid.
The African American Civil War Museum in Washington, D.C. is preparing to close its doors at its current location and presented its last civil war soldier - David Carll of Oyster Bay, on Aug. 7, 2010.
The Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce held their July 28 Business After Hours at the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum train yard. It was another of the hot muggy nights this season has been giving us, but it was a great night out for networking, as Chamber President Michele Browner observed. She thanked the OBRM for hosting the event which is at a different location each time, to give chamber members a chance to visit other venues in town. She also mentioned the Spend A Day In Oyster Bay! program which is available at the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum Preview Center.
At her recent retirement party at the Crescent Beach Club, in Bayville, Mayor Victoria Siegel was presented with the distinction of having the Bayville Bridge named after her. Her reaction was understandably emotional. “It is a tremendous honor,” she said. Her face glowed with the memory. She indicated that there will be a sign posted by the bridge, with its new name, on August 31. After serving for 24 years as mayor, Ms. Siegel plans to remain an active private citizen. She is also considering remaining in government, or possibly starting a local retail business.
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