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Gillibrand, Israel Host LI Sound Roundtable

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

Legislators seek regular funding schedule to preserve Sounds economic engine

Oyster Bay, known for its pristine water quality as a result of years of good stewardship – a great place to grow oysters and clams – was chosen as the location for a roundtable discussion on funding for the Long Island Sound. On April 13, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Steve Israel hosted a Protect the Long Island Sound roundtable with local stakeholders held at the Sagamore Yacht Club. Federal funding for restoration and stewardship programs to protect Long Island Sound expired at the end of 2011. Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Representative Israel, a co-chair of the Long Island Sound Caucus, introduced legislation last month to support the restoration of Long Island Sound through 2016. The LI Sound borders New York and Connecticut, with 8 million people living on the coast and 20 million people living within 50 miles.

100th Anniversary Of Titanic Links W.R. Coe To Voyage

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

Theodore Roosevelt White House aide Archie Butt went down with the ship   

Timing is everything, and the choices W. R. Coe, whose mansion Coe Hall is the centerpiece of Planting Fields Arboretum State Park, made on his voyages crossing the pond, all worked to his advantage. John Hammond, Oyster Bay town historian says in his book Oyster Bay Remembered, that Mr. Coe was booked on the Titanic on April 12; however, because his wife, Mai, was ill, he changed his reservation on a later date to the Lusitania.

Henry Joyce, Planting Fields Foundation executive director said, “Mr. Coe was not booked on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, but was booked for a return voyage from New York to Southampton. With the sinking of the Titanic, they instead re-booked on the Lusitania in June of that summer.” That was why their new Renault Landaulet, which they bought in Paris in June 1912, was shipped by rail to London for their use while they were in England that summer.


TR In The Spotlight At April 12 Lecture, The Progressives And The Constitution

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi: Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00

Friends of Sagamore Hill’s Dr. John A. Gable lecture series continues

It is once again time for the Dr. John A. Gable Lecture Series sponsored by the Friends of Sagamore Hill (FOSH) and held at Christ Church Parish Hall. The series kicked off on March 29 with a talk by Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Wynn speaking on “Theodore Roosevelt: The Intellectual: TR as writer, contributor, and correspondent.” The next lecture in the series takes place on Thursday, April 12 at 7:15 p.m., as James L. Coll, associate professor of American and Constitutional history at Nassau Community College speaks on “The Progressives and the Constitution.” Admission is free and refreshments are served.


Estampas Folkloricas Peru To Perform On April 12 At HCC Dinner

Written by Adolfo Zepeda, CCH program coordinator Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00

This year the 15th Annual Hispanic Cultural Center dinner will showcase three performances by Estampas Folkloricas Peru. Estampas Folkloricas Perú is a nonprofit organization whose main goal is to preserve, promote, and diffuse Peruvian folklore and cultural manifestations through dance and music. Its repertoire includes traditional dances from the different regions of Peru, including the coast, the mountain areas and the jungle.

Most members of the dance group are students from colleges, universities and schools districts in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and New York City.


OB-EN Writers Win Awards at RHM’s Great Presidents Contest

Written by D.F. Karppi: Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

Educational excitement in the OB-EN school halls extends to Raynham Hall Museum

Educational enrichment comes in many forms. The classrooms of the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School and the James H. Vernon School are often buzzing with excitement as parents and friends share in many writing celebrations with students as young as kindergarten ages. These celebrations and the reading and writing programs in place in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich schools have been praised by the Columbia University Teachers College and visited and studied by teachers from other districts all over Long Island.


There’s Still a Great Variety of Items at Buckingham Village

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

Buckingham’s Variety Store is reinvented as Buckingham Village

Something old has become something new as Buckingham’s Variety Store has reinvented itself into Buckingham Village. It is located at 36 Audrey Avenue in downtown Oyster Bay. Walter Imperatore, of Renaissance Property Associates, LLC, who manages the Oyster Bay real estate for owner Charles Wang said, “It is a new concept for the store. It’s been an idea in the back of our minds for a while. Recently, it seemed to us that there were a lot of little businesses that wanted to open up locally. Think Long Island First was the first. They were recently joined by Chef Fran’s Kitchenware. Now we have these different store owners with their own products sharing space.”


ENCA Puts $2,500 Into Median Cleanup

Written by Dagmar Fors karppi: Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

Thorough cleanup needs professional help in heavily trafficked locations

Last summer Tom Kearney of East Norwich took out his old-fashioned scythe and “mowed down” the thigh-high grass in the median along Route 106. He was tired of waiting for the NYS DOT to come through and do the cleanup. This year, the East Norwich Civic Association (ENCA) is planning to pay for a thorough cleanup of the medians – in the heavily trafficked areas that are more than the volunteers can handle safely.

At the Thursday, March 22, meeting of the ENCA, the members voted to spend $2,500 for a cleanup of the medians along Route 25A and Route 106 from Mill River Road to Sugar Tom’s Lane. It cuts a swath through their downtown business area; and will also cover the median on 25A east of Route 106. Doing the initial cleanup will not be enough unless the work is maintained, and therefore, president Matthew Meng and vice president Sean Rainey plan to talk to the local business owners to see if they would like to contribute funding to pay for the monthly work needed. They want to set an example that they are willing to work with not only the merchants, but with the DOT too.


Gaps Aren’t Only at the LIRR But School Budget’s Is Filled

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi: Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

OB-EN school board adds revenue, subtracts expenses and fills the NYS cap/gap

What’s a budget gap and why are we trying to fill it?

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich school budget gap is the difference between capped revenues and the necessary expenditures to run the district. This gap came as the result of legislation by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration.


Marie Colvin’s Death Inspires Freedom Fighters

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi: Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

Syrians Want America’s Freedom

The story of the life and death of Marie Colvin, war correspondent, is still being written. Her death in the shelling of an improvised media center in the Baba Amr district of Homs, Syria, where she was reporting the effects of the war on innocent people, has earned her the love and respect of the Syrian people. Her location in Baba Amr is believed to have been targeted by the government forces of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad because journalists were informing the world about what is happening there.   

To express the thanks of the Syrian people for Colvin’s telling of their story, the Marie Colvin Convoy for Freedom of Syria has been making its way from Los Angeles to Washington D.C., stopping in 11 cities across the country to raise awareness of ongoing fighting in Syria.


Way-Finding Signs Are in OB’s Future

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi: Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

Preserve America project manager Meredith Maus working on historic signage

When the Oyster Bay Main Street Association (MSA) received a Preserve America grant, it put into motion a two-year project that is still in the works. It included working with local students to encourage their knowledge of local history and is now in the pre-production phase as they fine-tune the copy and photos for way-finding signs that are the aim of the program.

Presently, Meredith Maus is the project manager for the Preserve America efforts. She is currently using the Oyster Bay Historical Society files to look at antique photographs to include in the interpretive signs. As shown in a photograph of the Octagon Hotel plaque, the larger signs may use more than one photograph to identify each location.


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