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Oyster Bay Celebrates the Heroic Life of Foreign War Correspondent Marie Colvin

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00
If you are desirous of an impressive, meaningful funeral, lead an impressive meaningful life. That is the message of Marie Colvin’s life, which she lived with passion whether working or having fun. She was a full-throttle lady with nothing withheld. She surrounded herself with friends as accomplished as she. Katrina Heron, her roommate from Yale, designed her memorial website and gave the eulogy at the funeral mass at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church on Monday, March 12, for the fearless 56-year-old journalist who died in Syria three weeks ago.

Marie Colvin: The Greatest Storyteller of All

Written by Cat Colvin Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00

To me, a world without Marie is unimaginable. I am just now beginning to experience this shadow of a place, and for the first time, there is no Marie to give me comfort or guide me through. Marie has so many friends and colleagues who loved her so deeply, and countless admirers who were awed by her courage as a journalist. While I mourn together with those who loved her and take enormous pride in her accomplishments, my tribute is to my big sister and lost soulmate.


Marie Colvin’s Body Comes Home to Oyster Bay

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

Wake to Be Held March 10, 11; Mass on March 12

The body of journalist Marie Colvin was scheduled to arrive at JFK airport on Tuesday, March 6, her mother Rosemary Colvin confirmed on Sunday, March 4.

“We’re making arrangements through the Oyster Bay Funeral Home and she will be there Saturday and Sunday. The funeral will be on Monday,” she said.


The Constant Struggle Within Talk: Standing Room Only

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

It was standing room only at the Koenig Center on Tuesday, Feb. 7 as Denise Evans-Sheppard held a talk and book signing for her family history book The Constant Struggle Within. Family photographs and documents were on exhibit and Ms. Evens-Sheppard explained some of them as she spoke. The book is about the Carll family and her great great, grandfather David Carll, an African Amercian, who purchased land in 1864, using $200 of the $300 he received from the U.S. government for volunteering to serve in the Civil War. Today, the 43-acre wooded estate the family calls Carll Hill, is down to about an acre. “The Carll children were raised by their grand parents, great aunts and uncles. The woods of Carll Hill were our playing ground,” she said.


Marie Colvin Story Still Being Written; Syria Won’t Release American’s Body

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00

Pressure being brought to release body of London Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin of Oyster Bay

The story of the killing of American journalist Marie Colvin is still being written. As we go to press on Monday, Feb. 27, her family is still trying to have her body released by the Syrian government and brought home. The 56-year old journalist known for her reporting in the most dangerous hot spots over the past 25 years, died on Wednesday, Feb. 22 covering a story for The Sunday Times, a Rupert Murdoch newspaper.

“We may never get her back,” her mother Rosemary Colvin said with sadness on Sunday night. “Today was bad. They had two Red Cross ambulances ready to go in but they were being shot at. They can’t send anyone in because of the violence. Today The Sunday Times called to say it was too dangerous. It’s a very bad day for me.”


NPS Tours of Downtown Oyster Bay Illuminate Theodore Roosevelt’s Life

Written by Cathy Scibelli Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00

Others encouraged to participate in Park Ranger Tours of Oyster Bay

Looking to get some fresh air and exercise with some great company while also enjoying an entertaining learning experience? I highly recommend the new walking tour the National Park Service is offering in downtown Oyster Bay. The tours meet at the train station and then meander throughout the town, stopping in front of many historic buildings in downtown Oyster Bay.

We had the extreme pleasure of taking one of these hour-long walks on Sunday, Feb. 19. Our tour was led by Park Ranger Howard Ehrlich, who took a few moments before the tour began to help us become acquainted with the other participants so that we all felt in the company of friends as we began our walk.


MSA’s Isaac Kremer Moves on to Austin, Texas Preservation Position

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 24 February 2012 00:00

Four years of service and $1 million in grants later

Nearly four years to the day since he first arrived on March 1, Isaac D. Kremer announced that he will be leaving the Oyster Bay Main Street Association where he served as executive director to assume a new role with the leading historic preservation organization in Austin, Texas. He will be the preservation program manager for the Heritage Society of Austin.

Mr. Kremer said he saw the posting for the position and went through the interview process. “When I was at the MSA annual meeting on Jan. 26, I thought it might be my swan song. I didn’t have the final notice but I sensed it might be coming. I was just really pleased and happy to have been selected as the candidate.”

His new position is as the Preservation Program Manager for the for Heritage Society of Austin. “Austin is the capital of Texas, and the University of Texas is located there. There is a big neighborhood, South Congress with all the eccentric restaurants and shops – it’s a good change of pace. I’ve been south before. They don’t call it the south or the west. I have to find out what they say,” he added.


Chinese New Year Celebrated at Tzu Chi Academy in Oyster Bay

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 24 February 2012 00:00

Academy celebrates 15 Years of Chinese education on Sundays

The Tzu Chi Academy’s 15th Annual Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, was held at Oyster Bay High School on Sunday, Jan. 29.  The school began in 1998 at the Vernon School.  

This is the year of the dragon, one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese lunar calendar. The Year of the Dragon is considered the luckiest in the Chinese lunar calendar – it is a good time to be born.

Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Long Island branch, together with Tzu Chi Academy Long Island hosted the event. The program included a Lion Dance, student performances, kung fu, Chinese yo yo, and folk dance presentations. There were festive Lunar New Year children’s games including stilts, paper folding, New Year scrolls (calligraphy), bouncy ping pong, etc. In addition, there were gourmet vegetarian foods available; a Tzu Chi cultural exhibition; Jing Si Café and Books; as well as a charity bazaar.


Heroic Rescue by Ida May Volunteer Shipbuilders

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00

John Dupre and Bill Shepard Give CPR and Save Life of Volunteer

Two volunteers working on the Ida May Project acted quickly and applied CPR to another volunteer and kept him alive until a police officer arrived on the scene with a defibrillator and shocked his heart back into action. When the man fainted to the floor, John Dupre of Centre Island and Bill Shepard of Huntington went to work giving him CPR to keep him breathing: John doing compressions and Bill giving mouth to mouth resuscitation.

John Dupre, who learned CPR in health class at St. Dominic’s, looked for the pulse and immediately started the critical chest compressions. It was the first time he used the skill. “I was glad Bill Shephard and Herb Shierhorst were there to help. It was nerve-wracking. But then Sgt. Clark showed up with the defibrillator and was there to help me. He showed up pretty quickly,” said John.

Sgt. Michael Clark of the Old Brookville Police Department had heard the call on his police car radio and quickly responded to J Building on West End Avenue to help.


Ida May Project Files with Coast Guard, Arm of Department of Homeland Security

Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00

Reaches Out to Invite School Tours, Volunteers, While Pursuing Needed Grants

Members of the Coram arm of the US Coast Guard, a unit of the Department of Homeland Security, paid a preliminary visit to the Ida May Project at the Western Waterfront Building J in early January. Coast Guard approval of the design is a requirement for registration and for being able to carry teachers and passengers aboard the vessel. These folks helped answer questions for the Project’s initial submission. Plans, calculations, bills of materials are currently being reviewed by the Coast Guard offices in Washington, D.C.

Due a faster than expected pace of construction combined with a significant lag in obtaining grant monies, Ida May project is on a slowdown in order to extend funding. Funding was always a problem in the original restoration of Oyster Sloop Christeen, and this is no different, although the economy now 10 years later is probably a bit tougher. However, the Project is pleased that master shipwright David Short is staying on to assist, guide and educate until the original pace can be resumed.


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