Raynham Hall and the Oyster Bay chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are hosting the 20th annual Great Presidents Contest, being held at the historic museum at 20 West Main Street. Entries are due by Wednesday, Feb. 1 by 5 p.m. Only one entry per person. The reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. All contestants and their parents and teachers are invited to attend a reception including an awards ceremony at Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay.
Winning entries will be on display at the museum from Feb. 17 through March 1, and will be available to be picked up beginning March 5.
All entries not picked up by March 12 will be disposed of unless prior arrangements have been made with the museum.
Raynham Hall Museum started the year with a gala Twelfth Night celebration with about 40 members and friends attending. It is the festival that marks the end of Twelve Days of Christmas when you start counting with Dec. 25, and was held Jan. 5.
Raynham Hall Museum Director Harriet Garrard Clark said they chose to celebrate 12th Night because “the Townsends, of Colonial times and Victorian times would have celebrated then, as opposed to Christmas which was thought of as being a sober event as opposed to a holiday. And, we wanted to thank all our members and friends for what they do during the year,” she said.
Members of the community were invited to an informal chat on Thursday, Jan. 12 in Room 115 at the high school, as the introduction to the 2012-2013 Oyster Bay-East Norwich School budget. About 40 parents, teachers and board members attended and discussed their concerns.
Considering last year’s first budget forum, this was a way to informally hear people speak about their concerns without using “Robert’s Rules” of procedure. The 2011 forum was a board meeting that - because of the number of people who came – was held in the auditorium. The board listened but didn’t answer questions. It was a very long night. Instead, this meeting was a dialog with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Phyllis Harrington acting as the chair and parents and students (seniors) asking questions, making suggestions and comments and answers were given.
The Town of Oyster Bay inducted their newly elected officials on Jan. 2, in a ceremony of gratitude and thanks to the Republican Party leaders, the town workforce, the families who support them and the voters who as Supervisor John Venditto said – get their message. That message is preserving their quality of life, good fiscal management, and listening to civic leaders and making them partners instead of adversaries.
Supervisor Venditto spoke of the challenges of winning and having to do better each time. He said proudly, that they are winning by increasingly greater margins each time they seek election and said, “It’s because of the people in this room and beyond.
It was a busy holiday season for Oyster Bay Jewish Center Rabbi Marvin Demant as he lead Channukah events on Monday, Dec. 19 at 4:30 p.m. at OBJC; 5 p.m. at Harbor House; and 5:30 p.m. at the Derby-Hall Bandstand.
Rabbi Demant said, “The Oyster Bay Jewish Center celebrated Channukah symbolically, on the day before the first candle was to be lit the next night. The reason was that all the children of the Oyster Bay Jewish Center Hebrew School are there on Mondays. Our Hebrew school meets on Monday and Wednesday so it is easy for us to get them together those days.”
Ewa Rumprecht and Jolanta Zamecka of Think Long Island First said, “Within minutes of sending our first announcement of the Show the Love Valentine Competition we have received enthusiastic letters from prospective participants. We are thrilled with the response.”
The invitation to the competition said, “Love is all around us in many shapes and forms, and this Valentine’s Day a special competition will give local artists and budding artists-to-be a chance to show what love means to them in the way of the time-honored tradition of the Valentine.”
The Oyster Bay Main Street Association has been gently tweaking buildings in historic Oyster Bay by bringing in “outside dollars” to the hamlet over the past few years for restoration and preservation. They recently received a grant for $500,000 to add to $200,000 last year; and a $70,000 Preserve America federal matching grant; and a $10,000 grant for the Octagon Hotel. “So over the last three years, that comes to $950,000,” said Isaac Kremer, OB MSA executive director.
It would seem the Oyster Bay Main Street Association is building on their success with each grant they receive, but executive director Isaac Kremer said his best selling feature is Oyster Bay- the hometown of Theodore Roosevelt. “When I go around the country on conferences the best thing I can tell them is I’m restoring Theodore Roosevelt’s hometown and people understand and most of the time they go out of their way to support it. They appreciate the Roosevelts and that Oyster Bay is the place that should be kept at its best because it is a strong memorial to him,” Mr. Kremer said.
Joan Aileen Whiteman Imhof died on Dec. 12. A resident of Bayville, she was the wife of John Imhof and the mother of Julie and Meg. She died at the age of 67, of complications of a fast moving pancreatic tumor.
Joan Imhof’s death is a loss to the community because in her life she made such an effort to work for the community’s good.
The Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s Board of Directors Fundraising Committee coordinated a Holiday Art Exhibit and Sale on Dec. 4. The event was held at the picturesque Sewanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club on Centre Island and featured the artwork of their in-Center artists as well as local noted artists.
At the Sewanhaka event, Gail Speranza, LEC executive director thanked the fundraising committee, including Beth Polner Abrahams, Patricia Azmitia, Edward Mohlenhoff, Susan Peterson Neuhaus and Lillian Soricillo. She presented a bouquet of flowers to Ms. Soricillo, chair of the group.
NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo visited West Hempstead’s Cornwell Avenue School on Dec. 12, to sign into law the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation bill, which has been touted by the governor and supporting legislators as bringing real tax relief to businesses and the middle class in New York State.
The state legislature passed the bill on Dec. 7.
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