This year, more people than ever, attended the commemoration of the anniversary of September 11, 2001. This year, the tenth, had two commemorations at the Oyster Bay Waterfront on Saturday, Sept. 10. The first was at the 9/11 Memorial on West End Avenue. It was followed by the dedication of the new 9/11 Memorial Garden created by the Atlantic Steamer Fire Department with a piece of steel and concrete from the World Trade Towers.
NYS Senator Carl Marcellino spoke at both ceremonies. He said certain images and dates become engraved in our minds. Among them are Dec. 7, 1941 with the attack on Pearl Harbor; Nov. 22, 1963 with the assassination of JFK; and now Sept. 11, 2001 – in each case, most Americans remember where they were when they heard the news.
Nicole Menchise, OBHS librarian said the success of their first preservation workshop earlier this year encouraged them to do more of them. The next one will be held on Oct. 9, in celebration of Archives Month. “We liked the turnout and the feedback from the original preservation workshop that we did -so we decided to do something like that a couple of times a year. One may be more specific and another more general.
Billy Joel of 20th Century Cycles museum just built a custom bobber for Bruce Springsteen. Austin Azzaretto, said, “They just delivered it, a gold metallic custom. Bruce Springsteen is a personal friend of Billy’s. Mr. Joel, and Alex Puls, the curator of the museum, designed the bobber together. It has a Kawasaki W-650 engine and is based on a 2000 Kawasaki W-650 – customized. They rebuilt the whole motorcycle.”
Austin Azzaretto has two volunteer jobs in Oyster Bay. One is on Tuesday nights when he chairs Cruise Nights, and the other is on Sundays when he is a regular at Billy Joel’s 20th Century Cycles. Mr. Azzaretto said on Tuesday, Aug. 23, Mr. Joel held a dealer’s conference for Moto Guzzi, a famed motorcycle company that started in Italy, after WWI.
Although retired by the New York City Fire Department in 1994, the John J. Harvey was pressed into service on 9/11.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto said he and NYS Senator Carl Marcellino had never been upstaged before by a coatimundi. It happened at the Oyster Festival kickoff Thursday, Aug. 25. Festival promoters Harlan Friedman and Kerry Gillick-Goldberg raised the bar this year as they opened the meeting with American Idol singer Jerome Bell belting out The Star Spangled Banner; the Kings of the Coast pirates streaming through and telling Coast Guard Commander Joe Orlich, “You’ll never catch us!”; as members of the Island Xtreme All Stars Cheerleading Team flew in the air; and a sweet tame coatimundi enchanted the animal lovers in the audience.
To mark this year’s nationwide Centennial of Naval Aviation celebrations, Grumman retirees are being sought to attend a Labor Day weekend event to be held Sept. 3, 4, and 5 at Republic Airport in Farmingdale. Northrop Grumman is teaming up with the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport, to invite those who worked on, flew or built Grumman and Northrop Grumman aircraft to come and help create a video oral history chronicle.
Many Oyster Bay residents worked in the aircraft industry when it was one of the biggest employees on Long Island and there are a great many local connections to the industry.
Visitors to the Oyster Festival will have a special place to see into the heart of Oyster Bay. The Graduated Pearls Project of sculptor/artist Jerelyn Hanrahan will be installed in time for the Oct. 15, 16 event. It has been a long project and is guaranteed to be a photo op location for visitors. It commemorates all the locations in town residents most cherish.
Jerelyn Hanrahan has been having a busy summer. She has been delivering her Pearls of Oyster Bay to those 19 organizations which local residents said they would miss the most if they left the area. Those nominations are the basis of her Graduated Pearls of Oyster Bay project that will culminate in the outdoor installation at Theodore Roosevelt Park near the playground area of her large-scale pearl necklace covering an area that’s 40 feet long and 20 feet wide. Jerelyn Hanrahan’s art project, “Graduated Pearls,” is an interactive community program. It is actually big enough to be a bench and/or a children’s play area.
Politics is a balancing game in this Democracy. Terrance Kelly of East Norwich, a candidate for a seat on the Oyster Bay Town Board got the news on Thursday, Aug. 18, that his name would not be on the Nov. 8 ballot on the Independence Party line – although he is a member of that group himself. His name will however be on the Democratic line.
Rick Bellando, the head of the Independence Party in Nassau County said, “I’m sorry to see Terrance Kelly off the Independent line. He is definitely a strong candidate. He has a great future ahead of him. I heard many people in Oyster Bay Town are very fond of him.
Terry Kelly of East Norwich is aiming to nab a seat on the Oyster Bay Town Board in the upcoming November elections. With a little luck he may just do that. It hasn’t been easy and on the journey he has learned a lot of lessons on how politics works. A member of the Independent Party, he sought their endorsement, received it, and then had to go out and get signatures on his petition. But there is more to the story.
Mr. Kelly said, “I needed 350 signatures for the Independent Party, and 2,000 for the Democrats [who initially asked him to run as their candidate].”
The East Norwich Civic Association has withdrawn their application for landmark status for the Community Methodist Church. In an Aug. 10 letter to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Matthew T. Meng, president of the ENCA said, “Having met with the East Norwich Civic Association officers and directors and consulted with many members of the community, and having the entire ENCA board approval, we respectfully requested that the landmark status application we submitted be withdrawn.” He said the reason was because, “The Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich does not want to pursue the landmark status at this time.”
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