Building J at Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront is again up and running as the Ida May Project builds the 40-passenger oyster boat that will be operated by the WaterFront Center. The Ida May Project of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building.
Bill Shephard, Herb Scheirhorst, President Clint Smith and Project Manager Hank Tiska were there on a recent Thursday. Smith had left at around 2 p.m. to get a part he had at home they needed to fix the tractor they use to move the logs they cut to size in their saw mill. Fixing their equipment and cutting logs are some of the many projects that encompass the work.
If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.
The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.
“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.
Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.
To celebrate the centennial of both the Cape Cod and Panama Canals, local resident Elizabeth Roosevelt delivered a special illustrated lecture on the subject at the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center on Friday, Aug. 8. The former Oyster Bay High School teacher discussed the importance of the two canals to the United States and to the shipping industry .
The two canals, which were both officially opened in 1914, have had many ships pass through them over the years.
Right now, Oyster Bay is in bloom. From the well-tended gardens of Planting Fields to unmowed patches near the Shu Swamp preserve, flowers are not just beautify our community, they also are calling out to us to bring them inside our homes to add color and fragrance. You don’t hear them? Trust me, the flowers in your garden are even calling you by name.
But don’t just stuff a bouquet in a vase. Make them look as good and last as long as possible. To find out how to do that, as well as how to improve your backyard flora, I asked Scott Lucas, the greenhouse supervisor of Old Westbury Gardens for some advice. He invited to join him in his cutting garden.
Oyster Bay celebrated National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5 by incorporating the event with the weekly Cruise Night. Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) attended the annual event, to honor and thank the local police department for their outstanding commitment to the community and its safety.
The Second Precinct was well represented at the Tuesday evening Cruise Night on Audrey Avenue in Oyster Bay. In addition to an antique police car, there were two policemen and two police explorers.
The start of school is only a month away and school district officials are busy getting everything ready for the return of students in September. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher Van Cott gave a facilities update at the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 5.
In the high school the new bathroom reconstruction project is almost completed, as is the exterior masonry restoration project. The three main doors to the school building have also been worked on, giving them a fresh new look.
Representatives of the Town of Oyster Bay and the Oyster Bay Historic Preservation Roundtable have announced a preliminary agreement towards the preservation of the Mill Pond House, a town landmark on West Shore Drive.
The Mill Pond House, damaged this spring in two separate fires, will be offered for sale to the public under covenants that ensure its restoration to the strict standards of the United States Secretary of the Interior. In exchange, the town will work with the purchaser to allow flexibility in developing the remainder of the property’s acreage, to ensure its economic viability.
Sea Cliff-based band Dijon will take the stage on Bayville’s West Harbor Memorial Park on Friday, Aug. 8 as part of the weekly Music Under the Stars concert series, from 8 to 10 p.m. With their music careers on the rise, Dijon’s hard sound, good reputation, and passion to perform ensure that they will provide one of Bayville’s highest energy shows of the series.
Lead vocalist Chris Dijon, along with his brothers Max and Damian Ross on guitar and drums, respectively, plus bassist Simon Janusas and guitarist Carl Ferrara, have had a busy summer and are looking forward to playing a venue is that close to home, yet not too close.
LI DOG, the Long Island Dog Owner’s Group, is a not-for-profit organization championing the cause of the canine in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and it’s mission is to get the island’s four-legged friends the rights their passionate owners believe are owned to them.
LI DOG board member Peggy Heijmen of Oyster Bay said at the group’s recent meeting at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library that, as a whole, Long Island is a very unfriendly environment to own a dog in terms of outdoor areas that they are allowed to access. This holds especially true compared to other areas of the nation and even New York State, she said, where dog parks and on-leash access are far more common.
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