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Music And Maritime Heritage In Oyster Bay

Written by Jamie Deming Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.


St. Rocco’s A Success

Written by Mary Awad, Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Swinging And Swaying In Oyster Bay

Written by Mary Awad, Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:18

One of Oyster Bay’s newest summer traditions is Dancing in the Street, which takes place every Friday in July at the gazebo in town. Sponsored by the Oyster Bay Main Street Association, half of Audrey Avenue is closed off and a DJ is called in for a great night of community dancing from 7-9 p.m.

“This is a great tradition and a beautiful town,” said visitor Michaela Lachance from Cooperstown, NY. “Everyone is having a wonderful time.”


Kennedy Runs For Senate

Written by Jill Nossa, Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00

Last week, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy officially announced his candidacy for New York State’s 5th Senate District. The previous week, he became a Democrat after being ousted by the Nassau GOP as a Republican Assembly Candidate for implementing New York’s Marriage Equality Law and officiating same sex weddings.

“This is about being a public servant,” Kennedy said. “I took an oath to uphold the constitution and the laws of the State of New York.”  


An Example Of Small Town America

Written by Enterprise-Pilot Staff, Saturday, 19 July 2014 00:00
You may not actually see who is leaving books and magazines for the commuters at the Locust Valley Train Station, but those who have nicknamed these delightful and dedicated women the “Book Ladies.”

Sue Klein and Joan McCauley, who are Friends of the Library, have been collecting donated books from the community and displaying them at the Long Island Railroad waiting area every week. The Book Ladies have also displayed Locust Valley Library programs so that commuters are aware of all the wonderful events that are going on.  


Changes To School Board

Written by Gary Simeone, Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00

There will be a different look to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education come September. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher Van Cott is leaving his position to take a similar role in the Oceanside School District. He is following in the footsteps of past OBEN School Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Harrington, who also left to take a similar position in Oceanside last year. The district will begin their search for a replacement for Van Cott this summer.


Father Gerry Leaves St. Dom’s

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi, Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

Parishioners of St. Dominic Church said farewell to a well-loved priest, Father Gerry Gordon, at a reception in the Social Room, after he performed his last Mass on June 22. Father Gordon is bringing his skillset to a new parish, part of his life journey as a priest. While the loss of a cherished priest is the cost to St. Dominic’s, his new parish, St. Martin of Tours, benefits.

Beverly Zembko, an active member of the St. Dominic Parish explained that, “As Catholics, the parishioners of the Church of St. Dominic are aware of the great need for pastors and priests in our diocese. Bishop Murphy has determined that Father Gerry is needed at St. Martin of Tours in Amityville.


Community Band Returns To Its Roots

Written by Enterprise-Pilot Staff, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Community Band is returning to its historical roots in the village this summer. The location of the band’s Summer Lawn Concerts will be moved from their usual location in front of Oyster Bay High School a little further west on East Main Street.

Because of brick and sidewalk repair work to the high school, that venue is not available this season. Two neighboring churches have graciously offered their grounds for summer concerts, the First Presbyterian Church and Christ Church.

“Special thanks are due to, respectively, to Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Prey and Rev. Peter Casparian, for extending such warm welcomes,” says Stephen Walker, the band’s director.


Karate Students Receive Jedi Training

Written by Denise Trezza, Saturday, 12 July 2014 00:00

Oyster Bay Family Karate teaches

Star Wars-themed workshop

Recently, an eager group of young padawans (Jedi students) received a lesson in using their force wisely at Oyster Bay Family Karate. It was no surprise that the Star Wars training class was a hit amongst the kids, although owner Bobby Rekha says he wasn’t expecting the enthusiasm he received from the adults. “As soon as we put the sign up, I had adult kick boxers asking if they could come.”

Some had even hoped to wear costumes.


Music Festival Big Hit

Written by Gary Simeone, Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00

The Oyster Bay Music Festival has become a summer classic in the hamlet. Now in its third year, the festival, which ran from June 28 to July 6, had concert-goers reveling in the sounds of beautiful classical tunes from 34 talented young musicians from across Long Island and New York State. The week was filled with 14 public concerts, two open master classes, a concert just for children and two interactive musical workshops. In addition, the performers also held daily concerts for seniors at Day Break Adult Day Care and the Life Enrichment Center.

“We put on these concerts for two different reasons,” said Sarah Hoover, one of the directors of the music festival along with Pippa Borisy and Lauren Ausubel. “To create performance opportunities for talented young musicians who don’t spend a lot of time performing at public venues and to create a concert experience for people that is fun and less formal than your typical classical music concert.”


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