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Process Begins for Landmark Designation for Church and Inn

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00

The Oyster Bay Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 5-0 to accept the initial applications proposed by Matthew Meng to landmark the Maine Maid Inn in Jericho and the Community Methodist Church in East Norwich. The decisions were given during a hearing, held the evening of July 27 at town hall. The commission has 30 days during which to hold an official hearing on accepting the applications, after which they can recommend them to the town board as worthy of landmarking. The next step is for the town board to hold a public hearing before it makes its decision.


Muttontown Villagers Happy With New Police Department

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00

Village of Muttontown Deputy Mayor Carl-Jull Nielsen said of their new police force on Wednesday, July 27, “People have embraced it. We have very positive feedback from the residents. One recently said his alarm went off by accident at about 3 a.m. one morning and two officers arrived at the house in about three minutes.

“He was ecstatic, and is someone I have known in the village for 25 years.

“The general consensus is that traffic is slowing down on Route 106. It’s done with a police presence. There have been few tickets given out,” he added.


Dancing in the Street on Fridays at the Bandstand

Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00

Every Friday during August, you will be seeing Dancing In the Street, from 7 to 9 p.m., weather permitting, on Audrey Avenue at the Bandstand in Oyster Bay! The event is free; you just bring your dancing shoes, your friends, and general goodwill.

“We have been involved in organizing a new event - Dancing in the Street. Imagine a cool summer evening in Oyster Bay, with happy folks dancing around the historic bandstand on the no less historic Audrey Avenue. We will be there and we hope you will join us,” said Ewa Rumprecht, one of the organizers of the event and co-owner of the Think Long Island First store in Oyster Bay.


Judge Rules Against Redistricting Nassau County Legislature Until 2013

Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00

On Friday, July 22, Acting State Supreme Court Justice Steven Jaeger ruled against the plan by the Republican-controlled Nassau County Legislature to redistrict the Legislature for the 2011 elections. The judge said that, according to the Nassau County Charter, the redistricting must wait two more years.

The plan to redistrict the county’s 19 legislative districts was voted on and passed in the Legislature on May 24, along party lines, and the Democrats, in turn, filed a lawsuit against the plan. Presently, the Republicans hold an 11-8 majority in the Legislature.


After a Mako Shark - Terry Kelly Is Looking to Catch a Board Seat

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 22 July 2011 00:00

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. On Friday, June 24, he was out with buddies on a fishing trip. “I caught a 157 lb. mako shark off Montauk,” said Mr. Kelly. “I go a few times a year around now, in June or July. We were on board the Windy, a charter out of Montauk.”

Currently Mr. Kelly is concentrating on getting his petitions signed to get on the ballot. “I need 350 signatures for the Independence Party, and 2,000 for the Democrats.”


NIFA: Nassau County Needs A Real Financial Plan Now

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 22 July 2011 00:00

Rejects County Financial Plan, Comments on Coliseum

This winter, the state fiscal watchdog NIFA took over Nassau County’s finances. Now, six months into the “control period” this summer, the authority’s attitude has apparently been heating up to match the seasons.

Meeting July 14 at The Long Island Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uniondale, NIFA’s board of directors employed an impatient and chiding tone, delivering a clear message: Nassau County’s efforts to rectify what NIFA considers to be a financial disaster in the making are not good enough.


Red, White and Blue Celebration For Independence Day

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00

Just to remind Oyster Bay of its revolutionary roots, Raynham Museum staff members marched in the annual Fourth of July Parade dressed in authentic Colonial costumes. The house museum was the home of the Townsends, and General George Washington’s spy, Culper Jr., (really Robert Townsend). The museum played a big part in our Revolutionary War beginnings, including being taken over by the Queen’s Rangers during that war.  

Linking Oyster Bay’s past war with our present warriors, making their annual appearance in town were the Commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt and several crew members. Oyster Bay was the hamlet that donated items for the commissioning of the USS TR and there has remained a link between the ship and the hamlet ever since.


OB Landmarks Meeting July 27 for Church and Inn Preservation

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00

Maine Maid Inn and Methodist Church Are Up for Landmarks Designation

The Oyster Bay Landmarks Preservation Commission will hear two requests for landmark status at their Wednesday, July 27 meeting. Originally scheduled for May 18, the Town of Oyster Bay Landmarks Preservation Commission meeting has been re-scheduled several times, from Wednesday, May 25, then July 20 and now to July 27. Under consideration for landmarking are two sites along Route 106, the Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich - just off Route 25A, and the Maine Maid Inn - near Jericho Turnpike.

Surprises for the ENCA: ZBA Approvals, Denials

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00

The May and June meetings of the East Norwich Civic Association were parts of the same story – but with surprise endings. With a concentrated effort the ENCA members are getting results on their agenda items.

Woodstock Zoning Issues

Terrance Kelly of East Norwich attended the May meeting of the ENCA. He was amazed to see that the same topic of the Woodstock zoning violations was still on the agenda. “In 2011, it was the same thing just seven years ago,” the last meeting he attended since opening his Northport business. He said he got involved with politics over the town tax increase of 3.5 percent. “It was unacceptable. I went to town hall and put them on the spot.”


Oyster Bay Community Band Needs Your Support Again

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00

Stephen V. Walker, director of the Oyster Bay Community Band, is seeking sponsors for this year’s performances at the Oyster Bay High School. The band will present three free lawn concerts in front of the Oyster Bay High School, starting at 8 p.m. on July 4, 13 and 20. In case of rain, they will perform in the OBHS auditorium.


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