Ben Jankowski, Oyster Bay Railroad Museum board chair is “the man with the plan.” The museum board has produced a new business plan, available in pdf form for you to download. “Everything is ready to tell people what our business plan is,” said Mr. Jankowski. “It’s the result of many variations on plans for the hamlet over the years. This is our most comprehensive plan,” he said.
The Oyster Bay East Norwich Board of Education officially kicked off the budget preparation season with the annual public budget forum on Tuesday, Feb. 15. The meeting was held in the Oyster Bay High School auditorium in anticipation of a large crowd. Turns out that there was standing room only as approximately 400 people jammed into the auditorium. Another 97 people watched the forum on their computers at home now that all Board of Education meetings are streamed live on the OBEN School District website (www.obenschools.org ).
NYS Senator Carl Marcellino showed he is a strong advocate for New York’s economic health as he spoke at a New York State budget hearing on Feb. 8, in Albany. Senator Marcellino was questioning Joseph Martens, the DEC Commissioner designate regarding conditional openings of shellfish beds.
Elizabeth Roosevelt shared not only her family’s history but her sense of humor at the opening of the new exhibit at the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center on Saturday, Feb. 12. It features many of the Roosevelt documents she donated to the society as well as an exhibit of drawings by Dan Christoffel.
Edmund Morris, best-selling author of the Theodore Roosevelt trilogy, will discuss his latest book at Christ Church Parish Hall in Oyster Bay on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 1:30 p.m. The event is hosted by Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in partnership with the Friends of Sagamore Hill and Eastern National.
Mr. Morris will read from his latest book Colonel Roosevelt and host a question and answer session. In addition, Mr. Morris will sign his book following the discussion. Copies of Colonel Roosevelt will be available for purchase. At the conclusion of the event, complimentary snacks and light refreshments will be available courtesy of the Friends of Sagamore Hill. Activities will conclude by 3:30 p.m. Information and directions to Christ Church can be found at www.christchurchoysterbay.org/ or by calling 922-4788.
The Oyster Bay High School PTSA is getting ready to host their annual Taste of the Gold Coast Gala. It is a night filled with food tastings from over 40 restaurants and sweet shops and includes wine tastings generously donated by Post Wines and Spirits in Syosset. To add to the excitement of the evening,
there is live music, raffles, silent auctions and a casino room.
The discussion of proposed cell phone antennas in the Community United Methodist Church steeple/bell tower by Verizon brought about a dozen people out to attend the East Norwich Civic Association meeting on Jan. 27. The civic group holds meetings 10 months a year in the church’s community room. The meeting was well attended in spite of the snow. Almost 20 residents attended.
The Oyster Bay Civic Association is doing something new. It is going to poll its members to find out what local residents would like to see happen at Snouder’s Corner Drugstore. Previously the OBCA’s stance was to wait until “all the facts were in” before taking a poll of members views on an issue.
Jerelyn Hanrahan is an artist with a sense of humor. She is also an artist who creates both large and small scale projects. You are part of her current public art project, to create a series of graduated pearls that will become a “string of pearls” forming a bench, at Theodore Roosevelt Beach to be temporarily located in the area from the concession stand to the flagpole. People will be able to see them from about Memorial Day to the Oyster Festival, said Tracy Dellomo, Main Street Association economic restructuring committee chair.
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