The community showed its interest in the formation of the Friends of the Bay Watershed Action Plan for Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor area steering committee work as they attended the Dec. 1 meeting at the Oyster Bay High School library. The fact that many in the audience were new to the process made for a good result in sharing information and expertise. FOB Executive Director Patricia Aitken said, “The attendees at the Watershed Action Plan meeting have substantial expertise to share. There was representation from both the Towns of Oyster Bay and Huntington, local villages, government agencies, other organizations, and citizens. This is what Friends of the Bay had envisioned, that a plan would be developed that truly reflects what the community thinks.
Members of the Oyster Bay community came together in the Friends of the Bay office on the evening of Nov. 18 to review conceptual plans prepared by Cameron Engineering for the Mill Pond Overlook property. The plans were developed in consultation with an advisory committee which consisted of representatives from the Town Of Oyster Bay, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the North Shore Land Alliance and Friends of the Bay.
Michele Browner, Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce president welcomed guests to the Monday, Nov. 22 Light Up the Holidays event and thanked Wild Honey owners Tina and Rob. “They are open tonight just for us and it is Rob’s birthday,” she said. The party began in high spirits at the Chase Edwards Gallery and everyone strolled along East Main Street to Wild Honey for wine and passed hors d’oeuvres.
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 16 was interesting and worth attending for the scope of the budget discussion. It was early in the year to discuss the budget, but with the economy more and more affecting school districts it was a lesson in how the numbers are piling up on top of educational costs. There is a fallout from the economy itself, having nothing to do with the schools themselves – which is going to add to the tax burden.
The Oyster Bay Historical Society is pleased to announce the donation of a major collection of material relating the Roosevelt family’s participation in the American Civil War.
The Oyster Bay Historical Society is a repository of wonderful things. The member’s reception on Saturday, Nov. 6 for their new exhibit of a sketchbook featuring the Boat Life on the Sound: An 1859 Yachting Party was a peek into their fascinating collection.
A 75-year-old resident of Oyster Bay and living on a fixed income spoke before the Oyster Bay Town Board on Tuesday, Nov. 9, asking, “With a 3.5 percent tax increase from the town, I am being taxed out of my home. Is there another way to balance the budget?”
When I first started at Friends of the Bay, one of the aspects of the job that most attracted me was the leadership role Friends of the Bay was taking in urging the Town of Oyster Bay to acquire the Mill Pond Overlook Property. For those readers who may not have lived here then, or may not recall the circumstances, a developer proposed to construct a 68-unit senior housing complex on the property. I honestly have to say that out of all the people I spoke to regarding this possibility, the most common reaction was “oh no, how do we stop that?” As a long term resident, I have to agree that it would have been distressing to see the hill behind the pond destroyed, the trees removed, and the beautiful view of the Mill Pond gone. That was before I fully understood the negative consequences that these actions could have had on the water quality of the bay. After I began to understand the implications of development, it became even more important to me.
It was an exciting occasion on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m., when the doors opened for a cocktail reception, celebrating the Grand Opening of Billy Joel’s 20th Century Motorcycles. This by-invitation-only event afforded guests a sneak preview of his shop. Among the guests were County Executive Edward Mangano, and Congressman Peter King. Billy’s dog, a sweet-faced pug, named Sabrina was also present for the festivities.
The Friends of the Bay meeting to introduce the Watershed Action Plan for the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor watershed and estuary was presented to a full-house at the Oyster Bay High School Library on Oct. 12. Erik Mas and Dan Buttrick consultants from Fuss & O’Neill led the meeting after being introduced by FOB Executive Director Patricia Aitken.
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