A hint of spring was in the air on Saturday, March 5, when the volunteers and young railroad fans of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum gathered at the display yard on Bay Avenue to begin the first work session of the new season. The task at hand was the laying of new railroad ties on the historic turntable, a project that has been years in the making.
The goal is to have the turntable fully operational by the beginning of summer. Under the able leadership of Shop Committee heads and board members Gary Farkash and Steve Torborg, it will be accomplished.
It’s gone now. The back walls of the Oyster Bay Jewish Center are newly white. You would never know they had been covered in graffiti. The whitewashing took place on Sunday morning, March 20, as teens wielding long handled paint rollers covered graffiti laden walls first with a surprisingly good primer and 15 minutes later with paint purchased at Bernstein’s Home Center.
Rabbi Marvin Demant was pleased with the number of young people who came to clean up what is believed was the work of another young person, still to be identified.
Is there a possibility that the two Oyster Bay Fire Companies might merge? Oyster Bay Fire Company #1 Chief Anthony De Carolis said, “It’s certainly possible.” He said, “The question came up in the wrong venue, at town hall during a hearing for the town board to certify us as a not-for-profit entity for tax exempt status for a loan to acquire property. Attorney Peter McKinnon representing Cove Neck Mayor Tom Zoller and Oyster Bay Cove Mayor Rosemary Bourne wanted this hearing put on hold to have it reviewed.”
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich School board members are still considering what the budget they will present to voters on May 17 will be. The journey to the “right” figure is still being considered. At the March 15 board meeting Dr. Phyllis Harrington adjusted her last budget, in response to the community’s comments, maintaining the position of assistant principal and reducing the number of teachers being eliminated to three, to retain small classes in the Roosevelt Elementary School. Small classes are considered very important in elementary school.
Stephanie Murdock is a 2005 graduate of OBHS. She moved to Osaka, Japan in February 2011 and is working as an English teacher there. Here, she describes her experience of the past weeks’ events in Osaka and the perspective of an American in Japan.
On Friday March 11, as the largest earthquake in 150 years struck off the coast, north of Tokyo, I was on the tram in Osaka. I was reading the news on my phone, and missed the event going on around me. I didn’t notice any additional shaking on the tram and the people around me had no reaction. Later, to my surprise, I received a text,
“Did you feel the little earthquake about 10 minutes ago?”
In several of their meetings the East Norwich Civic Association has been discussing the Saratoga Associates master plan for all Nassau County preserves, using the Muttontown Preserve as the example. At their Feb. 24 meeting, President Matt Meng said the ENCA was sending a letter to SA that included seven suggestions for the plan.
The North Shore Land Alliance signed a contract with the family of Dr. James Trousdell to purchase the 2-plus acre parcel located at the corner of East Main Street and Sandy Hill Road in Oyster Bay on Monday, March 7. The property holds a historic circa 1845 “summer” house, the lovely stone remains of a barn, and a small garage. The sale attracted a number of developers who planned to tear the house down and replace it with a development of up to five new houses.
Dr. Phyllis Harrington said at the Tuesday, March 1 Oyster Bay-East Norwich board of education meeting that she was pleased that 97 people watched the Budget Forum broadcast live from their Internet site obenschools.org on Tuesday, Feb. 15. She added that she would like the reverse – that even more came in person, as she welcomed a large audience in the OBHS library.
She said the goal of this second budget meeting was to follow up on the questions of the previous meetings. “We want you to be as informed as possible,” she said.
In recognition of his service to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich community, the East Norwich Civic Association plans to present a plaque to Jack Libert, Esq., formerly the Town of Oyster Bay Commissioner of Public Works, as well as Commissioner of Planning and Development. Mr. Libert, an Oyster Bay resident, recently retired from the Town and has returned to practice law with the Mineola law firm at which he was previously a founding partner, Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo, Cohn & Terrana. He is now Counsel in the Firm’s Real Estate department. His area of concentration is co-op and condominium offerings, finance, administrative law, zoning law, land use planning and related litigation.
Edmund Morris, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the 1979 book The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, and its much lauded sequel in 2002, Theodore Rex, returned to Oyster Bay on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Christ Church Community Room to speak with eloquence about his recently published and final volume on TR, Colonel Roosevelt (Random House).
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