The League of Women Voters asked questions of the four candidates for two seats on the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School Board on April 27 in the PAC center.
Some questions overlapped as did answers resulting in repetition, therefore not all the comments are here, in spite of the length of this report. Overall, those in attendance learned a little more about the four people willing to serve the district for the next four years on the school board.
Residents of the Village of Upper Brookville filled the Conference Center at Planting Fields Arboretum Historic State Park on April 19. They were there to hear their village Boards take on the events resulting from Muttontown Mayor Julianne Beckerman announcing her village was pulling out of their partnership with Upper Brookville and five other villages for the services of the Old Brookville Police Department. While the event was an Upper Brookville meeting, the topic kept coming back to Muttontown. In fact, several of the speakers were from Muttontown.
Tom Ross, superintendent of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, hosted a reception for the new exhibit at the Old Orchard Museum, Reclaimation: Sculpting History. “It’s a good fit for Sagamore Hill,” he said, “It’s like a play on words, we are reclaiming the cultural landscape here at Sagamore Hill. We are returning it to the way the Roosevelts knew it when they lived here; and the exhibit is using those organic natural materials for the RISD project. It is the re-use of the wood from the site that makes these works of art incredible. That shows the spirit and history of TR in Oyster Bay.”
Christine Humbert, PTA Council president, announced the date of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District Meet the Candidates Night, as Wednesday, April 29 at 8 p.m. in the PAC - the OBEN auditorium.
(Editor’s Note: Details were added by D.F. Karppi, Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot editor.)
What began as a contentious evening ended as one filled with compliments and a greater understanding of a recent governmental decision at the Muttontown Board Meeting at Village Hall on Tuesday night.
A new exciting event is in the works to bring visitors to Oyster Bay. A new Classics in Oyster Bay Day, Sunday, May 15 will take place the day after the annual Health Fair, Saturday, May 14.
Gerry Lalonde of the Sagamore Yacht Club made the announcement at the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce general meeting held on March 23 at Christ Church. He and Michael Gehrling are chairing the event. Mr. Lalonde said he went to the chamber for some assistance as his committee is creating a unique event for Oyster Bay.
As you read this, the decision will already have been made on Tuesday night, April 12, on the Oyster Bay-East Norwich school budget increase. (Visit obenschools.org to see the official figures.)
As the April 5 meeting ended, the board was polled to see how they viewed the newly proposed 3.94 percent budget increase that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Phyllis Harrington presented to them, reacting to community comments and the resignation of Dan Friedman, the supervisor of fine and performing arts and technology, which added some wiggle room. The 3.94 percent increase restored items to the budget and is up from the previous March 15 proposal of an increase of 3.69 percent.
The new exhibit Buffalo Bill, Wyoming and the Coe Family opened to rave reviews. It is a great blend of history, pop culture, local celebrity and interesting exhibits. Bring your camera and pose in front of a large photograph of the west; and have a snapshot of yourself seated on a Western saddle.
Many of the exhibits, including Buffalo Bill’s red wool embroidered shirt, his saddle, and a pair of beaded gauntlets are on loan from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center of Cody, Wyoming. The Planting Field Foundation owns the stunning Buffalo Bill bronze statue by Robert MacFie Scriver. Oyster Bay resident Harold Johnson loaned an autographed photograph of Buffalo Bill. There were some kitch items: Annie Oakley games and a lunch box that were found by Jennifer Lavella, Marketing and Special Events director, on ebay.
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.
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