Twenty years in the making and just published by Alfred A. Knopf, the book tells a fascinating tale of the legendary architectural firm that flourished at the turn of the last century. The scrupulously indexed 581-page history goes well beyond the firm’s celebrated turn of the century achievement on Long Island and in New York. It delves deeply into the storied lives of the architects and their circle of wealthy clients.
The Earle-Wightman House at 20 Summit Street, headquarters of the Oyster Bay Historical Society, is in line for a roof repair. It is especially critical after the blizzard that started Sunday afternoon, Dec. 26. “On Sunday afternoon when it started to snow I went into the house to make sure everything was covered with plastic in case the snow got in. We did that last year. On Monday I came in to work and looked into the attic and there was a little snow but not as much as the year before. The town was very responsive and came right over to look at it. I’m concerned that the weather will delay the repair but it is critical that it must be done,” said Oyster Bay Historical Executive Director Phil Blocklyn.
Barbara Minerd is eager for you to donate to the Oyster Bay Railroad Musem, and for a very personal reason. “My father, Penn Minerd spent his life building an N-Gauge railroad. My mother Jane, 90, donated it to the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum,” she said.
The Theodore Roosevelt Association is moving to a new office in Oyster Bay. It has also gained a new–free office in New York City. Terry Brown, TRA executive director said, “Please note that the TRA will be transitioning its current offices over the next two months. By March 1, it will be located in a two office suite at 50 Audrey Avenue in Oyster Bay. It will also maintain the P.O. Box (719) in Oyster Bay as its primary mailing address.”
A press release was sent out announcing, “Now that the final resting place of the Teddy Roosevelt statue has been completed on the corner of South Street and Berry Hill Road in Oyster Bay many residents and businesses in the Pine Hollow area have shown some great concerns and ideas pertaining as to what could be done to improve the appearance of this great hamlet of Oyster Bay.
“Several months ago some residents had looked into the idea of restarting an association called The Pine Hollow Businessmen Association which started in March of 1985. We have been already meeting at the Italian-American Club on a monthly basis,” said Lou Varrichio, a 40-year businessman in the Pine Hollow area. “We have found out that our concerns are common among each other. Concerns such as clean street, possible new sidewalks and nicely landscaped common areas.”
He added, “We are looking forward to hearing from those who wish to get involved - since this town is your town and we need everybody’s thoughts and ideas to accomplish what everybody sees every day.”
The next meeting will take place toward the end of January so everyone can enjoy the holidays. “For those who have any questions please feel free to call George Melillo at 922-2222 and we will be happy to help,” said Mr. Varrichio.
Frank Genovese and Eugene King were in Snouder’s Corner Drugstore on South Street in Oyster Bay, on Thursday morning, Dec. 9, behind the pharmacy counter where customers always saw them. The shelves of the drug store were bare and men were clearing out the final items from the store. Liquidators had been there earlier in the week.
If you are walking along West Main Street, you might notice metal scaffolding at number 20. Raynham Hall Museum is in the process of having its roof repaired. The need for the repair was made clear by a leak that was discovered when part of the ceiling bulged with water and fell into the nursery on the second floor of the Victorian portion of the historic house museum earlier this year.
Luckily, the museum staff had already spotted the ceiling bulge and antique furniture was removed before the plaster fell.
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.
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