Approaching New Year’s Eve, many people might have feared starting 2011 with a hangover, but for County Executive Edward P. Mangano, it was the prospect of a takeover, of the county’s finances by New York State agency Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) on Jan. 1, that became very real.
The Roosevelts of Oyster Bay are more than just TR. That will become evident as people view the new exhibit that will open Feb. 12 at the new Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center grand opening. The exhibit is called, The Roosevelts Next Door, Portraits of Devotion, and will feature longtime OBHS board member Elizabeth Roosevelt’s family papers. She presented the collection to OBHS Curator Yvonne Noonan-Cifarelli and Executive Director Phil Blocklyn at a preliminary visit to talk about some representative material from the collection she had showed them earlier, saying that there was more at her house. “Yvonne and I met at her house in November 2010 and that was when she presented us with a box containing the papers and said she was donating them to us. We have been studying the material since then,” said Phil Blocklyn.
Doubleday Babcock Senior Center is going through a mid-life crisis: it is changing its name to the Life Enrichment Center and is broadening its scope. It is remaining the same, with daytime services for seniors; as well as the DayBreak Program for frail and handicapped seniors [and others]; but they are adding an “After Hours” program for ages 50+.
‘Twas the week before Christmas
and all through the town,
the elves were scurrying to make the countdown.
The gifts were arriving, by truck and by train,
to fill every stocking with no room to remain.
The children awaited his visit with glee,
then Santa Claus appeared by
the sparkling Christmas tree.
He passed out gifts to the kids so excited...
See what happens when we all stand united.
Festive spirits, Christmas carols and some very good food was the norm at the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party on Tuesday, Dec. 21. The Mineola Choral Society sang Christmas carols and the Village of Mineola’s new mayor, Larry Werther, was introduced to the chamber.
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.
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