There was a steady stream of visitors to the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum on Audrey Avenue the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9. Santa was there on Saturday, ready to be photographed by happy parents. Outside two white horses pulled a garlanded wooden wagon that carried about a dozen passengers each trip around the historic hamlet.
Numbers were given out to each group and at about 3:30 p.m. they were up to number 65. Each group had from two to six members so there was a goodly number of people who enjoyed the free ride around the historic hamlet.
This family-friendly celebration featured operating model railroads, hot cider, candy canes, cookies and raffle prizes. People traveled from across Loing Island to visit the museum. An added perk for visitors was the Billy Joel 21st Century Classics motorcycle exhibit across the street from the railroad museum.
In the wake of the horrific Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, CT, Oyster Bay area schools responded to students’ and parents’ concerns.
“It’s an unspeakable tragedy,” said Phyllis Harrington, superintendent for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District. “We feel a personal connection,” because she knows the superintendent of the school district where the shootings took place.
School administrators in Oyster Bay-East Norwich and Locust Valley are taking a multi-faceted approach: Maintaining a sense of normalcy, supporting students with stress or fears, and emphasizing security.Both districts posted information on their websites.
During the recent hurricane, tree-laden preserves have suffered damage. The trees felled by the natural disaster, however, are insignificant compared with the calculated cutting that has since taken place.
A month after Superstorm Sandy, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton said she was alarmed to hear that trimming crews were taking chainsaws to trees in two Nassau County preserves located in Glen Cove – Welwyn and Garvies Point.
When can you give a holiday present and do a good deed at the same time? You can when you purchase a marine print from the Ida May Project (IMP).
Artist Ken Marcell has created several prints for the IMP Corporation. Mr. Marcell worked as an industrial designer and an architectural illustrator. He is a Pratt Institute graduate. He grew up on Long Island and here, he developed his love of boats and sailing, naturally.
Currently Mr. Marcell divides his time between here, and living in Sterling, Massachusetts, just north of Wooster. “I grew up in Syosset and learned to sail in Oyster Bay, so this is a bit of a homecoming,” he said, seated in J Building on West End Avenue on the Western Waterfront — the former Jakobson Shipyard property. “I remember Jakobson’s Shipyard as a kid.
There is nothing lovelier than seeing a child’s eyes light up after opening up a gift wrapped holiday toy. Here in Oyster Bay, Carol and Randy Daub are continuing the tradition of making sure all children will have that experience despite what the family financial circumstances are at this time. As the chairs of the 2012 Holiday Toy Drive. Ms. Daub said, “We are gearing up to provide gifts/toys for a large number of children (ages birth - 14) that have been identified as children ‘in need’. We offer assistance only to families living in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich community. Let us not forget those less fortunate than ourselves. With your generous support, this tradition will continue.”
Michele Browner, Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce (OBENCC) president thanked guests for supporting their Light Up the Holidays fundraiser held at the Sagamore Yacht Club on Nov. 29. “Tonight a few snowflakes have gone up,” she said. Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs nodded her head and said she saw them coming down Pine Hollow Road. They were a welcoming sight after the power outages during Hurricane Sandy, which left a footprint on Long Island.
The north shore was lucky, said Ms. Browner, and that in spite of all the cleanup work the Town of Oyster Bay highway crews have been doing, they still devoted some time to the snowflakes. [That evening town workers were spotted cleaning up the remains of the tree that blocked Pine Hollow Road that was taken down by Sandy on Oct. 30.]
On Election Day, Nov. 6 another team showed up saying they heard they were hosting people. Rev. Prey told them, while they could help them, it might be nicer for them if they asked another group to host them, and they went to Christ Church. There the Rev. Peter Casparian hosted 12 of them. “It only seemed fair to let them each have adequate space to live, bathe and sleep. I don’t know why LIPA couldn’t find lodgings for them instead of letting them sleep in their trucks, out in the cold,” he said.
The OBHS is also opening their new exhibit: “Miniatures: Doll Houses, Little Rooms and Childhood Treasures” at the Koenig Center. Featured will be the model of the North Room of Sagamore Hill; a model of the two period rooms in the Earle-Wightman house; and a 1922 dollhouse that belonged to Polly Weeks of Oyster Bay that was donated by her daughter Ellen Nicoll who grew up here.
The owner who decided to move the New York Islanders off Long Island once its lease expires in June 2015 may play a role in filling the potential void left by the teams’ departure. County Executive Edward P. Mangano, developer Bruce Ratner, Isles owner Charles Wang and Don Monti of Renaissance Downtown think they have a plan in place to solve the developmental conundrum that is the Hub, which includes Nassau Coliseum.
The group announced a strategic “Reuse Plan” on Tuesday, Nov. 20 that reportedly will transform the Coliseum within the first half of 2013. Others have tried and failed where Ratner is venturing and the 77-acre site in Uniondale could become barren in three years once Wang departs for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Dr. John Yenchko, NSCC pastor said, “Since Hurricane Sandy’s devastating blast across Long Island, the NSCC was trying to do its small part to help in the recovery effort.
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