The Theodore Roosevelt Association held its annual public speaking contest on April 22. The contest is for high school students in Nassau County. The public speaking contest which is sponsored by the Friends of Sagamore Hill and the New York Community Bank is divided into two parts. The semi final competition is held over a two day period and the finals held in a single morning session. Both the semifinals and finals are held at the Old Orchard Museum on the grounds of scenic Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the home of Theodore Roosevelt in Oyster Bay, New York. This year 32 students participated in the contest which eventually was paired down to three prize winners.
The topic of TR’s health brought out a good number of people to the Christ Church parish hall to hear Mark J. Koziol, author, former Erie Canal Museum curator and presently a museum technician at Sagamore Hill recount “Theodore Roosevelt: His Life, Health and Death” of the 26th president. It was the second John Gable Lecture in the series sponsored by the Friends of Sagamore Hill on Tuesday, April 27. Gerry Alfani, chair of the lecture series, introduced the topic of presidential health by naming many presidents who served in less than excellent health. When it came to TR, he is famous for having battled asthma in his formative years.
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Caroline Millard was a great crowd pleaser as shown by the crowd of readers that filled the Matinecock Lodge downstairs dining room the evening of April 8. The book was chosen by Long Island Reads as its choice for a cooperative book event. The local event, North Shore Reads was co-sponsored this year by the Sea Cliff, Bayville, Bryant (Roslyn), Glen Cove, Gold Coast, Locust Valley, and Oyster Bay libraries that brought together readers who were instant friends – drawn together in their enthusiasm over the book.
The Hispanic Cultural Center [Centro Cultural Hispanic - CCH] staff has been working with their community to encourage them to take part in the 2010 census. Adolfo Zepeda, Hispanic Cultural Center program director said, “We recently met with our contact person with the census bureau and he said the areas we are working on in Oyster Bay, East Norwich and Bayville have one of the higher return rates on Long Island. We were more than happy to hear that since in the previous census this area had one of the least return rates on Long Island.”
After months of looking at the needs of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District for the term of 2010-2011, the board voted on April 6 to accept the final budget figure of $48,738,155. It means an increase of 2.89 percent over last year’s budget figure of $47,367,428. The budget-to-budget increase is $1,370,727.
“Is this not a great day to be a kid in Oyster Bay?” asked Bob Santos of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Youth Athletic Association (OB-ENYAA) as he opened the dedication ceremony for the Marino Fields on Saturday, April 10. He thanked every local group that partnered with them, and the town for making it happen. He asked for a moment of silence for OB-ENYAA board member Phil Robertson who he said was a key founder of the group.
Work is proceeding on the Brower House at the corner of East Main Street and White Street, evidence of what has been happening with work inspired by a Main Street Association of Oyster Bay’s use of a grant from the New York Main Street Grant program of the NYS Office of Community Renewal. The MSA has invested $200,000 in five projects. Goals of this program include taking actions to prevent dangers to public health and safety, to preserve historic properties in danger of being lost, to reduce blight and contribute to the economic recovery of the area, and to improve properties with a residential component.
As the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education deliberated its budget figures, it considered what the district needs were in terms of capital projects. They considered what was critical and had to be done and what could be held off. They decided to put the capital projects into a referendum on the ballot on May 18, asking the public to approve the use of the available Capital Reserve Fund – which can only be used for capital projects.
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