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.
Bayville Mayor Victoria Siegel was informed of the plan of the MTA to cut out their Able-Ride bus service on April 12 - when a resident faxed her a copy of a letter she had received from the MTA dated March 10.
Students from Oyster Bay and Hicksville are working together to hold the 1st Annual Soldiers Walk on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15. The walk will be held at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park Marina at the end of South Street, starting at 8 a.m. The Soldier’s Walk is to benefit America’s VetDogs, a nonprofit group that supplies service dogs to veterans.
Almost 100 people attended the meeting as Saratoga Associates kicked off their Master Planning process for Nassau County’s Muttontown Preserve in a community presentation held at Chelsea Mansion Saturday, March 20.
Murder was the driving force at the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum train yard, Friday, March 19. The closing scene of All God’s Creatures, an Indy film was being shot on location, inside the restored Ping Pong coach. The writer/actors Josh Folan and Adam Barnett; with actress Jessica Kaye; and a gallon of blood - were all coming together to create the finish of the film.
Listening to Alex Gallego, retiring president of the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce you are going to hear a lot of superlatives. Alex sees the positive side of life and it comes out as he talks. That was reflected in the Thursday, Feb. 28 induction ceremony held at The Homestead Restaurant. Mr. Gallego made sure that all the volunteers were acknowledged as he turned over the presidency to Michele Browner: Paige Dawson passed the vice presidency on to Carmine Pirolo.
The East Norwich Civic Association will host Sgt. Tony Larson, a veteran injured in Iraq, at their Thursday March 25 meeting. The event takes place at the Community Methodist Church of East Norwich at 7:45 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard has been chosen by Long Island Reads as its choice for a cooperative book event. Long Island Reads was established in 2002 to bring communities together through sharing the same book. This year, Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library is one of seven local libraries in Nassau County joining in the event which will be held on Thursday evening, April 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Matinecock Lodge 806, 14 West Main Street in Oyster Bay, which is entirely fitting, as it is the Masonic Lodge of which President Roosevelt was a member. The timing of the event is excellent as this year is also the anniversary of TR’s African Safari, said Theodore Roosevelt Association acting executive director Howard Ehrlich.
The March 2 meeting of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich school board was the second budget discussion for the district. Held at the Vernon School, OB-EN Assistant Superintendent for Business Christopher Van Cott talked about revenues to the district as part of the budget preparation process. All revenue sources offset the levy, not the expenditure budget, said Mr. Van Cott.
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