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Historic Jakobson-Built Tug Cornell Returns for Annual Oyster Fest

Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00

One afternoon 50 years ago, give or take a few weeks, a group of managers and workers from Jakobson Shipyard sailed four brand new tugboats to Manhattan. The tugs were state of the art for their day, boasting among other features a new diesel-electric hybrid power system developed by General Motors. As the tugs bobbed proudly in front of the New York skyline, a GM photographer snapped their picture for posterity.

A GM publicity executive dubbed the tugboat foursome, rather grandly, The Four Aces, and sent the photo out to newspapers, magazines and other media outlets around the world. The tugs were custom-built for Lehigh Valley Railroad, and four Lehigh execs took ownership of the new vessels that day - then ordered two more tugs from delighted Jakobson officials.

 

War Stories Precede Opening of New Oyster Bay at War Exhibit

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 02 October 2009 00:00
The Oyster Bay Historical Society completed the third event in their new focus, Oyster Bay at War, a roundtable discussion held on June 28 at the Oyster Bay Community Center. The first event in the series was the Canteen Dance held on June 6, the 65th anniversary of D-Day; the second was the roundtable discussion, and the third, the opening of the exhibit at the Earl Wightman House, the headquarters of the society. The fourth and final part of the series will be the publication of the summer edition of The Freeholder, dedicated to the stories of Oyster Bay Veterans of World War II.
 

Main Street Association Looks at 10 Years of Hamlet Revitalization

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 02 October 2009 00:00
The Oyster Bay Main Street Association members and friends gathered for their annual meeting on Sept. 15 to celebrate 10 years of improvements in the Oyster Bay hamlet. There was good news – of work the MSA has done, thanks to retiring board members, praise for local businesses that have restored their own sites, and the announcement of a $200,000 grant from the New York Main Street program that the MSA is administering.
 

At OBCA Forum Public Questions Plans for Sports Fields at Theodore Roosevelt Park

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 25 September 2009 00:00
The Oyster Bay Civic Association invited people involved in the multi-use athletic fields proposed for Theodore Roosevelt Park to come and talk to members about the project. Matt Russo, Town of Oyster Bay chief engineer; Andrew Galgano representing the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Youth Athletic Association, and Jack Libert, Town Commissioner of Public Works, were the speakers. The meeting, held on Sept. 17 at the Italian-American Club, allowed people to question the proposal.

Andrew Galgano of the OB-EN YAA said their search for fields started three years ago asking the town to use SEA Fund money. Supervisor John Venditto said he was willing to help the group.

 

Tom Ross: OB Is Part of TR’s Sagamore Hill Story

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 25 September 2009 00:00

New Brochure Illustrates Eight Sites and Five TR Memorials in the OB Hamlet

The hamlet of Oyster Bay will have an increased role in representing the historic figure of Theodore Roosevelt to the public in 2011 when Sagamore Hill mansion is closed for renovations for approximately two years.

Sagamore Hill National Historic Park Supervisor Thomas Ross introduced himself to listeners at the Main Street Association annual meeting on Sept. 15 as a former downtown planner. That background will come in handy as he plans for the future of Sagamore Hill which includes the house’s closing for a two-year renovation in 2011. He said he has worked with MSA when they were creating their original historic map that includes a painting of Sagamore Hill mansion.

 

William J. McKay Experiences 9/11 Playing a Fire Chief Eulogizing 9/11

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 18 September 2009 00:00
Oyster Bay actor William J. McKay spent Friday, Sept. 11, at the prestigious Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor performing in The Guys by Anne Nelson. The beautifully crafted two-actor play explores the firefighters’ lives lost in the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.

Paralyzed by grief and unable to put his thoughts into words, Nick, a fire captain, seeks out the help of a writer to compose eulogies for the colleagues and friends he lost in the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001. As Joan, an editor by trade, draws Nick out, “the guys” powerful profiles emerge revealing what ordinary people can do in extraordinary circumstances.

 

OB September 11 Memorial Has Day of Remembrance

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 18 September 2009 00:00
Doubleday Babcock Senior Center held a remembrance of the September 11, 2001 attack on the Twin Towers, to honor all those who perished at the hands of the terrorists. It was also to praise the heroic men and women who died trying to help others, in the crash of the buildings; as well as to honor the volunteers who risked their health in the search and rescue and clean up operations on the site.

David McLaughlin, board member of the WaterFront Center, helped in the arrangements and said the memorial garden is re-planted for the fall season. He was at the new WaterFront Center building setting up the chairs and the flowers around the dais for the event.

 

Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District Encourages Community Involvement

Written by Jessica M. Semins Friday, 11 September 2009 00:00
“We’re ready to hit the ground running instructionally,” said Dr. Harrington at the Sept. 1 board of education meeting commencing her sixth year as superintendent of the district. Teachers, administrators and department heads met on Sept. 1 to discuss a number of topics as prelude to the start of the 2009-2010 school year.
 

Planting Fields, KJL and Chocolate Exhibits Open Through September

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 11 September 2009 00:00

Events Like Pancake and Magic, Sept. 13, Enhance Exhibits at Coe Hall

Henry Joyce, Planting Fields Foundation executive director, was basking in the success of his Thursday night Strummin’ and Drummin’ event as he welcomed guests on Friday, Aug. 14 to his Chocolate Fondue & Champagne reception. “There were over 200 people here last night. It was such a family event. It was a musical and because of the muggy weather we held it in the air conditioned Visitor’s Center,” he said.
 

ENCA Open Forum Discusses Proposed Fields Impact on Fest

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 04 September 2009 00:00

Community Seeks Solution to Solve One Problem Without Creating Another

The proposal for a multisports field at Theodore Roosevelt Park is impacting the community. It takes away 73 parking spaces that are used for the recreational area. It may impact the future of the Oyster Festival. They are jockeying for the same space in the park – the large parking lot off Larrabee Avenue. Since Rotary took over running the festival, it has located the Food Court in the large TR Park lot. With from 25 to 30 non-profit groups selling food, rows of benches for visitors to sit and eat their purchases, and with a center area for sponsors who fund the infrastructure of the festival that site is important. The town also proposes to renovate Firemen’s Field which will alter the layout of the lot and will impact the Oyster Festival carnival that uses that space. If the festival loses those areas, where will they put them to retain the current fundraising opportunities for local nonprofits?
 

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