The Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Canteen Dance held at the East Woods School on June 6, seems to have struck a chord with a great many people. The community responded to the event, chaired by Francis Leone, with great enthusiasm. They must have somehow known the music was going to be wonderful and when the moment came to get onto the dance floor, there was no hesitating. Their feet were made for dancing!
Veterans of WWII will be participating in a roundtable discussion of their war experiences on Sunday, June 28, at 2 p.m. in the Oyster Bay Community Center. It is the second event sponsored by the Oyster Bay Historical Society commemorating the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, June , 1944. It was the battle that carried the allied forces across the English Channel to land on French shores in the fight that was to end WWII.
The hamlet of Oyster Bay is getting some streetscape improvements. “An old-fashioned high wheel bike will be diplayed at Buckingham’s Variety store. I actually found it online but bought it through the Visentin Bike Shop on Pine Hollow Road. I wanted to keep it local,” said Walter Imperatore of Renaissance Properties. “I ordered it and picked it up on Wednesday, June 10, and put it in Buckingham’s. It will be displayed outside on Audrey Avenue.”
Superintendent of Business Christopher Van Cott reported that Moody’s has upgraded the district’s bond rating from AA3 to AA2. The result is the district was able to save $45,000 on refinancing. The reason he said is that over the last six to seven years the district has maintained fund reserves, an action looked on with favor by Moody’s.
The evening is also a great time to meet their recently appointed Director of Development William R. Bell. Like everyone involved in the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum – he too was born a rail fan.
Fran Leone, Canteen-Dance chair, returned from visiting the Atlantic Steamer Firehouse to give out information about the canteen dance. They are hoping for a big turnout for the event which is a part of the new exhibit at the Oyster Bay Historical Society dedicated to Oyster Bay war veterans. “I think it’s a good cause – to celebrate our veterans. They gave a lot for us. They put their necks out for us,” said Ms. Leone. “The East Woods School has donated the use of their gymnasium for the cause.”
This year Oyster Bay Civic Association President Bill Von Novak presented the first scholarship for the Joint Civics to Sara Kenn, the daughter of Mary and Norman Kenn. She is the class of 2009 Salutatorian and is going to Binghamton College. Mr. Von Novak made the presentation to the Oyster Bay High School senior at an awards night on May 28, in the Performing Arts Center. Funding for the scholarship was raised at the first Joint Civic gala last year.
On April 22 the DEC announced that its waterfront access program was complete and open to the public. Things are also evolving on the south side of West End Avenue.
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