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Grow Grass That’s Good for the Bay

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 12 February 2010 00:00
Friends of the Bay Lecture on Sustainability Gardening

If it’s true that the grass is always greener in another man’s lawn, it also means he is probably using too much fertilizer.

Here in suburbia, where grass is king, homeowners are always interested in a better way to go green. Wednesday, Feb. 3, Friends of the Bay provided some of the answers as George Thompson of Dodds & Eder; and Neil Lewis and Beth Fiteni of Sustainability Institute at Molloy College (and the Long Island Neighborhood Network) talked about environmentally responsible and sustainable gardening techniques, including how to have a beautiful garden and protect water quality at the same time. The meeting was held in the FOB offices at 2 Townsend Square. It was fitting that the talk was sponsored by FOB since fertilizers are a source of pollution in the bay.


Roosevelt School Transparency In Using New Teaching Methods

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 12 February 2010 00:00
OB-EN School Board Meets, Greets, Listens and Responds

Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Gina Faust hosted the Feb. 2 board of education meeting in the school’s cafeteria. The room does double duty as its auditorium. Parents, teachers and members of the community were treated to a SmartBOARD presentation on how the school teaches social/emotional learning, and spelling and grammar that are taught using the newest technologies. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Phyllis Harrington said, at the conclusion of that portion of the meeting, “We have districts from all over Long Island and Westchester asking to come tour the school.” The district has partnered with the Columbia College School of Education to bring the latest tools for teaching to enhance learning.

Dr. Harrington told the audience that the Nassau Suffolk School Board Association for Long Island is encouraging a handwritten letter campaign to Albany on the state budget on the issue of aid to education in a more equitable and appropriate manner that is consistent with the true cost of education on Long Island. Their slogan is One Island – One Voice, from Oyster Ponds to Oyster Bay. The board agreed to the idea which they will share with the PTA to get parents and community members to write the letters.


Avianca Flight 52 Survivors Thank Responders

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 05 February 2010 00:00

St. Dominic R.C. Church hosted an Avianca Flight 52 reunion, 20 years after the crash of the plane in Cove Neck. Father Kevin Smith, pastor of St. Dominic’s, called the landing of the Avianca plane - a miracle on the hill. “It landed in one of the most unpopulated areas on Long Island and no one on the ground was killed. It was a miracle on the hill,” he said. Another miracle is that Father Smith was at the site. “I remember the children, their voices and cries,” he said.


Pierre Brandt: An OB Treasure

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 05 February 2010 00:00

Oyster Bay has a very special treasure in Pierre Brandt, wood carver extraordinaire. You may have seen his work during December when he was installed in a corner of Dodds & Eder, displaying and demonstrating his wood-carving techniques. He has set up his corner with his carvings on display for the past seven years.


TR Park Committee Re-Constituted By Oyster Bay Civic Association

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 29 January 2010 00:00
The Oyster Bay Civic Association has re-constituted their Theodore Roosevelt Park Committee. It was originally formed when Marie Knight was president and was created because of concerns that the park was deteriorating. Members of that original committee included Fran Leone and Charles Doering.

Matthew Meng, Michael Montesano to Face Off in February 9 Special Election

Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 29 January 2010 00:00

15th Assembly District Seat Up for Grabs

The 15th Assembly District (A.D.) is up for grabs with Democrat Matt Meng of East Norwich and Republican Michael Montesano of Glen Head scheduled to face off in a special election on Feb. 9.


TRA Exhibit on TR and Horses Brings TRA Members Together

Written by D. F. Karppi Friday, 22 January 2010 00:00

TR and the Horse: Comrades in Arms, Friends in Life, the Exhibit at TRA HQ in OB

Theodore Roosevelt still has the capability of drawing a crowd, as evidenced at the recent exhibit at the TRA headquarters in Oyster Bay. The Theodore Roosevelt Association opened its premier exhibition, TR and the Horse: Comrades in Arms, Friends in Life, on Jan. 9, to a full house. The exhibition centers on Roosevelt’s enduring devotion to his horses and how they played such a central role in his life. Three artists—Dan Christoffel, Alecia Barry Underhill, and Jocelyn Sandor Urban—were inspired to create art portraying Roosevelt’s favorite horses: Little Texas, Bleistein, and Manitou.

Comedy for a Cause January 22 Benefits Firefighter Gary Wessel

Friday, 22 January 2010 00:00

Beat the winter blahs and join your neighbors at a night of comedy hosted by one of “America’s Funniest People” – Harry Freedman of East Norwich. The fundraiser takes place on Friday, Jan. 22 starting at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at the Oyster Bay High School Performing Arts Center. Proceeds will benefit PAC member East Norwich Volunteer Firefighter Gary Wessel, who is recovering from the effects of a brain aneurysm suffered on June 11, 2009.


Big Promises After Big Win From NC GOP Legislators

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 15 January 2010 00:00

Assure Lower Costs, Same Service, No New Taxes at Inauguration

The ticket that County Executive Edward P. Mangano rode to victory was the same one that Republican candidates used in Nassau County to regain a majority in the legislature this November – lower spending, fees and taxes.

TOB Inducts Elected Officials

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 15 January 2010 00:00

Venditto Inducted as the 59th Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor

The Town of Oyster Bay held their induction ceremony at 2 p.m. on Jan. 5, in the hearing room, an hour after the first meeting of 2010. John Venditto was inducted into office as the 59th Oyster Bay Town Supervisor.

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