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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?

Oyster Festival 2009 Promises to Be Great Community Event

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 04 September 2009 00:00
A perfect way to tell the story of this year’s Oyster Festival 2009 is to look at the photograph taken at the conclusion of the Oyster Festival Preview press conference on Aug. 25, and note the movers and shakers lined up along the sea wall. They are the people bringing you the 26th annual Oyster Fest, that will take place Oct. 17 and 18.

Images of Oyster Bay Available August 31

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00

OB Town Historian Documents Past of Oyster Bay Through Photographs

John Hammond, Oyster Bay town historian, has written another book featuring Oyster Bay. This one, Images of Oyster Bay, is a photographic history of the village and is a must for local residents. The book will surely be a regular source of information and pleasure as you read it, and learn about the history of this lovely area.

Oyster Fest 26 Goes High Tech October 17 and 18: Fun Returns

Written by D. F. Karppi Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00

The Western Waterfront Goes Western!

Here it comes again! The largest waterfront festival on the East Coast – with over 200,000 visitors: the 26th annual Oyster Festival to be held Oct. 17 and 18 is using the tools of the Internet – Twitter and Facebook. The fun was announced at a sneak-peek press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 25.


Town Waiting to Hear From Groups on Creating a New Field at TR Park

Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00
Bob Santos of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Athletic Association has been spearheading the search for fields needed for the many local children involved in sports. Today, added to the old standbys of football, softball and soccer, lacrosse has been added. Today, girls get the same athletic opportunities as boys – including scholarships. Additionally some sports run for more than one season, adding to the need for fields which has expanded over the years.

Work on Octagon Hotel Restoration Begins

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00
Things are looking up for the Octagon Hotel – both literally and figuratively. Lou Baldino, architect for the Octagon House restoration, said he and the owner have found and hired a shoring company to brace up the whole building. “There is a lot of work going on at the first floor. The Oyster Bay Main Street Association hired an outside engineer and we are trying to implement that plan. Hopefully it will succeed. If not, we will look to replace the foundation; now we are trying to preserve it. The chances are we can re-build the building. I’m there two to three times a day. I’m the Clerk of the Works as well as the designer of the project. It will be the centerpiece of the hamlet. It will be a great anchor for the town,” he said.

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