Everybody loves a parade, even when the occasion calls for bittersweet memories of those who served our country but didn’t make it back alive. Memorial Day, May 26, was a perfect day for the parade. It was sunny and the air was perfumed with the promise of summer. Hundreds of people, young and old, lined the streets of Oyster Bay. Waving flags, they sat with friends and family, eager to see their neighbors and children proudly marching. Service groups like the Boy Scouts, the Catholic Daughters, Girl Scouts, the Italian-American Club, Knights of Columbus, the Masonic Lodge, Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce, Oyster Bay Lions Club, US Coast Guard Auxiliary-Eaton’s Neck Division and more displayed their banners.
If you’ve driven by the old Mill Pond House off of West Main Street, you’ve probably noticed a big black, chain-link fence surrounding the property. The historic home, which was built in 1680 and recently ravaged by two fires, has seen additional security on its premises in the past few months and now is enclosed in an eight feet high chain-link fence. The $40,000 fence was installed in early May by Laser Industries of Ridge, according to Town of Oyster Bay officials.
“A permanent fence was built to deter encroachment onto the property,” says town spokesperson Kurt Ludwig. “We expect the new fence will do a good job of preventing any unauthorized persons from entering the property.”
East Norwich has a new pop-up store open now through July, called the At-Home-Gallery. It celebrates a partnership between an emerging artist, Jill S. Krutick, and Zia Zaman, owner of Heirloom, an antique European and Oriental rug showroom, which he recently relocated to Locust Valley. Shaman offered Krutick the use of his store located at 6306 Northern Blvd. near the intersection of Route 106, opposite Chas. Rothmann’s Steakhouse. The two have partnered before at art shows.
“The opportunity to partner again is because Zia moved to a new location at 21 The Plaza in Locust Valley in view of the LIRR station (he just had his grand opening last weekend). Zia invited me to do a solo exhibition in his East Norwich gallery until his lease expired. What an amazing opportunity,” said Krutick.
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District’s budget passed as a result of the election held on Tuesday, May 20. A total of 932 voters were in favor of the budget (Proposition #1), while 357 were opposed.
The other two propositions also passed: Expenditure of Capital Reserve Funds (Proposition #2) received 903 votes in favor and 301 opposed, and the Public Library Budget (Proposition #3) earned 951 “yes” votes to 238 “no” votes.
It’s an annual event that cuts across the Oyster Bay-East Norwich community and it was held on May 12. Every year the Interreligious & Human Needs Council of the North Shore celebrates the work of individuals who go above and beyond in working for their respective churches. The decision of whom will receive the awards is made by the member churches. The award dinner was again held in the St. Dominic Social Room, the only place large enough in the community to host the event. Members of each church attend, bringing potluck dishes for all to share.
The Reverend Jeffrey Prey of the First Presbyterian Church of Oyster Bay, as the President of the IRHNC, was the host for the evening. He said, “It was well attended, and showed a good spirit of community.”
It has been 100 years since the Locust Valley Library opened its doors to patrons. On Saturday, May 10, the library celebrated its 100th birthday with a tree planting on the front lawn and an ice cream/face painting social in the community room. Library staff and residents were on hand to witness the first shovels placed in the ground for the planting of the new cherry tree.
“The tree planting is the first step in updating our library,” said Library Director Kathy Ray Smith. “We have plans to renovate our community room inside, update our AV equipment and trim the plantings that are overgrown in front of the library.”
Patricia Aitken has been selected as a 2014 New York State “Woman of Distinction.” Aitken is a freelance writer for the Enterprise-Pilot.
“I am proud to honor Patricia as a Woman of Distinction, and prouder still of the recognition she earned from neighbors, colleagues and friends for her achievements on behalf of our community,” said Senator Carl L. Marcellino.
Local businessman David McLaughlin of Dodds & Eder, Inc., was honored by his fellow Lions at their 9th Spring Fling held at the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in April. His family and friends came out to support him at the benefit for Guide Dogs for the Blind and America’s VetDogs and other worthy causes. The benefit was the work of the Lions members, including: chairperson Ginnie Williams, co-chairs Doug DiRossi, Jerry Lalonde and Cindy Mudford; auction chairman Jerry Lalonde; journal chairman Robert Schadler; and committee members Pam Beliveau, Kayel DeAngelis, Robert Gottlieb, Ann-Marie Hosey, David McLaughlin, George Mudford, Chris Plummer and Bruce Schadler, Jr.
The famous words from Forest Witcraft’s Within My Power are ringing true for retired Oyster Bay High School teacher Rosemarie Colvin: “100 years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the type of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”
Colvin is affectionately remembered and beloved by scores of former students, one of whom attributes so much of her success to Colvin’s influence that she felt compelled to honor her in a very significant way. The Rosemarie Colvin Scholarship has been set up in perpetuity for first generation U.S. high school or college students attending Wharton or Wharton/UPenn, providing an opportunity for these students to attend college while honoring a teacher who made so many dreams possible for her students.
It was a refresher course on the art of ceramics at the Oyster Bay Historical Society last Wednesday night. Everything from the preservation, cleaning, handling and displaying of fine ceramic pieces was covered at the workshop, which was part of the American Library Association’s Preservation Week. OBHS archivist and librarian Nicole Menchise gave a detailed presentation to the small crowd on hand.
“This is not a workshop for everyday ceramics,” said Menchise. “This is for people who own particular types of ceramics, including family heirlooms and treasured keepsakes that must be handled with extreme care.”
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