A group of female entrepreneurs and friends gathered at What’s Cooking on a recent Thursday night for an evening of shopping, beauty, and Sangria. Lynne Gerald, who owns What’s Cooking on East Main Street in Oyster Bay, was inspired to host the event for two friends, Elizabeth Smith of Sea Cliff and Laura Sokolov of Merrick, who are just setting out in their own businesses, and she wanted to support them.
“I hope this event gives them more confidence to go out on their own and to continue what they’re doing. I want to help them get a start,” says Gerald. “I was in the same situation many years ago, I didn’t have a home and was traveling to people’s houses.”
Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher Van Cott gave the final budget presentation last Tuesday at the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education meeting. The final budget number of $54,578,478 was $1,074,367 more than the 2013-14 budget of $53,504,111. It is an increase of 2.01 percent, which is the lowest expenditure budget increase in at least 15 years.
The funding sources that make up the proposed budget are property taxes and the STAR program, State Aid, local revenue and the appropriated fund balance.
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich PTSA has refashioned its lavish annual event, A Taste of the Gold Coast, and brought it to a new venue, downtown Oyster Bay - for A Taste of the Town, on Thursday, May 15, from 7 to 11 p.m.
The Gold Coast committee felt it was time to shake things up.
“Each year we ask our merchants to donate to our event and they have done exactly that for the last 13 years,” said Diana Hauser, a PTSA board member. “This year we felt it was time to give back to them.”
Living up to its motto, “Always Ready,” the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary joined the Town of Oyster Bay, North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association and Friends of the Bay along with other volunteer groups on Saturday, April 26, for the harbor cleanup.
Seasonal Splendor, Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce the chamber’s annual event to raise funds for plants to decorate the hamlet, was held at Dodds & Eder Home on April 28, where a ribbon cutting ceremony also took place. The garden entrance to the store was the perfect reflection of how greenery, plants and flowers enhance our lives.
As the OBEN Chamber website said, “Well, it’s official! Dottie Simons, president of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce and her business partner Carrie Leopold have made their dreams come true and have purchased Dodds & Eder, Oyster Bay,” now known as Dodds & Eder Home.
The Youth and Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich celebrates 45 years of community service this year. On Saturday night, April 26, YFCA’s spring fundraiser “Set Sail” got underway at the Sagamore Yacht Club with more than 100 supporters in attendance. Guests were there to honor Abby and George O’Neill, founding members of YFCA. The O’Neills were unable to be there, but two of their six children, daughters Grace O’Neill Caulkins and Wendy O’Neill, were there to represent them.
“They have been so wonderful through the years, and their philanthropy is really an example to aspire to,” said YFCA Executive Director Barbara Rakusin. “It’s wonderful to see all of Oyster Bay and East Norwich supporting our organization. Abby and George will be very happy.”
All of the tea sandwiches and desserts were homemade by the members. Most importantly, the servers were comprised of students from both schools, who give their time and volunteer as a community service. The students included: Danielle Sugar, Christina Testa, Julia Testa, Haley Warshaw, Bob Morris, Liam Gagliao, Dana Galgano, Michelle Morris and Branden Warshaw.
Despite the change of ownership that took place at the beginning of the year, Dodds & Eder remains pretty much the same: a store you can count on for your outdoor home furnishing, home decor and gardening needs.
“The transition has been pretty seamless,” says Dorothy Simons, who purchased the retail part of the business along with Carrie Leopold, continuing the store as Dodds & Eder Home. The ladies purchased the store from owner Joe McLaughlin and took over Jan. 1.
Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including two teams from Oyster Bay High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.
Last month at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, student teams had 10 minutes to convince a panel of expert judges that their plan for a business in the Plaza of the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is feasible and would be successful.
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