Although it was cloudy, the weather did not keep people from gathering on Audrey Avenue last Tuesday for the season’s weekly Cruise Night, one of Oyster Bay’s most popular summer events. The street was filled with colorful cars, from V.W. Beetles to Corvettes, and old and young alike walked the street to take in the spectacle.
“My brother comes all the time but this is one of my first times coming,” said Jenny Marino of East Norwich. “I didn’t realize how big of an event this is. It’s really cool.”
At Tuesday night’s Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld said that the board had received a letter from the Oyster Bay High School class of 1974 Reunion Committee members. The letter stated that a former classmate, Marie Colvin, a renowned news journalist who died in 2012, should be honored at the class 40th Reunion which will be held on Oct. 11 of this year.
“The committee members sent us a proposal to have the school library dedicated to the name of Marie Colvin and to have a framed portrait and plaque of her in the library,” said Dr. Seinfeld. “The board gave approval for this plan.”
Last Wednesday, June 4, was the opening of the Gallego Financial Group of Raymond James, brought in with a celebration at the group’s office, the Octagon Hotel on West Main Street. The reception was lively and filled with many guests, all present to support East Norwich resident Alex Gallego, who acted as president of the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce for three years, stepping down in 2010.
At the reception, Gallego said he was excited to be continuing his work in Oyster Bay. “We were committed to stay in Oyster Bay,” said Gallego. “We knew that this is the place we wanted to be.”
The People’s Liberty Party announced their intention to run in the upcoming Muttontown Village Election scheduled for Tuesday, June 17, to be held at the Muttontown Village Hall at 1 Raz Tafuro Way.
Mayoral candidate Pericles “Perry” Linardos, and trustee candidates Russell Orenstein, George Chalos, and James Ronaghan represent the People’s Liberty Party, formed exclusively to run in this election.
The candidates have local ties to the area and long histories of both public service and success in the private sector.
Members of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School district are feeling full of gratitude these days. The inspiration to think, feel and act with more gratitude stems from last month’s Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) meeting in which Jeffrey J. Froh, PsyD presented his research findings in the field of gratitude.
SEPTA President and special education teacher Kevin McCarthy says, “Dr. Froh’s presentation on his newest book, Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character, was a reaffirmation of how important being grateful as individuals can be. Dr. Froh was able to show, through his research, that the power of being grateful, and more importantly, teaching your children how to be grateful, can lead to a more positive, productive and fulfilling life. It was a wonderful topic that was well received by over 125 attendees. Our Special Education Parent Teacher Association was proud to present the program.”
Books and blooms were on display at the historic Mill Neck Manor House recently where a family-oriented book fair, “Literacy Blooms” was held. With spring blossoms on view in the surrounding gardens, the interior of the mansion was the setting for a selection of children’s and adult books, along with their respective authors. This is the second year for the event, hosted by the Mill Neck Family of Organizations and the Long Island Authors Group (LIAG), with proceeds benefiting The Literacy Collaborative at Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf.
Katherine Dimancescu visits the Oyster Bay Historical Society on Saturday, June 14, for a book talk and signing, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Koenig Center. A descendant of the Underhill, Townsend, Wright and Feakes families, she will discuss her ongoing genealogical work while highlighting some of the family research resources both in New England and in the United Kingdom that have proved helpful to her.
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.
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