The East Norwich Civic Association meeting on Sept. 24 had as a topic, the proposed sports fields at TR Park. It was in a way a continuation of the discussion at the Oyster Bay Civic Association a week earlier, but with some other speakers. It began as Charles Doering asked if there was an answer to the three letters sent asking the town about the Theodore Roosevelt Park Advisory Committee of nine members, which is called for in the deed. President Matt Meng answered that Steve Marks, executive assistant to Town Supervisor John Venditto, said the supervisor said they are re-organizing the committee and that Councilman Chris Coschignano is not involved with it.
We are very pleased to report that Dr. Kay Sato, president of Raynham Hall Museum, announced the receipt of a “GET READY” grant to help the museum begin its strategic planning process. The grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, will enable Raynham Hall to work with consultant Anne W. Ackerson, director of the Museum Association of New York. Ms. Ackerson has met with board and staff members to provide an overview of the planning process and to introduce the importance of planning in helping Raynham Hall to meet its mission of preserving the Townsend family house in Oyster Bay, interpreting its history between 1740 and 1880 and educating the public.
“It is the front entrance of the Oyster Bay Boys & Girls Club,” said Jessica Craft of the Sept. 17 mystery picture in the Enterprise Pilot. Right!
Billy Minicozzi guessed the location was at town hall in Oyster Bay. On a sports note, he said, the Jets won the game over the Dallas Cowboys that was held in their new stadium!
“This is a picture of the memorial bench in the Theodore Roosevelt park. It is a beautiful bench,” said Jessica Craft in an email, identifying the Sept. 10 mystery photo.
Billy Minicozzi called to identify the picture in the Sept. 10 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. He said, “It’s a bench by the flagpole at TR Park.”
We are lucky to be living in a great town and a great township. This year again there were two events memorializing September 11 - we had shore to shore coverage for families and friends of those lost that day.
“The town’s September 11 memorial is situated on the bay side of Tobay Beach, where there is a direct line of sight to where the Twin Towers once stood,” Supervisor Venditto said. “It provides a serene and peaceful surrounding, making it a fitting backdrop for a place of remembrance.”
Dorothy Titus called for her husband Bill, to identify the Sept. 3 mystery picture. “He got to the paper first. It’s taken from TR Park, looking out into the mooring field at Oyster Bay, with Centre Island behind. Two little boys are fishing off the stone wall. It’s a great picture of our great harbor. We’ve been members of the Sagamore Yacht Club for 30 years. It’s a wonderful harbor. We lived on our boat for a year and sailed into many harbors and this is my favorite,” she said. The first thing they look at in the newspaper, she said, is the mystery picture.
Mike Scheck sent us an email that we thought was not only a great idea, but one you should know about. He suggests that on Friday, September 11th, 2009, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States. Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this eighth anniversary of one of our country’s worst tragedies.
We do this to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.
Doubleday Babcock Senior Center is planning on holding a September 11 Memorial Ceremony on Friday, at 10:45 a.m. at the Western Waterfront for those families and relatives whose loved ones died in the attack on the Twin Towers.
The evening before, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto invites all residents to attend the Town’s September 11 memorial ceremony on Thursday, September 10, at the Town’s 9/11 Memorial at Tobay Beach. The event, which will include a candlelight ceremony, is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Thomas Power correctly identified the Aug. 27 mystery picture in the Enterprise Pilot. He said, “It is the new building down in the park by the parking lot, and behind it is West End Avenue; and the back faces the sailing school on the Western Waterfront. It is by the boat ramps.”
As the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Athletic Association looks at Theodore Roosevelt Park as a way to solve their lack of fields problems, the Oyster Festival Committee faces a new issue. Can the Oyster Festival and the new athletic field live together in Theodore Roosevelt Park?
Over the years the festival has faced numerous challenges often involving its location. Before Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto came to office, the town had not allowed the festival to take place for the park in fear that it would damage the property, but he changed. Currently, the food court is run in the TR Park parking lot and the carnival takes place in Firemen’s Field.
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