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Editorial: Three Plus Presents for the Hamlet

Well, I think I can safely say the hamlet is getting three lovely presents this holiday season. The Angela P. Koenig Research and Collections Center is in the works; and the Octagon Hotel is coming along; and the Main Street Association is working with a NYS Main Street grant to restore 39/41, the White House on East Main Street, next to the Doubleday Babcock Senior Center, as well as several other grant projects in the works. They are the “Plus” in the headline.

The “White House” and the Octagon Hotel bring some of the architectural history of the hamlet up to date and the Research Center will keep history alive and well.

Architect Louis Baldino, who worked on the plans for the Angela P. Koenig Research and Collections Center, is also in charge of the restoration of the Octagon Hotel building on Spring Street and West Main Street. He said the windows were going in on Monday, Dec. 14, as the contractor returns to the job after completing a previous commitment.

Mr. Baldino had more good news on the Octagon Hotel project. “I found the original color paint of the building and had a computer analysis done of it. It was a small sample taken from where the sun couldn’t have hit it and faded the blue. It’s been covered up for years. The computer company gave me a few colors it would have been and I was able to match one of them,” he said.

We are a lucky little hamlet with people working, each in their own bailiwick, with the same goal in mind, of helping the hamlet.

We would like to reiterate Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce President Alex Gallego’s comment from last week’s editorial. He said, “We never arrive. It is a journey.” A hamlet’s health is a constant journey that a lot of dedicated people are working toward. One goal with many hands.

We celebrate the journey the hamlet is undertaking in this and in future years and the people that are helping it on its road.