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About Cedarmere

The Roslyn Landmark Society hosted an evening lecture at the Atria of Roslyn on April 24. Over 50 people attended the lecture with historian Harrison Hunt who presented the history of Cedarmere from its construction in 1787 to the present. He also talked in detail about the accomplishments of its most famous owner, William Cullen Bryant. 

 

William Cullen Bryant was a poet, newspaper editor and civic activist who achieved fame in the 19th century. Cedarmere is now a facility of the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, located on Bryant Avenue in Roslyn Harbor. Hunt’s program examined the evolution of the main house and its landscaping over the past two hundred years as well as the history of the Bryant estate’s many additional buildings, including the extraordinary Gothic Revival mill which was recently restored by the Roslyn Landmark Society and the Gerry Charitable Trust. 

 

The presentation concluded with a look at the estate today and plans for its future by The Friends of Cedarmere. Linda Hunt asked for support and volunteers in helping to restore the gardens this spring. For more information on Roslyn Landmark Society and Friends of Cedarmere, visit their websites at www.roslynlandmarks.org and friendsofcedarmere.com.

 

Franklin Hill Perrell, RLS Executive Director, explained to the audience the importance of preservation in the Roslyn area and that Cedarmere is one of the finest architectural and historic treasures. There was also a display of a William Cullen Bryant painting portrait and sculpture bust lent for the event by Dr. Jay Tartell. These pieces of artwork enhanced the evening’s tribute to William Cullen Bryant. 


News

Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.

 

Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.

 

Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


Sports

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


Registration for Farmingdale’s Over the Hill Gang Softball League will take place Feb. 1, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. - Noon at the Allen Park meeting room on Motor Ave. in Farmingdale. The league is open to men 40 and over who live in Farmingdale or the Town of Oyster Bay area. Players can also apply online at www.othgny.com, however must attend one registration session to show proof of age and residency.

 

— Submitted by Jerry Mazza



Calendar

Pete Hamill Lecture - December 5

Chazak Celebration - December 7

More Mussar Programs - January 8


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