Thursday, April 30, 2009

Make Oyster Bay Part of Your Mother's Day Plans

Oyster Bay is the place to go for all of your Mother’s Day shopping needs, a variety of special events, and finding a place to have that perfect Mother’s Day meal.

Finding that Perfect Gift
Get an early start to Mother’s Day festivities on Thursday, May 7th, at Dodds and Eder (221 South St). From 6pm to 9pm enjoy a Ladies Night and gift-buying extravaganza with special discounts and raffles for attendees. For more info, call 516-922-4412.

Nothing shows you care more than a gift of health and wellness. Come to Blue Water Spa (21 West Main St) with your mother for a spa day and mom will get 1/2 off of the cost for her massage or facial. For more info, call (516) 584-6800.

If sweets for the sweet are in order, consider The Chocolate Lady in downtown Oyster Bay (49 Audrey Ave). Here a delicious assortment of artisan crafted fine chocolates are available for mom. For more info, call (516) 922-2002.

If personal training and fitness are what your mother wants, Fitness Together (123 South St) is offering gift certificates for thee sessions for $165. For more info, call (516) 922-2300.

Healthy Living Therapeutic Spa will provide a perfect gift that's genuine and true just like your love for that special Mom in your life. When you call to make an appointment (516) 624-8244, mention this article and receive $30 off when you purchase 2 or more gift certificates of holistic healing massage, acupuncture or skin care therapy.

Be sure to drop by Buckingham’s Variety Store (36 Audrey Ave) to get materials for your perfect Mother’s Day hat. Heritage Lace is on sale from May 4 – May 10 with a copy of this article.

Satisfy your palette at the Raynham Hall Museum (20 West Main St). Their Mother’s Day Tea from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, May 9. This is sure to be a hit with all mothers. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. To make your reservation, call (516) 922-6808.

Lee Perotta of Oyster Bay’s own “The Chocolate Lady” will provide a mouthwatering talk on the history of chocolate in Colonial and Victorian New York at the Raynham Hall tea.

Special Events on Mother’s Day

A variety of events will occur in Oyster Bay on Mother’s Day itself. Start your day with a free yoga class at YogaRocks! (127 South St). Yoga I will be offered at 8:30am, and Rockin’ Yoga II will start at 10am. For more info, call (516) 624-9642.

For those looking for a formal sit-down meal, many options are available. Fiddleheads (62 South St) will be providing a prix fixe Mother’s Day brunch from 12-1pm. Meals will be served on the hour at noon, 1pm, or 2pm. To make your reservation, call (516) 922-2999.

Wild Honey (1 East Main) will provide classic American food in style. To make your reservation, call (516) 922-4690.

Canterbury's Oyster Bar & Grill is a warm cozy New England chowderhouse filled with historic Oyster Bay and Theodore Roosevet memorabilia. This casual neighborhood American Bistro offers bold American food with sincere spirited service. For reservations, call (516) 922-3614.

If eating in at home is more for you, have Periwinkles put together a delectable meal that you can easily serve at home. To make arrangements, call (516) 922-5700.

For a complete listing of restaurants in Oyster Bay, please visit

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Main Street Executive Director Among 30 Outstanding Young Professionals on Long Island Recognized

At a ceremony on March 30, 2009, Oyster Bay Main Street Association Executive Director Isaac D. Kremer, was recognized as one of the leading 30 professionals under the age of 30 on Long Island.

Speaking of the honor, Main Street President Ellen Roché said: “We are very proud of Isaac in receiving this award and know that his good work will continue to foster revitalization in our community.”

Thirty recipients were selected to be honored by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. Each individual was selected and recognized for his or her outstanding commitment, unique talent and philanthropic spirit within Long Island’s business and civic communities.

Jim Kelly, Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce Chairman, further commented, “It is inspiring to see Long Island’s young talent and our future. These young people each set an example within our communities and will ultimately be an essential key to Long Island’s economic recovery.”

The 30 honorees included:
Doug Atkins / Forchelli, Curto, Crow, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Cohn, LLP
Lauren Bayles / Huntington Chamber of Commerce
Alex Borg / Borg & Borg Insurance
Rita Ciaffone / Fern’s Creative Thimble
Erin Colton / News 12 Long Island
Stephanie Condra / Splashes of Hope
Jennifer Enright / BAE Systems
Matthew Ferdon / Office of Assemblyman Andrew Raia
Laura Fisher / RSVP Events NY
Greg Galant / Sawhorse Media
Robert Harper / Farrell Fritz, PC
Nikki Hess / Party 105 Radio
Jason Kalmar / Tranquil Mayhem LLC
Kerri Kankula / Arch Dental of Huntington
Kanishka Kelshikar / Adelphi University
Isaac Kremer / Oyster Bay Main Street Association
Megan Lavery / Town of Huntington
Jennifer Lawrence / JVKellyGroup, Inc.
Cara Long / EKB Interiors/The Long Agency, PR
Chris Lopinto /
Joseph Maddalone / Entrepreneur
Kelly Manzer / The Safarik Group at Smith Barney
Caitlin Meuser / Walt Whitman High School
Susannah Mrazek / Town of Huntington
Nina Petraro Bastardi / Farrell Fritz, PC
Evan Proios / SC Community College
Andrew Rudister / Maxburst, Inc.
Genevieve Sloup / RSVP Events NY
Jourdan Urbach / Children Helping Children
Christina Walsh / Ameriprise Financial

Among the accomplishments Kremer felt proudest about and included in his application were working with community groups to raise over $25,000 for beautification efforts in the Hamlet; and last year having Oyster Bay named a Preserve America Community, making Oyster Bay eligible for $250,000 in federal funds for heritage tourism.

The Oyster Bay Main Street Association was started in 1999 with the mission “to create and promote a healthy economy and an attractive hamlet, while maintaining historic character and integrity.” Projects the organization has completed include sign and façade improvements, public space enhancement, and helping to promote sites and attractions in the historic Hamlet of Oyster Bay.

For more information or to become a member of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association, please visit or call (516) 922-6982.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth Day Community Clean Up, 4/25, 8:30am - ???

Calling all volunteers! On Saturday, April 25, starting at 8:30am the Oyster Bay Main Street Association invites you to participate in the biggest community clean up event yet. Many groups and individuals share our wonderful hamlet from the sports fields to the sidewalks and parking lots. This is a chance for us all to do our part in the annual spring cleaning. Whether you are an adult or a child, this is a service that our town deserves!

Organizations that have been invited include:

Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce
Oyster Bay Civic Association
East Norwich Civic Association
Hispanic Cultural Center
Girl Scouts
Boy Scouts
OBEN Boys and Girls Club
OBHS Interact Club
St. Dominic’s Community Service Group
The Waterfront Center

The Town of Oyster Bay, Friends of the Bay, and the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association will be sponsoring their annual event “Harbor and Beach Cleanup” the same day at 9am, so we will be cleaning from ship to shore!

Only together can we make a difference, serve our community proudly, and call Oyster Bay home! Meet at Appliance World at 8:30am for bagels. Bring work gloves, brooms and dustpans.

For more information and to volunteer, please call the Chamber at 516-922-6464 or e-mail (Service letters will be provided for those fulfilling community service requirements for school, scouts or church).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

LIRR's wee workhorses to be big museum stars

BY Nicholas Hirshon

Tuesday, April 14th 2009, 10:47 AM

TWO LITTLE engines that could are landing the recognition they should.

To mark its 175th anniversary, the Long Island Rail Road is loaning two diminutive locomotives from a Queens repair yard - where they moved massive passenger and freight cars - for display at a Nassau County museum.

Built by General Electric in 1958, the pair of 51,000-pound workhorses - which often pushed or pulled train cars nearly six times their weight - will be on view at the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum starting in May.

"We're really excited," said museum President John Specce, describing the miniature locomotives as "another aspect of the railroad that many people may not have been aware of."

Rick Williams, a railroad expert at the Historic Railpark and Train Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., marveled at how the "little guys" moved large locomotives up to 300,000 pounds for repairs and maintenance.

"Bigger isn't always better," he quipped.

Officially known as No. 397 and No. 398, the 150-horsepower tiny tuggers - which measure about 18 feet 2 inches long and 10 feet 4 inches high - are called "dinkies" because of their small size.

Ahead of their five-year loan to the museum, the LIRR is running a renaming contest. "We didn't think it was right to send them off without a proper name," said LIRR spokesman Joe Calderone.

Commuters can submit potential names at through tomorrow. The winner gets four tickets to the new Cirque du Soleil show "Kooza" this spring at Randalls Island.

Once shipped to the museum's display of rolling stock on Bay Ave., the dinkies will sit beside a pair of antique cabooses and a locomotive cab that was featured at the 1964 World's Fair in Queens, Specce said.

"They represent part of the history of the railroad," Specce said. "They were the workhorses of the yard."

Officials at the fledgling museum - which opened a preview center last year on Audrey Ave. - hope the exhibit will help them escape the shadow of a competing attraction, ex-President Theodore Roosevelt's home at Sagamore Hill.

"We're working in tandem with the Long Island Rail Road," said museum co-founder Gary Farkash, 47, of Baldwin, L.I. "It does add an air of credibility."

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Kenneth Jay Lane "Fabulous Fakes" Exhibition to open at The Manor House, Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

Over the last fifty years Kenneth Jay Lane (b. 1932) has been the single most creative and prolific American master of costume jewelry.

In the early 1960’s, after several years spent designing shoes for haute-couture collections such as Christian Dior - sometimes with faux jewels - Mr. Lane began to focus on chic jewelry that was lighthearted and fun. His first work garnered instant success, and it was he who made costume jewelry a widely sought-after accessory. His jewels were worn by Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and today are the choice of movie stars and celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Paris Hilton, the Olsen Twins and Jessica Simpson.

Mr. Lane’s bold designs are inspired by both ancient and contemporary models. His talent lies in his ability to seek out the best designs, to reinterpret them, and to make them available at prices that are a great deal less than those of the originals. Although fabulous fakes, they are so highly esteemed that they have become sought after collectibles, with many vintage pieces selling at top auction houses such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

The exhibition, the largest retrospective to date, with over 350 jewels, is curated by Henry B. Joyce, Executive Director of Planting Fields Foundation and includes many of Mr. Lane’s most popular and exceptional designs. The show begins in the early 1970s when his avant-garde jewelry was featured by the famous editor, Diana Vreeland, in Vogue Magazine. Lane’s history continues with his revival of several spectacular 1920s Art Deco pieces of jewelry that he began to reproduce in the late 1970s. They included the costume jewelry once made in Paris for Coco Chanel. It was originally designed by the innovative jeweler, the Duke of Vedura. Mr. Lane’s reproductions of Vedura’s glamorous Maltese Cross cuff-bracelet, that had been made famous by Ms. Chanel, was worn 50 years later by Diana Vreeland who made it popular again.

Almost all of the costume jewelry in this exhibition is vintage, made between 1963 and 1993, and is in the personal collection of Kenneth Jay Lane.

Saturday, April 4 - Monday, August 31
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Daily in the Manor House at Planting Fields
$6.50 Exhibition Fee / $5 Seniors / Members and all children under 12 are FREE
(Ticket price includes admission to The Manor House and Coe Hall’s first floor)
Please call Michelle Benes at (516) 922-8682 or email




A special preview for Planting Fields Members – FREE of charge.
Tours of the exhibition with Henry B. Joyce, Executive Director, Planting Fields Foundation and curator of the exhibition, will take place at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served immediately
following – free of charge.

Friday, April 3, 2009
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tours of the Kenneth Jay Lane Exhibition with Henry B. Joyce, Executive Director, Planting Fields Foundation and curator of the exhibition, will be offered on the following dates:

Thursday, April 30
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Tours are free of charge for Members. Light refreshments will be served immediately following. For reservations and information, please call Michelle Benes, Membership Coordinator, at 516.922.8682 or


Jewelry Making in the Manor House

Come see Fabulous Fakes, the Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry exhibition and let your children be inspired to create their very own costume jewelry! Join jewelry maker Linda Reilly as she demonstrates how to use colorful beads and charms to create necklaces, bracelets and more!

Spring Break Week
Tuesday, April 14 through Thursday, April 16
The jewelry making program is free for Family Membership level or higher.
Non-Members: $10 per person

Jewelry making for 6-11 year old children
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Jewelry making for young adults ages 12 and older
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Space is limited, please call for reservations
Tracy Potavin at (516) 922-8676, or email