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  BVCA Holiday Party

at The One

   Tuesday     December 5

5 pm - 7 pm 

 

 

  

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7th Annual Luncheon Raffle

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Successful 7th Annual BVCA Luncheon Held at Unqua

 

An unusual raffle was held by the Bay Village Civic Association recently. About one hundred people were in attendance on Sunday, January 26, at Unqua Corinthian Yacht Club.  Rather that a proliferation of baskets, the majority of gifts raffled were gift cards to local businesses.  Both the business owners and individuals were very generous in their donations.

 

This was the vision of Committee Chairperson Ethel MacGill and her committee members…Diane Apgar, Martha Peterson, Midge Lewin, Joanne Fisk and Cathy Reilly.  Besides helping to support local businesses in the community, the committee transformed Unqua into a winter wonderland!

 

A special tribute was made to the Amityville Fire department in recognition of their volunteer efforts during Sandy.  While all the first responders were outstanding, the Fire Department was singled out as community volunteers.   Chief Scudlo, Ass’t. Chiefs Waegerle and Greey accepted the tribute on behalf of the Fire Department.

 

Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory reinforced our commendation.  He spoke about the sacrifices these volunteers make during crises…leaving their homes and families while personally enduring similar hardships, to help others.

 

Leg. Gregory also had a special presentation for AUFSD Superintendent Dr. John Williams.  Unfortunately, due to complicated health issues, Dr. Williams could not be present.  In his stead, Lisa Johnson, president of the Amityville School Board, accepted the recognition for Dr. Williams. 

 

BVCA President, Joan Donnison, noted that this was the first time in six years that Dr. Williams did not attend the event.  He had always supported events and activities.

 

 The first community enhancement project the BVCA coordinated was an improvement to the landscaping at the front of the High School several years ago.  Dr. Williams was there in overalls…shovel in hand.  His active participation in the community will be missed, as well as his leadership in the school system. 

    

 
 

In Memoriam

 
 

 

          Two weeks after our luncheon, we were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Williams.  He will be missed by all, not only for his leadership in the Amityville School System, but also for his active community involvement.  He was a very special person.  Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and the entire Amityville community.

 

 

BVCA Holiday Cocktail Party at Vittorio's

Following the first measureable snow of the season, members of the Bay Village Civic Association celebrated the holidays on Tuesday, December 10.  It was a wonderful gathering!

Balzani family

So many members joined us that the entire restaurant was filled with conversation and smiles. Quite a few people noted the evolution of the group.  Just seven years old, BVCA membership has steadily increased.  Prior parties were more intimate, but this group was evidence of the growth.

While some were still recovering from Sandy and sharing stories about NY Rising, many residents were happily back home.  Holiday plans were discussed and some additional house parties planned.  Pictures of family, pets and homes were shared. 

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One of the hot topics was the future of the former Brunswick Hospital site.  Another was the future of the Village in the face of the changes since Sandy.  Future membership meetings are sure to be interesting.

 The Bay Village Civic Association represents the residents of the Village of Amityville.  Their 7th Annual Luncheon/Raffle is scheduled for Sunday, January 26 at the Unqua Corinthian Yacht Club at noon.  For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516/983-4883.

 

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Grand Opening of Amityville Farmer’s Market

Under a clear, sunny sky, the Amityville Farmer’s Market had the official “Grand Opening” Ribbon Cuttingon Saturday, July 13.   This year, the Market is being held on Saturday mornings from 9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

On hand were Mayor Jim Wandell, as well as trustees Jessica Bernius, Kevin Smith and Nick LaLota.  Many members of the Bay Village Civic Association joined them and BVCA president Joan Donnison in the ribbon cutting ceremony.  Prior to the photo op, NY State Assemblyman Bob Sweeney joined them at their booth.  He had to leave early, but stopped by to wish them well and shop!

Shoppers were pleased to see Thera Farms, Horman’s Pickles, Laurie’s Granola, Chef Deb’s Gluten Free Cookies , and Bambino’s Ravioli return.  A new farm from Mattituck joined them, along with a vendor with honey, preserves and other specialty items.   They were also excited at the possibilities of the new commercial kitchen in the Village…the Kitchen Co-op.  That table sold various kinds of bread, most with chocolate.  More vendors are expected throughout the season.  The Market should run through October.

Raffle tickets were sold for a large basket valued at $100.  The proceeds were being donated to the victim of a recent house fire in the Village.  Due to the sudden downpour at the end of the event, the raffle was postponed to the following Saturday.  The winning ticket was drawn by BVCA member, Richard Anderson, as president, Joan Donnison  looked on.   Ginny DeLauro was the lucky winner.

 

Grand Open BVCA Tent

 
 
 

BVCA Summer Cocktail Party

Members and friends of the Bay Village Civic Association toastedCasserly Plaque summer on Tuesday, July 9.  While they enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Bulldog Grille, their thoughts were also on a member of the Village community whose home had recently burned.

The funds from a basket raffle as well as a 50/50 drawing were added to a fund for her benefit.  Additionally, the winner of the drawing, Barbara Strick, donated her winning portion back to the fund. 

At the cocktail party, the attendees witnessed a presentation of a Certificate of Recognition to Peter Casserly who had served the Village for thirty years as trustee and Deputy Mayor.  His help after Sandy was particularly noted with appreciation by BVCA president, Joan Donnison.

Over fifty people attended.  Many also continued to discuss their post-Sandy situations.  Most are now back in their homes.  Some are still waiting for final details to finish their first floors.  A few expect to rebuild.  It’s been a very long road. The camaraderie and conviviality left everyone feeling better about the future. 

 

Wood's Pond Preserve Clean Up

The Bay Village Association partnered with the AMHS National Honor Society for a successful community web_May_11_2013_Woods_Pond_Preserve_Clean-upservice project to clean up the Wood’s Pond Preserve, a small parcel of grassy land just east of Suffolk County National Bank. After noticing much debris at this spot on Merrick Rd, the Honor Society students reached out to us for our support of Global Youth Service Day.

Permission was been granted by the Village and the Town of Babylon.  The pond was not be disturbed.  The team collected a dozen bags of debris and some fallen branches

We were so fortunate; just at the time that the clean-up was scheduled, the rain stopped. The sun even broke out as we were finishing.  41 Amityville M.H.S. National Honor Society students showed up!  We also had their advisor, and 10 BVCA members join in the event.


Special thanks to them:
Jessica Benius
Peter Casserly
Kathy Corbett
John Donnison
Ruthe McKeown
Jill O'Toole
Doris Reynolds
Barbara Strick

Kevin Smith was on hand to wish us well. He was joined by Suffolk County Legislator DuWayne Gregory, as well as NY State Assemblyman Bob Sweeney. A group photo was taken for Global Youth Service Day.
Special thanks to Florence Findley from the Town of Babylon Community Development Program for her support, too.

Later that same day, the group moved on to the High School. Beds were cleaned and pruned, and new plants were planted at the driveway entrance signs.

Exhausted but gratified, we all retreated back to the school for pizza and refreshments. Dr. DeRose and her dog greeted us outside for another photo. School Superintendent, Dr. John Williams was also there. (He had an earlier commitment at the Rotary "Stuff a Bus" event.

We know many people had us in their thoughts. So many things are scheduled for the weekends! Thank you for whatever support you offered.

Speaking of support, Bellissimo's donated pizza, Home Depot and Stop & Shop also made a donation to the project. Suffolk County National Bank allowed us to use their parking lot. Thank you, thank you!!

Joan Donnison and Julie MacLean
Enhancement Co-Chairperson

 
 
 
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