It was our pleasure to honor the memory of Peter Keller and his achievements at our recent Brunch. With almost one hundred fifty people in attendance, including Pete’s widow, Patricia, the attendees appreciated viewing Pete’s designs as centerpieces. There were public and private spaces throughout the Village and Town of Babylon. Quite a legacy! NYS Senator John Brooks, Town of Babylon Councilperson Jackie Gordon, and Village of Amityville Mayor Dennis Siry, accompanied by most of the Board, recognized Peter’s efforts to beautify the Village. The BVCA presented a plaque to Patricia, as well as a proclamation to his partners at Keller Sandgren. Peter’s time on the Planning Board, as well as his beautiful designs, and those of his firm, have helped fulfill our mission……to preserve the charm and historic character of the Village. The Brunch was delicious, while the auction featured many wonderful prizes. Chairperson Kathy Ward and her committee did a fantastic job. Many thanks to Margaret and Meghan Brooks for offering their musical talents, too! Funds raised will be used towards scholarships and projects to beautify the Village.
The number of people who attended the Brunch was almost overwhelming. So many individuals and groups wanted to join us in paying tribute to the Ricciutis. As the award noted, they are “an inspiring couple”. The Bay Village Civic Assoc. was grateful for everyone’s support for the auction. Both businesses and individuals were generous in making donations. We look forward to using the funds towards a project for the betterment of the Village. In addition, scholarships will continue to be awarded to Amityville H.S. seniors, based on community service and school record. Thank you to the entire committee, headed by Kathy Ward. Margaret and Meghan Brooks were once again generous in providing their wonderful musical talents. Dale Yarmosh was our unofficial photographic chronicler. If you haven’t already seen it, you may want to look at the February 7 edition of “The Record”. Using Carolyn James’ pictures, as well as Dales’, there is a two-page centerfold spread of the Brunch, as well as a back-page story. It was a very nice tribute to us and Ellen and Vinnie Ricciuti.
In an effort to patronize a variety of Village restaurants, the Bay Village Civic Association held their 2017 Holiday Party at The One Asian Bistro. It was an exceptional event. The food was varied, plentiful and delicious. The entire staff couldn’t have been more accommodating. Holiday decorations brightened everyone’s spirits. Evidence of that can be seen in the pictures here. Many thanks again to Dale and Jill Yarmosh for their efforts to capture the moments. Proceeds from a large wine basket were used towards a major project donated to the Village. BVCA President Joan Donnison displayed a rendering of a new entranceway sign at the eastern entrance to the Village on Merrick Rd. Through many fundraising events, and with the assistance of former Board members Barbara Strick, Doris Reynolds, Ethel Mac Gill, Diane Apgar, and Martha Peterson, as well as the current BVCA Board members, a check was presented to the Village at the December 11 Board of Trustees’ meeting. This new sign will replace an older, deteriorating one in front of the Ketcham/Woods Preserve. In the future, other organizations may choose to “adopt a sign” to help beautify the Village.
Press Release Productive May 20 Preserve Clean Up A group of forty students from Amityville Memorial H.S. volunteered to assist the Bay Village Civic Association clean up the Woods Preserve on Saturday, May 20. This hidden gem, on the north side of Merrick Rd. is a well- deserved recipient of their efforts. Although the Village DPW attends to it when needed, there is always more that can be cleared. Efforts are made to be careful and not disturb too much of the natural beauty and animal habitat. Through the cooperation of Jodi Wilsher, advisor to the National Honor Society, as well as members of the BVCA, the students achieved an improvement for the community’s benefit. Also in attendance was Lasheca Lewis, on behalf of NYS Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean Pierre. Deputy Mayor Kevin Smith was present with good wishes and congratulations. Following the Preserve Clean-up, all the volunteers proceeded to the H.S. to prune beds and add new plants, as needed. Red was a prominent color in recognition of the school colors. You may have noticed the red and white geraniums, visible from the street, encompassing the electronic sign. Following the completion of their efforts, pizza and refreshments were served in the school lunchroom. The delicious pizza was supplied courtesy of the BVCA and Raimo’s. All agreed it was delicious! Look around the next time you are at the H.S. Everyone hopes you appreciate the landscape improvements.
Barbara Strick, a member of the Board of the Bay Village Civic Association, will participate. She is part of Team Michael, follow this link to her personal page.
EVENT DATE: Sat. March 11th, 2017
Plunge: 12 PM
Registration: 11 AM
Location: James Caples Memorial Park Beach, Amityville, NY
Camp Sunshine is pleased to announce the 2017 Long Island Polar Dip . We believe that together we can send many more children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to our one-of-a-kind retreat in Casco, Maine.
With the strength of an event such as the 2017 Long Island Polar Dip and the resources of Camp Sunshine, it is our goal to raise in excess of $20,000.00. That is enough to send 8 families to Camp Sunshine.
All participants who raise at least $100 will receive a highly coveted “I DID IT” event t-shirt.
Too scared or too smart to take the plunge? There’s the option to participate in the “Chicken Dip” – where you’ll only need to dip your toes in!
The Bay Village Civic Association would like to invite you to our 10th Anniversary Brunch. We are happy to announce we will be honoring Bill Lauder for his many years of service and commitment to Amityville Village. We hope you can attend, invite your neighbors and make new friends!
Lore Waegerle and Zellman
Townsend Thorn and Marco
Ann Barile and Lore Waegerle
Linda Hotchkiss and Tea
Several members of the Bay Village Civic Association are actively involved with Canine Companions. They train companion dogs until they are ready to “graduate” and live with someone who would benefit from their skills. One BVCA member has enjoyed a better quality of life with her latest dog for twelve years. Special thanks are extended to Ann Barile, Linda Hotchkiss and Tea, Townsend Thorn and Marco, as well as Lore Waegerle and Zellmann for providing such a wonderful presentation at a November membership meeting. On a cold and blustery night, those in attendance were amazed and inspired by the compassion and skills of the trainers, recipients and their dogs. Consequently, the Board of the civic association decided to offer financial support to the organization. At the Bay Village Civic Association Holiday Party, recently held at Vittorio’s, a raffle was held. The $350 proceeds from the large wine basket raffle was given to Canine Companions. Ann Barile and Tea stopped in to offer their gratitude. The winner also has a family member connected to CCI. She donated the basket to her for a future fundraiser for Canine Companions. It became the “gift that keeps on giving”! For more information about the Bay Village Civic Association, go to www.bayvillagecivic.org or follow them on Facebook. Canine Companions can be researched at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are pictures from the BVCA Holiday Party at Vittorios’s
President Joan Donnison presenting the basket of cheer to Al James
Ann Barile and her companion Tea
Richard Handler and Jill Yarmosh
Ann and Ed Tringo
Emily and Phil Troiani
Hal and Lorraine Schad
BVCA President Joan Donnison, AFD Chief Jeff Erath and Mayor James Wandell
Mary Calabrese and Richard Handler
Trustees Dennis Siry and Kevin Smith
BVCA Board members Carolina Anderson, Joanne Fisk, Diane Mellish, Doris Reynolds, Barbara Strick, Joan Donnison, Julie MacLean
Judy and Emil Pavik
At the October 17 BVCA Membership Meeting, our featured guest speaker was N.Y. State Senator Michael Venditto. He spoke with us about things he supported in Albany, including tax rebates, grants for the Village and other measures that benefited Amityville. There was also a discussion about the need for an elevator at our L.I.R.R. station. The senator assured us that he is contact with the railroad and knows their objection (insufficient ridership). However, he will continue to work with us towards that goal. His concerns and efforts are truly appreciated.