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Wounded Warriors Soldier Ride July 20, 2012

Once again, the Wounded Warriors Soldier Ride came through the Village of Amityville to an exuberant, supportive reception.  This annual event starts at Babylon Town Hall on Sunrise Highway.  After welcoming speeches by politicians, wounded veterans start their long ride terminating at Overlook Beach.  They are joined by many members of the community on this arduous adventure.

Among the riders was one of our members, Doug MacLean.  Doug’s avocation is photography.  Along the route, he took some wonderful pictures.  Some are shown here.

Note the sky as they entered the Village of Amityville.  Although it was dark and ominous, the worst of the weather seemed to break to allow the ride to proceed.  The Fire Department displayed a large American flag over Broadway as many of us waved flags and welcomed the riders.

There were many familiar faces among the riders.  Deputy Mayor and BVCA member Peter Casserly rode once again in support.  In addition, Suffolk County Executive and former Town of Babylon Supervisor Steve Bellone joined The Ride.

Perhaps the most consistent and fervent supporter and rider was Don McVeety.  A BVCA member and retired member of the Suffolk County Police Department, Don participates in many of the Rides including the one in New York City that precedes this every year.

This is always an amazing community event.  We are honored to be a part of it.  Acknowledging the sacrifices and courage exhibited by the veterans is the least we can do.  Their tenacity in the face of obstacles continues to amaze us! SR_2012_2

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BVCA Adds Landscaping at Amityville High School

The weather was supposed to cooperate but the skies opened for a brief downpour.  The Bay Village Civic Association had purchased plants and sought volunteers to assist in placing them at the front of Amityville Memorial High  School.  Member s of the National Honor Society and Key Club had offered to come out on Saturday, May 5.  They joined members of th e school district’s Plant and Grounds staff headed by Ed Mercurio.   BVCA President Joan Donnison, and co-chairs of its Enhancement Committee Jackie Aissa and Julie MacLean were ready to see their  plan materialize.

Luckily, the rain ended and the project was implemented.   Roses and other perennials were planted alongside the main entrance.  The  front courtyard area was weeded and raked.  New plants were added.

A new electronic sign had recently been installed near Merrick Road.  This was courtesy of the AMHS alumni from the class of 1960.  The BVCA purchased and planted red and white annuals (the school’s colors) in the bed surrounding the sign.  Perennials and more plants will be added in the future.

After several hours, the results were apparent.  Everyone was pleased….especially when the pizzas donated by “Bellissimo’s” arrived.  Thanks also go to Home Depot for their donation towards this project.

We sincerely appreciate the cooperation of principal Scott Andrews and V.P. Pete Hutchison as well as advisors Jodi Roisman and Christine Kilfoil.

As you walk or drive by, please take a closer look.  Hopefully, it will inspire the students while adding to the charm of the Village.

For more information about the Bay Village Civic Association, go to www.bayvillagecivic.org or email bayvillagecivic@aol.com.  This organization represents the residents of the Village of Amityville.

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Department Chiefs Special Guest Speakers at BVCA Membership Meetings

At recent meetings of the Bay Village Civic Association, special guest speakers addressed the members about their departments.
Representing the Amityville Fire Department was 1st Assistant Chief Charlie Scudlo.  Chief Scudlo explained the qualifications and training of members of the Department.  In addition, he advised the BVCA members on fire safety measures.  Questions were answered about rescue training and EMT services, too.


In November, Amityville Police Chief Don Dobby made a presentation about his Department.  The Chief explained the extensive training that each member of the force has.  The history of the APD and the roles of officers were defined.  Some recent events in the community were discussed.  Particularly during the holidays, residents were reminded to lock doors and keep valuable items out of view.  Chief Dobby requested that we call the Department if we think we see anything suspicious.

Future meetings will address homeowners’ insurance issues and other relevant Village of Amityville community matters.  For more information, email bayvillagecivic@aol.com.

Amityville Farmers’ Market Expanded

Additional vendors have recently joined the Amityville Farmers’ Market.  Blue Duck Bakery of Southampton and Southold features fantastic pies and breads.  If you have not tasted these baked goods, you’ve missed some delicious treats.   It joins a gluten free baker, A Little Taste of Heaven, also offering many wonderful products from Chef Deb.

Thera Farms has returned to Amityville with its heirloom tomatoes, fig trees, plants and other produce.  This farm is joined by Goodale Farms, a dairy farm from Aquebogue, offering eggs, cheese, and other products.  These organic free range eggs are special.  They must be tried to taste the difference!


 

Some organic garlic and produce is already available courtesy of a certified organic farm.  More produce will be available as the harvest peaks.  An additional organic farm will be represented for the remainder of the season.  There will be a variety of tempting fresh fruits and vegetables from which to choose.  Organic fresh produce is certainly a healthy option.  We are fortunate to have it locally available.

Many other vendors make up this delightful Market.  Handmade soaps, Italian pastries, cookies, dog treats and other items are being offered.  Don’t miss original vendors Horman’s Pickles and Bambino’s for fresh pasta and mozzarella.

Remember that the Market is located at the 9/11 Memorial Parking Lot on the east side of Route 110, south of the train trestle.  Additional parking is also available at Walgreen’s. The Farmers’ Market operates every Friday afternoon from 2 P.M. until 7 P.M. and will continue through September.
Live music is also provided by Denise Romas in July and various artists throughout the season.  Come by and enjoy!

Farmers’ Market on Fridays

Come and participate in this enjoyable community event sponsored by the Bay Village Civic Association.   The B.V.C.A. represents the residents of the Village of Amityville.  For further information, contact bayvillagecivic@aol.com. The Market is supported by the Amityville Chamber of Commerce.


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Spring Clean-Up Event April 30 Sponsored by the Bay Village Civic Association

On Saturday, April 30, a shredder truck was parked in the 9/11 Memorial Parking lot on Broadway.  From noon – 3 P.M., the public brought three bags or cardboard file boxes of paperwork to be shredded.  This was done for a $10 donation to the Bay Village Civic Association.

This was a wonderful opportunity to clean out those personal documents residents had been saving.  Identity theft continues to be a problem and this was a deterrent.
How fitting that Earth Day and Arbor Day were also celebrated in April.  We reduced landfill and saved a tree, while protecting your identity.

We gratefully acknowledge Quality Shredding for donating their services.  More details about them can be found at www.QualityShredding.com.  It is hoped that we can continue this event annually.