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BVCA Ketcham Creek Clean-up and HS Planting Event 2023

BVCA clean-up and planting event Meet volunteers at H.S. and walk to Ketcham Woods Preserve on Merrick Rd. (across from Stop & Shop) to clean-up debris.  Plant annuals at H.S. Pizza and beverages provided. Community service hours awarded.

Saturday May 20th 9 am – noon

Ketcham Preserve Clean-up, Saturday, May 21, 2022

Press Release

Ketcham Preserve Clean-up Saturday, May 21

In conjunction with the Town of Babylon, and Save the Great South Bay Society, the Bay Village Civic Association will clean the Ketcham Preserve on Saturday, May 21.  The Preserve is located on Montauk Hwy., across from Stop & Shop.

Volunteers will meet Rich Groh from the Town at 9 A.M. at the corner of Lake and Montauk.  They are encouraged to wear old clothing and bring gloves.  Some litter “pick-er uppers” will be available.  Bring sunscreen and insect repellent, too.

The BVCA asks residents to also consider joining them with Amityville H.S. students to enhance the landscape at the school.  New raised garden beds will be planted with perennials and annuals purchased by the BVCA.

Community service hours will be available to students participating in either, or both, of these activities.  The BVCA expects to finish by noon.

Those at the Preserve Clean-up may be there past noon, following a lunch break, depending on progress being made.  This is a rain or shine event.

Pictured below are volunteers at earlier events – pre COVID.Contact the Bay Village Civic Association for more info at

Amityville Village Farmer’s Market Opening June 4, 2022

Amityville Village Farmer’s Market Opening June 4, 2022

Familiar vendors and many others will return to the 9/11 Park on Saturday, June
4. This will be the opening day for the Amityville Village Farmer’s Market
operating Saturday mornings from 9 A.M. – 1 P.M. until October 15.

Sponsored by the Bay Village Civic Association, the market has been at this
location on Broadway, across from Peter’s Diner, for many years. At the civic
association tent, Amityville on the Bay emblazoned tees and other clothing may
be purchased. Funds are utilized towards projects to enhance the Village.

Residents have enjoyed purchasing fresh farm products from a Mattituck farmer,
as well as delicious baked goods from Baked at Home, Horman’s pickles, bread
and cheese from Mama Monte’s, coffee and more.

Look for clothing, craft products, and other special items. Often music will be
provided for shoppers’ enjoyment. It’s a delightful way to see neighbors and
friends while shopping in a safe, outdoor venue.

For more information, contact Bay Village Civic Association at Follow us on Facebook at Amityville Farmers’ Market,
and Instagram @amityvillevillagefarmersmarket, too.

BVCA Honored Tom Howard at Recent Brunch

On Sunday, April 24, almost one hundred people attended the 15th Annual BVCA
Brunch/Auction at Unqua. The special honoree was Tom Howard, recently retired Downtown
Revitalization Committee chairperson.

Tom was awarded a beautiful plaque by Joan Donnison, on behalf of the Bay Village Civic
Association, in recognition of his years of service to the Village, as well as his many

Residents were joined by many elected officials honoring Tom. Among them were Suffolk
County Legislator Jason Richberg, NYS Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre, Town of Babylon
Supervisor Rich Schaffer, and Babylon Councilman DuWayne Gregory.

Kevin Smith, representing the Village of Amityville, addressed the assemblage and presented
Tom with a certificate of recognition. NYS Senator Brooks was unable to attend but sent a
proclamation to honor Tom, too.

When all the honors had been rendered, Tom spoke eloquently about his history in the Village
and efforts to continue a legacy begun by his late father, former Mayor Lou Howard. It was
under his stewardship that trees were planted along the streets in the Village.

Tom expressed gratitude to former Mayor Jim Wandell for asking him to chair the DRC, and to
Mayor Siry for allowing him to continue in that role. He also gave a call out to founding
members of the committee……Kevin McAndrews, Tracy Cullen, Peter Casserly, and the late
Peter Keller for their expertise and advice.

Many lovely baskets were auctioned. The winners were delighted, as were all the attendees.
Unqua was aglow in sunlight and smiles.

It was so nice being together again on a wonderful occasion. As the BVCA president noted, the
prior year, COVID necessitated negative PCR tests or proof of vaccination to attend. We seem
to be entering a better phase. She wished everyone well during the year.



The Amityville Village Farmer’s Market returned to the 9/11 Park on Saturday, June 12. The BVCA is pleased to again sponsor this community event.

The farmer from Mattituck brings his seasonal harvest. It increases with the growing season. Shoppers eagerly anticipate the corn season. The current harvest, including strawberries, is enjoyed by all.

Baked at Home, featuring carrot cake and many other delicious baked goods returns. So does Horman’s Pickles, Mama Monty’s Breads, Nautilus Coffee, and many others. Be prepared to shop for weekend guests and parties. Your guests will be impressed.

Don’t forget to buy soap, crafts, and clothing too. The BVCA has Amityville by the Bay clothing, replenishing their goods constantly. We will attempt to order a size or color of your choice when placing larger orders. Many thanks to our volunteers!

The Market is open from 9 A.M. – 1 P.M. every Saturday until October 9. Check Facebook if strong storms are predicted. Otherwise, we’ll be there! Don’t forget to stroll through the Village after visiting us. Shop and dine locally.