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Steve Bellone Guest Speaker at April BVCA Meeting



Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was the guest speaker at the April 21 Membership Meeting of the Bay Village Civic Association.  The speaking engagement had been arranged about two months prior at the request of Mr. Bellone’s office.  The Suffolk County Executive wanted to reach out to civic associations to further explain his State of the County speech, while answering specific questions.

In his speech, Bellone highlighted three of his goals for the County:

  1. Government Reform
  2. Water Quality
  3. Economic Development

During the Q & A session, topics included the LIRR, “Connect L.I.” initiative, public safety, funding for downtown development, as well as a possible change in status for Republic Airport as proposed by Gov. Cuomo.

The BVCA was assured that the Suffolk County Executive supported keeping Republic Airport a general aviation airport.  That was applauded by the entire audience.


An Amityville cap and “Friendly Bay Villager” sweatshirt were presented to Mr. Bellone as an expression of the BVCA’s gratitude.

8th Annual BVCA Brunch/Raffle



The community showed up in style to honor Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory. It

was our honor to recognize him for his efforts to benefit the Village.

Unqua can only accommodate a limited number of people at assigned seats. We filled the

Clubhouse….not only with people, but also gift baskets and gift cards to raffle. Barbara Strick and

Doris Reynolds did a wonderful job with their committee in organizing this event.

Thanks are offered to the following BVCA members: Edria Parks, Carolina Anderson, Martha

Peterson, Diane Apgar, Julie MacLean, Joanne Fisk, Cathy Reilly, Bonnie Boldizar, and Annie Bilello.

Special thanks to our favorite musician, Margaret Brooks, who once again serenaded us on the piano.

It was so nice to have representatives from most of the Village organizations, BVCA members, and

many politicians present to join us on this special occasion. We are looking forward to another

wonderful event next year.









Amityville Senior Center Receives Donation


standing from left to right: Barbara Strick, Diane Apgar, Pres. Joan Donnison, Julie MacLean, Sr. Cntr. Director Pat O’Neill, Doris Reynolds surrounded by patrons of the center.

 Amityville Senior Center Receives Donation


Members of the Board of the Bay Village Civic Association recently presented a $500 donation to the Amityville Senior Center.  Its director, Pat O’Neill, gratefully accepted it while members of the Center looked on.

BVCA Vice President Diane Apgar discussed the needs of the Center with Ms. O’Neill.  She learned that many of the chairs were straight backed and difficult for some to use.  Arm chairs were preferable.  The donation will be used to purchase more of these chairs.

The Amityville Senior Center is located in the Park North Administration Building.  Access is provided from the parking lot at the rear of the building.

The BVCA Board has made significant donations to the community over the years, including scholarships to AMHS students, gift cards to Sandy victims, community gardens, etc.  The BVCA was pleased to continue to assist Village residents of all ages.

The Bay Village Civic Association represents the residents of the Village of Amityville.  More information may be obtained at or viewing their page on Facebook. 


Summer Cocktail Party

Getting together over food and cocktails is always festive.  The Bay Village Civic Association had a wonderful turnout of members at The Bulldog on Tuesday, July 8.  Conversation flowed about summer plans, the future of Brunswick, the weather, families, etc.  Some new relationships started.  It’s always nice to meet the person who lives around the corner.

A very large basket of cheer was raffled. Proceeds will help fund future BVCA scholarships.  The lucky winner was Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory.  Legislator Dave Denenberg, Amityville Mayor James Wandell, and Dep. Mayor Jessica Bernius, as well as Trustee Kevin Smith also joined the celebration.

Joan Donnison, president of the BVCA, reminded everyone of the civic association’s mission “to preserve the charm and character of the Village”.  She noted that the BVCA has been in existence for more than seven years.  Mrs. Donnison encouraged everyone to stay informed about the many changes that are occurring in the Village.

We are also reminded that the Bay Village Civic Association awarded scholarships to two Amityville High School seniors in June. The criteria was community service as well as an outstanding scholastic record.

The fortunate winners of $1,000 scholarships each were Anthony Abate and Maya Jordon-Thompson.  The scholarships were presented on Award Day.   Students should keep community service in mind, as they continue their studies.  It benefits them and their community.

For more information, contact the BVCA at or visit them on Facebook.


BVCA to Sponsor Meet the Candidates Night

BVCA to Sponsor Meet the Candidates Night

  Once again, the Bay Village Civic Association, representing the Village of Amityville, will conduct a Meet the Candidates Night.  This will be open to the public, as a courtesy, following the BVCA membership meeting.   That portion will convene at the Park Avenue School auditorium on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 P.M.

A Special Election will be conducted in the Village on Tuesday, March 18 to fill the remaining one year term for trustee, following the resignation of Peter Casserly. Nick LaLota was appointed by the mayor to fill that position last year.  This election will have him opposed by Andy Powell to occupy the position for the final one year of this term.  In 2015, a regular election will be held to fill the position for the usual four year term.

Questions will be based on those submitted earlier by BVCA members.  The BVCA Executive Board will select several topics to cover the majority of questions. As in the past, only the topics will be given to the candidates in advance.

Responses will be timed and should last for approximately a total of forty-five minutes.  A few questions will also be chosen from submissions by the public upon entering the room.  No questions will be taken from the floor.

Following the formal questioning, informal “meet and greet” time will be afforded over light refreshments.  The event should end by 9 P.M.

The format will be similar to the past event.

1.  Coin toss to pick first respondee….alternate responses afterwards

2.  5 minute personal introduction each

3.  Timed responses to questions..5 minutes each (maximum)

4.  2 minute wrap up each

A timer will be used.

Please note:  No filming or webcasting will be permitted.  We will ask attendees to keep phones off and try not to distract the audience from the questions and responses.

Informal discussions between candidates and attendees will follow over refreshments for about 15 minutes.

7th Annual Luncheon Raffle




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.

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!

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.

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 or call 516/983-4883.


Grand Opening of Amityville Farmer’s Market

Under a clear, sunny sky, the Amityville Farmer’s Market had the official “Grand Opening” on 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.


BVCA Summer Cocktail Party

Members and friends of the Bay Village Civic Association toasted 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.