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Wood’s Pond Preserve Clean Up

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

BVCA Commends Ed Johnson

Joan Donnison, President of the Bay Village Civic Association, and Joanne Fisk met with Ed Johnson at Johnson’s Florist. The BVCA presented Ed with a certificate for his commitment and dedication to the Village over his 16 years as Village Trustee.

Sandy Survivors BVCA Lottery Winners Awarded

The Committee that conducted the “Friendly Bay Village Holiday Homes Tour” decided to raffle the bulk of the proceeds to Sandy survivors.  $500 Visa gift cards were distributed through a lottery to 16 Village residents who suffered flood damage.

The task was arduous since it was decided to hand deliver the applications to homes throughout the flood zone.  Most days, the weather didn’t cooperate.  But with the help of many volunteers, including Bay Village Civic members, Kiwanians, and many student volunteers, about 1000 applications were delivered.

Joanne Fisk, BVCA secretary,  used a Village flood zone map and certified that only one application was delivered and accepted per household.

The drawing was held on Valentine’s Day at the Suffolk County National Bank.  Bank manager and president of the Amityville Chamber of Commerce, Joanne Goodman, did the honors.  From 250 applications submitted, 16 lucky winners were chosen.

They represented a wide variety of streets in the flood zone including Norman Avenue, Shore Rd., Riverside Street, Chichester, Le Brun, Meadow Lane, Grand Central, Stuart, etc.

The winners were notified and the cards were distributed to them on Saturday at the bank.  While they were all quite shocked and excited about winning, they also shared stories of recovery and rebuilding.  The frustration in getting funds from FEMA as well as insurance companies persists.

However, all agreed that this gift made them feel better and even a little lucky.  We hope that luck and good fortune continues for all Village residents.  Congratulations to the following households:

I.Apgar, W. Brauns, F. Chichester, B. End, R. Froehlich, B. Goldstein, J. Mazzola, R. McKeown,   M. Neville,  J. Poland, R. Powell, D. Rega, S. Riordan,  G. Soper, J. Tullar,and  B. Vollmer


The Friendly Bay Village Holiday Homes Tour – Dec 1 2012

It was a difficult project to undertake, made only more challenging by “Sandy”.  It was a bit nippy, but the weather cooperated for the Friendly Bay Village Holiday Homes Tour.

All seven homes on Bennett Place were beautifully decorated by their homeowners. The architecture and design of the homes was evident. Various details were pointed out to visitors. Everyone was amazed at the variety, design and décor of the houses.

Music was played in many homes by local musicians recruited by Margaret Brooks. It was delightful and added to the spirit of the holidays.

At the Bennett Place Firehouse, vendors offered their wares while baked goods were sold and mulled cider was offered.  Linda Weber and Laura Kronenberg facilitated this part of the Tour. Diane O’Neill had a strong hand in keeping things going and Chris Doran sold Tour tickets.

Special  thanks to St. Mary’s Church and Father Geminder for hosting the Tea Room and Gift Shoppe organized by Caroline D’Antonio.   A bounty of homemade cookies were enjoyed by those who stopped by to warm up, with Pat Johnson at the helm recruiting the bakers who donated cookies.  Vendors were on hand for Holiday shopping.

Over 70 overflowing gift baskets were raffled off thanks to the much appreciated efforts of Ellen Ricciuti and Chris Doran as co-chairs of the Raffle committee. Dale and Jill Yarmosh were Santa’s elves, assuring all winners were notified and received their prizes! The newly redecorated Lauder Museum was open.   A tour of the historic area was conducted by Marilyn Brous.

All of this would not have been possible if not for the dedication of the Tour Co-chairs Diane Apgar and Ethel McGill, who marched on despite their own losses in the storm.  Many thanks to all those who attended and assisted behind the scenes for making this year’s tour a resounding success.

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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


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 or email  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

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 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  It is hoped that we can continue this event annually.