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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.

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.

(click to enlarge photos)

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