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H.S. Students Work with BVCA to Beautify Amityville

On a recent Saturday morning in May, about twenty students from Amityville Memorial H.S. volunteered to work with members of the Bay Village Civic Association. They had a two-fold mission: to clean up the Woods Preserve on Ketcham Creek, as well as improve the landscaping appearance on the H.S. grounds.

With the assistance of school advisor Cara Garofalo, and the support of Assemblywoman Jean-Pierre, Stop & Shop, and Raimo’s Pizza, the BVCA conducted a successful event.

The students and volunteers worked diligently to remove plastic bags and debris from the wetlands, while not disturbing it.  At least four bags of trash were collected.

Afterwards, everyone returned to the school to weed and prune garden beds at the main entrance. Many plants had been purchased by the civic association.  Laboring together, the students and BVCA volunteers added the new plants to those beds.  Plants were added around the electronic sign facing Merrick Rd., as well as the one at the sign in the western parking lot, too.

Tired and hungry, but pleased with the results, students and civic association volunteers enjoyed Raimo’s pizza and refreshments in the High School lunchroom.  Community Service hours were awarded to the students, as well.

This has become an annual event to help beautify the Village of Amityville.  The Bay Village Civic Association has donated and created several garden beds in the Village including the large rectangular bed at the entrance to the Library.

For more information, contact the Bay Village Civic Association at bayvillagecivic@aol.com.  You can also visit their Facebook page and website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preserve Clean-up on May 21st

Preserve Clean-up on May 21st

 

The Bay Village Civic Association Enhancement Committee has planned another Clean-up at the Woods Preserve on the north side of Merrick Rd. at Ketcham Creek.  It is scheduled for Saturday, May 21 with the help of AMHS students and community volunteers.

We will meet on the east side of the High School, near the portables, at 9:45 A.M. and proceed to the Preserve by 10 A.M.  Suffolk County National Bank will allow us to park on the north side of its parking lot.

Afterwards, we will return to the High School to do some gardening.  Plants will be trimmed, beds cleaned, and new, BVCA donated plants will be added, as needed.

Volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately and bring labeled gardening tools and gloves.  Water and packets of bug repellent will be available.  There is no raindate.  However, if the weather is terrible, we will notify members and post a cancellation on our Facebook page and web site.  In the past, the weather gods have smiled on us!

Afterwards, pizza and refreshments will be offered in the High School by the BVCA and a local business.  Students will receive Community Service hours.  Volunteers are welcome!

 

Contact the Bay Village Civic Association at bayvillagecivic@aol.com for more information.

2016 BVCA Annual Shred-A-Thon Event

This year’s annual BVCA Shred-A-Thon at the 9/11 Park held on
Saturday, April 16th was a great success.
We had beautiful weather and a great turnout.
Thank you to all that supported this event and to our volunteers.
This is a great way to kick off Spring!



 

 

 

 

9th Annual BVCA Brunch Honored Amityville Commission

The Amityville Park Commission has been in existence under varying forms and names since the 1930’s. Its mission was always to beautify the Village of Amityville through gardens and other attractive displays.

 

This has also been part of the mission of the Bay Village Civic Association.  For nearly ten years, it has been actively beautifying and enhancing public spaces, often consulting and collaborating with Corinne Budde, chairperson of the Park Commission.  Most recently, recognizing a need for shade at the Dog Park and discussing it with Mrs. Budde, a pergola was donated for that park by the BVCA.

 

At this year’s annual Brunch/Raffle at the Unqua Corinthian Yacht Club, Corinne and the members of the Park Commission were recognized. Joining BVCA president Joan Donnison were many members of the community.  In her speech, Joan noted that the Commission members are master gardeners and/or horticulturalists.  They volunteer their expertise and efforts in all kinds of conditions, frequently with cars whizzing by!

 

Elected officials also acknowledged the Commission’s contributions. Words of praise were offered by N.Y. State Senator Michael Venditto, N.Y. State Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre, Town of Babylon Councilman Tony Martinez, Village of Amityville Trustee Dennis Siry, and former Deputy Mayor Peter Casserly.

 

If you have admired the Village entranceways, the planter boxes in the summer, and the gardens at the beach, The Triangle and Gazebo, you have witnessed the results of their work.  The accolades are well deserved.

 

In spite of having to postpone this event one week due to the blizzard, the Brunch was well attended.  By all accounts, the raffle was a success. There were wonderful and valuable gifts donated by many individuals and businesses.  All the recipients were delighted!

 

The Bay Village Civic Association represents the residents of the Village of Amityville.  More information can be found at www.bayvillagecivic.org or on their Facebook page. You may also contact them at bayvillagecivic@aol.com.

 

Dog Park Pergola Donated by BVCA

The Board of the Bay Village Civic Association considered several donations to benefit Village residents.  The one they chose was a lattice topped pergola for the Village dog park.  It will afford some shade to those residents bringing their dogs there.

 

This issue came to light after Sandy, when a dog owner mentioned how hot it was at the dog park.  She had donated trees for the park. However, they were destroyed during Sandy.  It is hoped that the pergola will weather storms better.

 

This is a gift from all the members of the Bay Village Civic Association.  It is through their continued membership and support, as well as fundraising, that the BVCA was able to afford this donation.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Board at Pergola w/plaque

 

 

 

 

 

Pergola with dogs

 

 

 

 

 

Pergola with BVCA Members

 

 

 

 

 

Relaxing at the Pergola and benches

BVCA Recognized Recent Police Retirements

While planning the annual Summer Cocktail Party for Bay Village Civic Association members, their Board anticipated the usual attendance. What had always been a casual event at the Bull Dog Grille turned into something more, due to the unanticipated retirements of Amityville’s two top police officers.

With the announcements of the retirement of APD Chief Don Dobby, followed by the retirement of Lieutenant Gerry Gralton, an invitation was extended to them to attend. Certificates of Recognition were to be presented by BVCA president, Joan Donnison. As word spread to various political officials, more accolades came in.

Assemblywoman Kimberly Jeanne-Pierre, represented by Tyler Parks, awarded them a proclamation for their years of service. This was followed by proclamations from Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer and Councilman Tony Martinez.

There was a genuine feeling of gratitude and respect for the officers’ many years of service to the Village of Amityville. Several heart felt references were made regarding their leadership during Superstorm Sandy. Supervisor Schaffer was particularly thankful for that.

N.Y. State Senator Michael Venditto also congratulated the officers on their retirements, while wishing the BVCA members a happy, safe summer.

Trustees Jessica Bernius, Kevin Smith and Dennis Siry were also present. Trustee Smith offered his congratulations and appreciation as a former Fire Department Chief for their collaboration with the department and their many years of service to the Village.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Dep. Mayor Peter Casserly, Babylon Councilman Tony Martinez, Lieut. Gralton,
Chief Dobby, and Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joan Donnison, Gerry Gralton, and BVCA members congratulating
the retiring APD lieutenant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BVCA presentation to Chief Dobby

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.