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Sandy Survivors BVCA Lottery Winners Awarded

Lottery_Drawing_webThe 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.Winner_Solo_Web

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 sevenBVCATOUR_029 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.  Members of the National Honor Society and Key Club had offered to come out on Saturday, May 5.  They joined members of the 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 e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  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. Read more...

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