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BVCA Summer Cocktail Party

Members and friends of the Bay Village Civic Association toastedCasserly Plaque 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

The Bay Village Association partnered with the AMHS National Honor Society for a successful community web_May_11_2013_Woods_Pond_Preserve_Clean-upservice project to clean up the 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

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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