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On a foggy Tuesday evening at Coopers Bluff, oyster enthusiasts, along with Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino, gathered for the Oyster Eating and Oyster Shucking contest, a popular event at the annual Oyster Festival, which traditionally takes place outdoors in the heart of the hamlet. Covid-19 has led to a different festival this year, the 37th, forcing organizers to change the format to a virtual one. But, perhaps the most popular event, the oyster eating and shucking contests, had to be done live, so the contest was held for the media only, so they could share it with their viewers and readers. more
Last weekend, the actors and props weren’t the scariest things at Bayville Scream Park, a popular Halloween destination in Bayville. It was the lack of social distancing and long wait times that left many park-goers frightened and frustrated. more
The Jericho Cider Mill, a two-story white barn where gallons of cider are pressed each season is celebrating its 200th birthday. Even with the coronavirus pandemic it remains a joyful place, where people go to purchase homemade pies and cider but also, to reminisce. more
At a showing last Sunday, coronavirus guidelines were taped on the entrance to the yellow two-family house at 4 Ave. B in Locust Valley. Mary Stanco, a real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Laffey International Realty, was waiting inside with a mask on. There were Covid-19 disclosure forms on the kitchen counter. more
Food provider NOSH and North Shore Soup Kitchen, which joined forces in July, have been feeding the local communities out of the Church of St. Rocco in Glen Cove since late August. more
At the height of the pandemic, Louis Pillari, the funeral director at Oyster Bay Funeral Home, said he lost several nights of sleep. “It’s not in my nature to have to say ‘I can’t allow you to see your loved one’ or ‘I can’t help you,’ even.” more
Since gyms across New York state were given the green light to reopen by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Aug. 24, many Oyster Bay facilities have been welcoming back their clientele in recent  weeks. more
The Locust Valley Central School District opened its doors today for students and while things may look a bit different, students will be provided with the same exemplary education that the community … more
A Locust Valley School Employees Association survey found that 78 percent of the district’s teachers are concerned about returning to school. The survey, in which 178 teachers participated, was taken a few days before Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Aug. 7 announced that schools could reopen in the fall, the union’s president, Gabby Harrington said. Weeks later, the educators are still worried. more
School districts in Nassau and Suffolk counties, along with the rest of the state, will be allowed to reopen, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Aug.7. He said he based his decision on low infection rates recorded in every region of the state. more
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