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Muscarella Announces Free Distinguished Artists Performances at Libraries this Spring

Cold Spring Harbor Band, Greater Nassau Chorus, and Naomi Zeitlin Highlight Upcoming Slate

 

Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph Muscarella announced that the Distinguished Artists Concert Series will host multiple performances throughout the months of April and May 2018 at local libraries throughout the Town.

 

“The Distinguished Artists Concert Series provides free musical and dance programs for the enjoyment of our residents,” said Councilman Joseph Muscarella. “I encourage residents to take advantage of these wonderful performances offered by the Town for free at local libraries.”

 

Scheduled performances for April and May include:

 

  • Glenn Crytzer’s All Stars on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2:30 pm at the Farmingdale Public Library
  • Vinny St. Marten and the Seeing Eye Dog Band on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Jericho Public Library
  • Cold Spring Harbor Band on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Hicksville Public Library
  • Greater Nassau Chorus on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 8:00 pm at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library
  • Four-Hand Band (Alexander Wu & Sasha Papernick) on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Bethpage Public Library
  • Patti Dunham & Gary Haberman on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Hicksville Public Library
  • Naomi Zeitlin on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Syosset Public Library

 

The Distinguished Artists Concert Series is sponsored by the Cultural and Performing Arts (CAPA) Division of the Town of Oyster Bay’s Department of Community & Youth Services. For further information, please call (516) 797-7900.

 

The 2017-2018 Distinguished Artists Concert Series schedule is available here.

 

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Muscarella Announces Registration for Spring Co-Ed Yoga Classes

Residents looking for a low impact and enjoyable fitness activity are encouraged take part in the Town of Oyster Bay’s Yoga Classes, which will held this April, according to Town Councilman Joseph D. Muscarella. The Town’s Co-Ed Yoga classes are for individuals 18 years of age or older and will be held at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center at Bethpage Community Park.

 

“Yoga is terrific form of exercise that benefits mind, body and soul,” Councilman Muscarella said. “It builds strength, increases general flexibility and is considered a great stress reliever.”

 

Councilman Muscarella said that registration for the program will take place at the Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center, 167 Broadway in Hicksville, on Monday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. After these dates, registration will continue based on availability. Please note that the schedule may be subject to change and residents are encouraged to inquire about special holiday scheduling. The session is 10 weeks in length with a fee of $60 for residents and $70 for non-residents. Mats will not be provided, so participants must bring their own Yoga mat.

 

Yoga classes will be offered on Saturdays, starting with Saturday, April 14, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. If a session is cancelled due to inclement weather, a make-up session will be attempted.

 

“These healthy fitness programs are very popular among residents because it gives them an outlet to enjoy exercising and staying in shape, all while meeting new people,” Councilman Muscarella said. “It is always recommended that participants check with a physician before participating in any physical fitness program.”

 

For more information, or to inquire about special holiday scheduling, call the Hicksville Athletic Center at 516-733-8418.

 

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Free Paper Shredding for Oyster Bay Township Residents

Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Joseph Muscarella reminds residents that there are four paper shredding dates available as part of the Town’s Homeowners Cleanup Program.

 

“Town residents are invited to bring unwanted documents, such as old tax returns, bills, bank statements etc. to be safely shredded on site,” Councilwoman Muscarella said.

 

The Councilman noted that proof of district residency must be shown. The program is open to residents only, no business. The Homeowners Cleanup Program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Town’s Solid Waste Disposal Complex, located at 101 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Road.

 

Upcoming dates include June 24, August 19, and October 21.

 

For more information, residents can call 677-5943 or visit the Town’s website at www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

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Councilman Muscarella Announces Arts Council 2017 Awards Reception for Talent Competition, Scholarship Winners

Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph D. Muscarella announced that the Town of Oyster Bay Arts Council (TOBAC) will be hosting an awards ceremony and reception for the participants of the TOBAC Talent Competition and the TOBAC Scholarship Program. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Long Island High School for the Arts’ Seymour Weiner Theatre, located at 239 Cold Spring Road in Syosset. Light refreshments will be served.

 

“Not only are the family and friends of participants invited to the event but the general public is also encouraged to attend the ceremony and be entertained by the works of the Talent Competition and Scholarship winners,” Councilman Muscarella stated. “Winners of both the talent competition and scholarship program will be acknowledged and the artistic works created by the Scholarship Winners will be on display for the community to admire.”

 

For more information regarding the TOBAC Talent Competition and Scholarship Awards Ceremony please contact Executive Director of TOBAC Sharon Betz at 516-797-7933 or visit www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

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Councilman Muscarella Announces ‘Helping Through the Holidays’ Food Drive in Support of Local Families in Need

Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph D. Muscarella announced that a special drive called “Helping through the Holidays,” will be launched at all three of the Town’s ice skating facilities. During the last week of 2016, visitors to Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating facilities are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to Town rinks to support Island Harvest Food Bank in its mission to end hunger on Long Island.

 

“This time of the year is called ‘The season of giving,’ and I am asking our residents to keep that spirit all the way through to New Year’s Day,” Councilman Muscarella said. “The last week of the year is usually one of the busiest weeks at our highly acclaimed ice skating facilities as family and friends get together for some winter fun. It’s a perfect time to lace up the skates and it presents a real opportunity to help Island Harvest feed Long Islanders who are less fortunate. Just one or two items from each visitor would make a huge difference.”

 

Randi Shubin Dresner, President and CEO of Island Harvest, said the Town of Oyster Bay has been an outstanding partner in the battle against hunger on Long Island. “We are so grateful for the hard work and determination of Town employees and the kindness of Town of Oyster Bay residents who generously have donated so much food at Town events,” Dresner said. “Island Harvest greatly appreciates and thanks everyone at the Town of Oyster Bay who support our efforts.”

 

Councilman Muscarella noted that Town of Oyster Bay ice rinks will be offering a special Holiday Schedule beginning on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 2016 that continues through Sunday January 1, 2016. The Town has three ice skating facilities – outdoor skating rinks at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa and Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, as well as the state-of-the-art indoor Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage. More information about the rinks, including the special holiday schedule is available at the Town of Oyster Bay’s website, www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

“I hope many of our residents can spend some of this holiday season enjoying some time at one of our rinks,” Councilman Muscarella said. “It’s a great way to have some fun and create long-time memories. While doing so, I also ask that we please remember those who are less fortunate. Your donation of food items will greatly benefit those in need and make our ‘Helping through the Holidays’ initiative a resounding success.”

 

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Oyster Bay Township’s Adult Co-Ed Badminton & Volleyball Programs

Residents are invited to take part in the Town of Oyster Bay’s Fall Adult Co-Ed Badminton and Adult Co-Ed Volleyball Programs, Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph D. Muscarella announced. The programs are open to players who are 18 and older and will be held at the Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center located on 167 Broadway in Hicksville.

 

The badminton program begins Thursday, October 13 and will be conducted on Thursdays from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Fridays from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sundays from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The volleyball program begins Tuesday, October 11 and will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The programs, which are 12 weeks in duration, are $75 for residents and $100 for non-residents. Proof of residency is required for the discount.

 

“This fall I invite residents who are looking to get in shape to take advantage of these programs,” Councilman Muscarella said. “ The Adult Co-Ed Badminton Volleyball Programs provide participants with hours of enjoyment and exercise.”

 

Councilman Muscarella noted that registration for both programs will take place at the Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center on Tuesday, October 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, October 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, October 8 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please note that the schedule is subject to change and residents are encouraged to inquire about special holiday scheduling.

 

“These co-ed activities not only provide positive health benefits, but also an opportunity to meet new friends,” Councilman Muscarella said. “They have always been very popular.”

 

For further information, contact (516) 733-8418 or visit the Town’s website www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

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Hurricane Preparedness Seminar in Massapequa, Sept. 22

Program to be Live Streamed on the Town of Oyster Bay’s Website

 

Oyster Bay Councilman Joe Muscarella reminds residents that the Town will host a hurricane seminar to be conducted by leaders in the field of meteorology and emergency management. The program is slated for Thursday, September 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Massapequa West End Firehouse, Hicksville Road, (Rte. 107) and Brooklyn Avenue in Massapequa. Residents unable to attend in person can view the entire seminar on the Town’s website www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

“As was made clear in Superstorm Sandy, it takes only one storm to devastate a community,” Councilman Muscarella said. “We all need to know what to do in advance of a major weather event to help us stay prepared and as safe as possible. This live presentation, as well as the live stream feature on the Town’s website, gives residents easy access to information that could ultimately be a lifesaver.”

 

The meeting will be hosted by Town of Oyster Bay Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety Leonard B. Symons, who recently attended the National Hurricane Center Conference in Orlando Florida and discussed some of latest early surge warning technology with Director Rick Knabb. “Technology, such as inundation maps, provides the public with vital information about the potential surge impact of a storm,” Symons said. “Surge presents our biggest threat in coastal regions such as Long Island. This early warning technology, which will be discussed in greater detail at the seminar, will provide us with advanced data to be proactive and prepared.”

 

Councilman Muscarella noted that the Town has conducted similar seminars in the past and have been extremely well received.

 

“They are designed to inform residents on how to prepare for a hurricane, when to evacuate, what to do when a storm hits and how to best respond during the aftermath of a hurricane or other severe weather event such as a nor’easter,” Councilman Muscarella said. “Long Islanders know all too well that complacency is not an option. We are geographically vulnerable to the impact of a major storm and the subsequent flooding it can create. This seminar is a great way to learn from the experts what you need to know to ensure that you and your family will be prepared should a hurricane or nor’easter find its way to Long Island.”

 

Agencies expected to be on hand include the National Weather Service, Nassau County Office of Emergency Management, the Nassau County Police Department, News 12 Meteorologists, Town of Oyster Bay Public Safety, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), Red Cross and Pet Safe.

 

For more hurricane safety tips, CLICK HERE for an informative brochure.

 

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Councilman Muscarella Announces Lifeguards Wanted at Town of Oyster Bay Pools

Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph D. Muscarella announced that registration is continuing for individuals interested in working as a lifeguard for the 2016 summer season at Town of Oyster Bay pools.

 

“The Town is continuing is to look for lifeguards to work at our pools for the upcoming season, which gets underway on June 20th through Labor Day,” Councilman Muscarella said. “As there is of course a lot of work and responsibility that comes with being a lifeguard, the position is meant for those who are experienced swimmers and up for the challenge.”

 

Councilman Muscarella noted that anyone interested in becoming a lifeguard must pass a 30-hour American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course administered by the Town Department of Parks that will certify the applicants in CPR, first aid, and other lifeguard techniques.

 

Applicants interested in becoming a lifeguard are encouraged to register as soon as possible, as space is limited. Those interested may call the Department of Parks at 516-797-4167 for more information.

 

 

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Town of Oyster Bay Invites Residents to Participate in Town’s Blood Drive: Thursday, April 14

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Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph D. Muscarella (front row second from right) met with the Town of Oyster Bay Blood Drive Captains and Chairpersons to discuss logistics and outreach for the upcoming blood drive to be held at Town facilities on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Councilman Muscarella commended the Blood Drive Captains and Chairpersons for their valuable assistance organizing the blood drive, giving back to the community and saving lives.

The Town of Oyster Bay will be holding its Blood Drive on Thursday, April 14 to help hospitals meet the ongoing need for blood donations. “Long Island Blood Services cannot meet its vital, life-saving mission without the efforts of the Town’s Blood Drive and it’s volunteers,” said Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joe Muscarella, who has worked closely with Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto for many years on the Town’s blood drive. “We strongly encourage all those eligible to participate. If you have family members or friends who are willing to donate, please ask them to also support our effort.”

 

“Blood banks need to be prepared 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto said. “This constant state of urgency is why people should always donate whenever they can. Donating is not only quick and easy but it is an entirely safe process. All materials used during the process are sterile, disposable and used only once…by you. There is no danger of contracting any disease, including AIDS. The pint of blood you donate will never be missed by your body, which manufactures an equivalent amount in 24 hours. When broken down into component parts, one single pint of blood can be used to heal and help the bodies of three different people.”

 

Councilman Muscarella went on to say that the locations for the blood drives are: Town Hall South Conference Room, 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.); Town Hall North, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) and the Department of Public Works War Room (Highway), 150 Miller Place (7:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.). Councilman Muscarella added that in order to qualify as a blood donor, a person must between the ages of 17 and 75 years old…16 with parental permission and 76 or older with a doctor’s note…weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood within the last 56 days. Anyone who has received a tattoo within the past twelve months is ineligible to apply. It is recommended that volunteers eat well (low fat) and drink fluids in the days before the Blood Drive. The Councilman noted that all blood types are needed, especially O positive and O negative.

 

Refreshments will be provided for all who donate. In addition, each time someone makes a donation, they earn advantage points redeemable for a wide variety of gifts, gift cards, or other merchandise. For questions concerning medical eligibility call 1-800—688-0900 or visit www.nybc.org. Those wishing to sign up to donate, or in need of additional information, can call Councilman Muscarella’s office at 1-516-624-6304 or visit the Town’s website at www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

“A pint of blood may be one of the most important gifts you can give to someone,” Supervisor Venditto stated. “One pint of blood could be the difference between life and death for one or more recipients. Please help us make this blood drive a huge success. Always keep in mind that we may someday be the ones in need.”

 

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Councilman Muscarella Announces Town of Oyster Bay Arts Council 2016 Awards Reception for Talent Competition and Scholarship Winners

Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph D. Muscarella announced that the Town of Oyster Bay Arts Council (TOBAC) will be hosting an awards ceremony and reception for the participants of the TOBAC Talent Competition and the TOBAC Scholarship Program. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Long Island High School for the Arts’ Seymour Weiner Theatre, located at 239 Cold Spring Road in Syosset. Light refreshments will be served.

 

“Not only are the family and friends of participants invited to the event but the general public is also encouraged to attend the ceremony and be entertained by the works of the Talent Competition and Scholarship winners,” Councilman Muscarella stated. “Winners of both the talent competition and scholarship program will be acknowledged and the artistic works created by the Scholarship Winners will be on display for the community to admire.”

 

For more information regarding the TOBAC Talent Competition and Scholarship Awards Ceremony please contact Executive Director of TOBAC Sharon Betz at 516-797-7933 or visit www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

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