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Oyster Bay Holiday Concert Ticket Lottery Applications Available

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto is happy to announce that lottery applications for tickets to the Town’s annual free Holiday Concerts, are now available.


The Town’s Annual Holiday Concerts, now in its 33rd year will be held on Monday, December 5, Tuesday, December 6, Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. and an afternoon matinee also on Wednesday, December 7 at 2 p.m. “As always, this much anticipated event will be held at the Tilles Center on the Long Island University-C.W. Post campus located at 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville. It will be a wonderful holiday experience for all to enjoy,” Supervisor Venditto said.


Due to the Holiday Concert’s overwhelming popularity, the Town will once again distribute a Holiday Concert ticket lottery. This ticket lottery is a fair and impartial system that has been very successful in the past in providing everyone with an equal chance of securing a ticket. To enter the lottery, residents need only pick up an application, or print out a copy from the Town’s website,, fill it out and return it to the address on the application. Once received, the applicant’s name will be placed into the lottery, from which winners will be selected at random. Selected applicants will receive tickets to either their first, second, third or fourth choice of performance depending on availability. All postcards must be received no later than Friday, October 28, 2016 at 4:45 p.m.


Applications for the Holiday Concerts Ticket Lottery can be placed in the drop off at the following locations:

  • Oyster Bay Town Hall North, Town Clerk’s Office, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay.
  • Oyster Bay Town Hall South, Parks Department (1st Floor), Department of Community & Youth Services (2nd Floor), 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa.


Supervisor Venditto indicated that those on the Town concert mailing list have already received an application in the mail. Simply fill out the detachable postcard at the bottom, affix a stamp on the reverse side and drop it in the mail. If selected, there is a limit of 2 tickets per household. Supervisor Venditto added that all lottery ticket winners will receive their tickets in the mail by Friday, November 18, 2016. For more information please contact the Town’s Department of Community & Youth Services at 516-797-7925, or CLICK HERE to download the lottery card application.


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Supervisor Venditto Invites Residents to Annual Family Fall & Halloween Festival, Oct. 22

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto invites residents and their families to the Town of Oyster Bay’s eighth annual Family Fall & Halloween Festival, which will be held on Saturday, October 22, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Marjorie R. Post Community Park, located at 451 Unqua Road, Massapequa.


“Once again, this annual free event invites residents to come out and celebrate the arrival of fall and Halloween with activities that are fun for children and adults alike,” Supervisor Venditto said. “The Family Fall & Halloween Festival will feature a ‘U-Pick’ pumpkin patch for children to pick out their own pumpkin, Halloween crafts, a hay maze, bouncies, games, photo opportunities and refreshments. Costumes for those attending are encouraged and residents can bring their already carved pumpkins to be judged in this year’s Carved Pumpkin Contest.”


The Supervisor noted that this event will be held rain or shine. The Family Fall & Halloween Festival is sponsored by the Town of Oyster Bay’s Department of Community & Youth Services. For more information on the festival, call 797-7925 or visit the Town’s website, Additionally, residents can keep up with the activities of our Department of Community and Youth Services by liking the official Facebook page ( or following them on Twitter (@tobcys).


“I invite all residents and their families to come down and celebrate the beautiful autumn season at the Town’s Annual Family Fall & Halloween Festival,” Supervisor Venditto stated. “The festival is certain to be a fun-filled afternoon at one of our beautiful Town parks.”  Learn more.


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Town of Oyster Bay to Host Senior Softball All-Star Game

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto announced that the Town of Oyster Bay has again been chosen to host the Long Island Senior Softball Association’s (LISSA) Division 5 “All-Star” Game. This year’s game will take place on Wednesday, October 5 at 6 p.m. at John J. Burns Town Park, which is located on Merrick Road in Massapequa.


“This is another unique and fun event that the Town Board is glad to have back in the Town of Oyster Bay,” said Supervisor Venditto. “These players are passionate and give it 110 percent when they are on the field. It is an exciting event for both players and spectators.”


LISSA’s Division 5 is a league for players 68 years of age and older, from throughout communities across Long Island. The league plays throughout the spring and summer and some of its most accomplished players are selected to play in the “All-Star” game.


“I am proud that the Town of Oyster Bay hosts many exciting and entertaining events such as the Long Island Senior Softball Association’s Division 5 All-Star Game,” Supervisor Venditto said.


“The Town’s parks and fields are some of the finest facilities in the Nation and that is why leagues such as ours often choose the Town of Oyster Bay as the venue for their signature events,” said Bernie Rosen, an Event Organizer with LISSA. “We enjoy a great relationship with the Town and share similar goals with providing great recreational opportunities for our area’s seniors.”


Admission to the game is free. In the event of bad weather, a rain date of Friday, October 7 has been set. “I invite everyone to come to John J. Burns Park to enjoy the game,” Supervisor Venditto said. “It will be a fun night.”


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Oyster Bay Town Proclaims September Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto and his colleagues on the Oyster Bay Town Board have joined with the Integrated Medical Foundation to promote September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in the Town of Oyster Bay. The initiative is designed to build awareness around the need for men to be proactive with their prostate health.


“Today, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among American men,” said Supervisor Venditto. “The Integrated Medical Foundation promotes awareness and early detection of prostate cancer. The Foundation is committed to improving men’s health through education and public outreach, with free programs and support services, and prostate cancer screenings on Long Island.”


Early screenings to detect prostate cancer can drastically improve survival rates and are a key measure in men’s health. It is estimated that 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with this form of cancer in their lifetime, and over 1,700 men each year will succumb to prostate cancer in New York State alone. If diagnosed early, the five-year survival rate for prostate cancer is almost 100 percent.


Supervisor Venditto said that “National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month” provides the opportunity to raise public awareness around the importance of prostate health. “The Integrated Medical Foundation works towards their goal of a prostate cancer free world by continuously advocating and educating the public,” Supervisor Venditto said. “I encourage men over the age of 40 and men with a family history of prostate cancer to speak with their health care professional and schedule a screening in order to stay healthy.”


Supervisor Venditto said he and his colleagues on the Town Board are pleased to join with the Integrated Medical Foundation in urging all citizens of the Town of Oyster Bay to be informed about Prostate Cancer and for men to take all the necessary steps to maintain their prostate heath. For more information about the Integrated Medical Foundation email or visit their website at


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Oyster Bay Town Officials: Celebrate the True Meaning of Labor Day

Labor Day has become synonymous with family get-togethers, great sales at the stores, and getting in that last day at the beach or pool. It is important however, that all of these distractions not overshadow the true reason for Labor Day. Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto and Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone urge residents to take a few minutes to reflect on the true meaning of Labor Day, which will be celebrated this year on Monday, September 2. The first Labor Day parade was held in New York City in September 1882


“Every year, Councilman Macagnone and I remind residents that what labor has achieved in this country, and for this country, deserves all the celebrating it can get because were it not for the hard work and sacrifices of the American worker, we would not be enjoying the outstanding quality of life we have today,” Supervisor Venditto said. “While it is important to enjoy a day off, the focus of the observance originally was dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers and the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Those observances were also about improving the quality of life for America’s working men and women.”


“Collectively, the men and women of our labor force is one of the hardest working and highest producing groups to be found anywhere,” Supervisor Venditto said. “Their products and services are an essential part of our everyday lives. In the Town of Oyster Bay, we have always recognized the importance of our labor force. I have often stated publicly that Oyster Bay Town government has a workforce that is second to none. From office personnel to sanitation, parks, highway crews and, the level of competence and dedication is outstanding.”


Councilman Macagnone pointed out that the Town of Oyster Bay has shown its concern for workers on many levels. “I am proud to say that Oyster Bay was the first Town on Long Island to adopt the Living Wage Law and the first Town in Nassau County to require contractors and subcontractors doing business with the Town to have apprenticeship agreements, as well as the first Town in Nassau County to require applicants for building permits for commercial buildings 100,000 square feet or larger apprenticeship programs to provide apprenticeship programs. The Town also has a comprehensive program to help displaced workers through the Town’s Department of Intergovernmental Affairs, Employment and Training Division.”


The Councilman noted that Oyster Bay serves as the administrative agency for the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program in the Towns of Oyster Bay and North Hempstead and the City of Glen Cove. Displaced or unemployed workers who meet certain eligibility guidelines can receive everything from help preparing resumes and honing job seeking skills to on-the-job or classroom training. For further information, contact the Employment and Training Division at 797-4560.


“It is most appropriate that a special day be set aside to pay tribute to the dynamic and vital force of American labor, which has contributed tremendously to the highest standard of living and the greatest production of quality goods and services the world has ever known,” Supervisor Venditto stated. “So, on Labor Day, go ahead and have that family get-together, go to the beach or pool, or even check out those great sales at the stores, but please, I take a few moments on Labor Day to reflect on the contributions of the dedicated working men and women who helped, and those who are continuing to help, make our nation a safer, stronger and better place for everyone.”


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Supervisor Venditto Invites Residents to Register for 9th Annual ‘Walk for Autism’

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto is proud to announce that the Town of Oyster Bay will host its Ninth Annual “Walk for Autism” to benefit the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities on Sunday, September 25, at John J. Burns Town Park, Merrick Road in Massapequa. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the walk will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a tailgate party. The event will be held rain or shine.


“Autism is a neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime,” Supervisor Venditto said. “There is no known cause or cure for autism and research shows that one in 68 individuals will be diagnosed with the disorder. Through the years, autism has become more prominent in mainstream press with many treatments and therapies becoming available to families and research is ongoing.”


Now in its ninth year, the Town’s walk is helping to raise awareness to the public. The event benefits the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism, a dedicated facility located on AHRC Nassau’s Brookville Campus and affiliated with the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System. “The center offers families comprehensive diagnoses, family support and the latest information about current autism research,” Supervisor Venditto said.


Registration is $10 for individual walkers or $25 for a family (up to five walkers). Each registered walker will receive a t-shirt and admission to the tailgate party. To register for the walk please go online to, or call the Town of Oyster Bay’s Parks Department Recreation Division at 516-797-4125 ext. 2.


“I hope to see many residents join us and take part in this great cause,” Supervisor Venditto stated. “The ‘Walk for Autism’ will not only be a fun day for all, but will go a long way towards raising awareness and supporting research in the fight against autism.


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Oyster Bay Town to Host Family Football Night at John J. Burns Town Park, Aug. 23

Event Features an Interactive Scrimmage of LIU Post Pioneers and a Youth Clinic and Barbeque


Family Football NightThe Town of Oyster Bay is ready to kick-off the football season with its annual “Family Football Night” at John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa on Tuesday August 23rd, at 7:00 p.m. Football fans are sure to enjoy the event which features a collegiate scrimmage of the LIU Post Pioneers.


“This is a great event where football fans are close to the action,” Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto said. ”LIU Post has many talented players and it’s very impressive to watch the team’s knowledgeable coaches, led by Head Coach Bryan Collins, work with the players during a scrimmage. It’s a unique perspective that everyday fans don’t get a chance to see on television.”


Admission will be free for Town residents, but all attendees are encouraged to bring two cans of food, which will be donated to Island Harvest to benefit the fight against hunger. The event will be preceded by a youth clinic, which is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Players and coaches from LIU Post will instruct youth football players and to help improve their skills. “The student athletes on the LIU Post football team serve as true role models for the many young players in attendance,” Supervisor Venditto said. “Perhaps one day, these youngsters will also be able to further their academics though athletics.” There will also be a barbeque following the scrimmage where youth players will have an opportunity to speak with the LIU players and coaches and receive autographs.


“This scrimmage is always a fun night for the players and I know the team looks forward to coming to John J, Burns Park in Massapequa for this annual event,” Supervisor Venditto said. “Over the years, this fan friendly practice has become important night for LIU Post as they prepare for the season.”


Last season, the Pioneers boasted a 7-4 overall record and a 5-4 mark in Northeast-10 Conference play. The team finished fifth in the league standings and dispatched Bentley University, 34-20, on NE-10 Championship Weekend to close out the season. This year, they are looking to build on that success.


“The Town of Oyster Bay is pleased to support the sport of football, which is extremely popular in the Town of Oyster Bay as it is throughout the country,” said Supervisor Venditto. “It’s great to have an outstanding college team like LIU Post playing on one of our fields. The Town of Oyster Bay has been acclaimed for having some of the finest parks in the Nation, and that is further supported by having LIU Post hold a scrimmage at John J. Burns Park. The young athletes who play on our fields are thrilled that they play on the same facilities as those who may someday play professionally.”


John J. Burns Park is located at 5158 Merrick Road in Massapequa.


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Town of Oyster Bay 9-11 Memorial Ceremony Scheduled for September 7th

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto invites all residents, their families and friends to attend the Town’s 9-11 Memorial Ceremony to honor the memory of those lost on September 11, 2001. The Town of Oyster Bay 9-11 Memorial Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, September 7, beginning at 7 p.m. at Tobay Beach.


“The Town’s September 11 memorial is situated on the bayside of Tobay Beach, where there is a direct line of sight to where the Twin Towers once stood,” Supervisor Venditto said. “It provides a serene and peaceful surrounding, making it a fitting backdrop for a place of remembrance.”


The Town’s memorial monument is inscribed with the names of Town of Oyster Bay residents lost on September 11, 2001. The memorial also features a steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center.


“What makes our memorial so meaningful is that it’s personal,” the Supervisor said. “The men and women whose names are on the wall were our loved ones, our friends, our neighbors, our colleagues. They rode their bikes through our streets, swam at our beaches, and enjoyed our parks. They lived here.”


The event on September 7 will include a candlelight vigil, vocal performances, bagpipe music and religious readings. In addition, the names of those lost, who are inscribed on the wall, will be read.


“I hope that all residents will join us on Wednesday, September 7 to mark the 15th anniversary and honor the memory of our beloved friends and neighbors who perished on September 11, 2001,” Supervisor Venditto concluded. “Being with our family, friends and neighbors helps us pay tribute to our loved ones and share in the collective memory of those we have lost.”


Families of 9-11 victims interested in being on our mailing list, please contact the Town’s Department of Community & Youth Services at 797-7900.


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TOB Blood Drive, Thursday, August 4

The Town of Oyster Bay will be holding its Blood Drive on Thursday, August 4 to help hospitals meet the ongoing need for blood donations this summer. “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.); Hicksville Athletic Center, 167 Broadway/Rte. 107, Hicksville (2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and the Department of Public Works War Room (Highway), 150 Miller Place (7:30 a.m. to 1:30 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 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


“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.” For more information about the blood drive, click here.


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Senator Venditto Visits Family & Children’s Association ‘Walkabout’ Home for Young Men and Women in Freeport

Senator Michael Venditto (R-C-I, Massapequa) recently visited the “Walkabout” Home for young men and women operated by Family & Children’s Association. The “Walkabout” Home is located in Freeport and provides housing and services for young men and women between the ages of 16-20 in order to prepare them for living independently in the community.


Residence in the program is voluntary. Residents are expected to fulfill the guidelines of the program and actively plan for either living independently in the community or returning home to their family. “Walkabout” for Young Men and Women does not discriminate based on race, creed or national origin.


“What Family & Children’s Association is doing for these kids is truly inspiring. They are helping to make sure that these young adults are given every opportunity to achieve success, live independently, and receive the best care and guidance in order to become proactive members of our community,” said Senator Venditto.


“We are thrilled that Senator Venditto took the time to visit “Walkabout” and talk with our young people about the program, their future plans and his role in the NYS Senate. The NYS Senate has historically supported FCA’s housing programs for runaway and homeless youth and we look forward to continuing a partnership that has helped thousands of at-risk youth pave a path to independence.” Said Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, President / CEO of Family & Children’s Association.


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