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Town to Host September 11th Remembrance Ceremony at TOBAY Beach

TOBAY 9 11 Remembrance CeremonyOyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that the Town will honor a Remembrance Ceremony for the victims of the September 11, 2001 Attacks on America on Thursday, September 6th, beginning at 7 p.m. at TOBAY Beach. The Town Board invites all residents, families and friends to attend.


“As we prepare to observe the 17th Anniversary of these tragic attacks on America, it is important that we commemorate this day as the passage of time does not diminish the tragedy that our nation suffered,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “Together, we will pay tribute to those we lost that tragic morning as well as those who continue to pass away from 9/11 related illness. Join us in remembering these loved ones and honoring the brave heroism demonstrated by first responders who participated in rescue and recovery efforts.”


The Town’s 9/11 Memorial is inscribed with the names of residents lost on September 11, 2001. The Memorial features a steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center. The September 6th ceremony includes 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.


For more information, please contact the Town’s Department of Community & Youth Services at (516) 797-7900.


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Saladino, Imbroto and YES Community Counseling Center to Host National Overdose Awareness Ceremony

In recognition of National Overdose Awareness Day, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Louis Imbroto will partner with YES Community Counseling Center to host a Remembrance Ceremony at Phillip Healey Beach, located at 30 Florence Avenue in Massapequa, on August 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm, honoring the loved ones who we have lost to addiction and overdose. Residents are encouraged to bring a framed pictured of their loved one lost to drug addiction. Pictures provided will be returned at the conclusion.


Supervisor Saladino stated, “I invite residents to join us on National Overdose Awareness Day to remember those who lost their battle to drug addiction, and together reignite our pledge to do all that we can to keep families whole and stop the scourge of opiate-related deaths. I thank YES Community Counseling Center for partnering with us to host this important remembrance ceremony.”


Councilman Imbroto stated, “I can think of no better way to continue to raise awareness to the deadly opioid epidemic that has been impacting Long Island than by hosting this Remembrance Ceremony to honor those we have lost on National Overdose Awareness Day. Through ceremonies such as this, and through overdose prevention seminars, the Town and YES Community Counseling Center are strengthening our community in its battle against drug abuse.”


“This is an opportunity to pause and remember the strength of those whose lives have been lost to addiction. We must keep these lives in our hearts forever. And while we grieve the loss of a precious life, we must join together to celebrate all that made each individual special and unique in our world. Being aware, learning more, and understanding the profound consequences of this epidemic will ultimately help us to help others. As a community, we must stand together, learn from the pain, support one another, and continue to be there for those who may need our help. That is what a community does to grow strong! YES Community Counseling Center is honored to stand alongside those families and friends in remembering their gift to the world,” said YES Community Counseling Center Executive Director Jamie Bogenshutz.


For more information regarding overdose prevention and help in combating addiction, please contact YES Community Counseling Center at (516)-799-3203.


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Saladino, Hand Dedicate Oyster Bay Street in Memory of Community Activist, Shirlee Gerstein

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Thomas Hand recently hosted a ceremonial street renaming dedication ceremony in honor of Shirlee Gerstein for her decades of remarkable community service. For 46 years, Shirlee served as the face of the Youth and Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich – a leading organization for mental health, substance abuse and a myriad of other social services. The Agency is located on the street ceremonially renamed in Shirlee’s memory.


Supervisor Saladino stated, “I’m very proud to dedicate this special street to posthumously honor Shirlee Gerstein. For many decades, Shirlee Gerstein coordinated all social needs programs for the Agency, including the food pantry, emergency clothing program, Thanksgiving food drive and the Holiday Sharing Program. Three generations of individuals, in-need of services, knew that Shirlee would always be the kind, caring voice on the telephone and had the skill, desire and the ability to assist them in any way she could. Shirlee was the first employee hired by Agency and after a remarkable and distinguished career retired four years ago at the age of 86.”


Beyond the remarkable things she did for those who frequented the Agency, Shirlee also served as mentor to three generations of social workers and taught her colleagues how to care for those around us with compassion and dignity. Shirlee passed away last year, just before her 90th birthday and is sorely missed by her family and the members of the local community she impacted. Today’s street sign unveiling is a fitting tribute to Shirlee recognizing her years of loving service and dedication to Oyster Bay.


Councilman Hand stated, “This ceremonial street sign is a gesture of love and respect for Shirlee, as well as her family, friends and the colleagues who had the privilege of working alongside her. This sign will remain as a permanent reminder of Shirlee’s natural tendency of putting the needs of others ahead of her own. Shirlee sign will remain as a permanent reminder of Shirlee’s natural tendency of putting the needs of others ahead of her own.”


For more information regarding the Youth and Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich, please call (516) 922-6867.


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Saladino Announces Free Program to Train Unemployed Workers for Careers in Medical Office Administration Billing

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs has been awarded a grant from the New York State Department of Labor to train unemployed workers in Medical Office Administration or Medical Billing Specialist programs at Hunter Business School in Levittown. Upon program completion, Northwell Health and several other employers will interview trainees for entry-level clerical positions that offer opportunities for advancement and career pathways.


Supervisor Saladino stated, “The Town of Oyster Bay and the Workforce Development Board are committed to bolstering local employment and connecting trained unemployed workers with employers. This new initiative will help unemployed workers acquire skills in the high demand fields of Medical Office Administration and Medical Billing. I thank Hunter Business School for working with us to develop a program that helps put unemployed residents back to work.”


The 600-hour Medical Office Administration program offers a blend of classroom and hands-on training. Students learn computer data entry of patient information, patient files, filing systems and records, and billing and coding. They also gain expertise in computerized accounting using QuickBooks. In addition to courses in management and computer applications, students learn anatomy and physiology, health care administration, electronic medical records, insurance theory, and insurance claims management. Participants are trained in how to navigate Medicare, how to respond to medical emergencies, and in understanding healthcare law (e.g., Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Occupational Safety and Health Act).


The Medical Billing Specialist program is a 180-hour program that prepares students to obtain entry-level employment in medical billing and coding in hospitals, medical insurance companies, and physicians’ offices. Students learn accounts receivable, insurance billing, patient statements, superbills, appointment scheduling, procedure history, posting payments, diagnosis history, hospital rounds record-keeping, and referring doctor information.


Program graduates typically obtain entry-level employment as medical office specialists, medical file coordinators, medical billing specialists, and patient coordinators in hospitals, clinics, or physicians’ offices.


This program is coordinated by the Workforce Development Board (WDB). The Town of Oyster Bay, Town of North Hempstead and City of Glen Cove are proud members of the WDB. For more information on the program or WDB, please contact the Massapequa Career Center at (516) 797-4560 and


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‘George to the Rescue’ Recognized for Helping Plainview Family in Need

George to the RescueOyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilwoman Michele Johnson joined with the cast and crew of NBC TV show ‘George to the Rescue’ as they revealed the newly renovated, handicapped accessible home for Plainview resident Alex Goldmeir. Alex, 23, was recently paralyzed from a ski accident in February, and his spirit to overcome this challenge has been inspiring. Throughout the 6 week process of renovating the home, the Town’s Building Department worked diligently to make this process as quick and smoothly for Alex and his family as possible, to ensure that things were ready for his arrival upon completion of inpatient rehab. Supervisor Saladino and Councilwoman Johnson took special occasion to honor and recognize the cast and crew of ‘George to the Rescus’ as well as all the contractors and vendors who donated their time and efforts to make this possible.. The episode will be aired in the fall as George to the Rescue’s 100th Episode.


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Town Officials, Oyster Bay Lions Club Unveil New Overlook Beautification Project at Beekman Beach

Beekman BeachOyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Councilman Louis Imbroto and Councilman Thomas Hand recently joined with the Oyster Bay Lions Club in unveiling a new harbor overlook and beautification project at Beekman Beach in Oyster Bay.


“This is a perfect example of local government and the community working cooperatively to accomplish something meaningful and positive for the community,” said Supervisor Saladino. “The Oyster Bay Lions Club has a long and distinguished legacy of contributing to our community and this beautification project is another example of the incredible impact they have on our Town to make it a better place.”


The project, encompassing a new patio, walkway, flagpole, benches and landscaping, was completely financed and facilitated through the generous support of the Oyster Bay Lions Club. The Club raised nearly $50,000 in private donations. To enhance the project, the Town paved the parking lot and protected this precious site for residents only.


“Beekman Beach is an area that has long been appreciated by our residents for its serenity and incredibly scenic views of Oyster Bay Harbor,” said Councilman Imbroto. “This renovation project will further enhance this already beautiful park and provide amenities that will allow our residents to fully appreciate all that it has to offer.”


Councilman Hand concluded, “We are thrilled to unveil this beautification project and invite residents back to Beekman Beach for a more enjoyable experience. I thank the Oyster Bay Lions Club for their service to our community and commitment to this project. Volunteerism is what makes our community an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”


Beekman Beach is situated on the western waterfront, just west of the Town’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, Beach and Marina. For more information, please visit


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Saladino, Johnson Invite Youth to ‘City Challenge’ Race at Burns Park

Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilwoman Michele Johnson invite children to participate in a special event on Sunday, August 12th, at John Burns Town Park in Massapequa. The Long Island Youth City Challenge Race, open to ages 6-12, features a fun and challenging obstacle course with many urban elements.


“This unique obstacle course including walls to climb, cargo netting, tires, hurdles and much more,” Supervisor Saladino said. “The event is organized by City Challenge, whose mission is to help children live a healthier lifestyle by involving them in physical fitness activities.”


Councilwoman Johnson added, “This event was brought to the Town through the YOLO Strong Foundation, made up of a group of local caring mothers who have competed annually in obstacle course running events to raise money and awareness for local children’s charities. Proceeds from the event will further assist in their mission of helping local organizations.”


For additional registration information, visit Residents should enter code OYSTER BAY for an additional 15% off their registration.


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Oyster Bay Township Partners with LI Cares to Collect School Supplies for Disadvantaged Students

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that the Town of Oyster Bay will participate in Long Island Cares’ School Supply Drive. The drive, which takes place during the months of July and August, collects new and gently used school supplies for disadvantaged students.


“Children are our most precious resource and together we can help make the beginning of the school year a positive experience for Long Island’s students,” said Supervisor Saladino. “The Town is proud to partner with LI Cares to collect generous donations for this worthwhile cause.”


The most needed school supplies are: new backpacks, new lunch boxes, binders, notebooks, folders, pens, pencils, erasers, pencil cases, construction paper, foreign language dictionaries, dictionaries, loose leaf paper, printer paper, rulers, crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, tape, calculators and books.


Those interested in supporting the School Supply Drive can place donated items in drop off boxes located in the following Town of Oyster Bay locations:

  • Town Hall North – 54 Audrey Avenue – Oyster Bay
  • Town Hall South – 977 Hicksville Road – Massapequa
  • Hicksville Athletic Center – 167 S. Broadway – Hicksville
  • Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center – 1001 Stewart Avenue – Bethpage


Regular business hours for the Town locations are 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. For more information about the program residents may visit or call Esther Alter in the Town’s Public Information Office at (516) 624-6380.


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Residents Urged to Help Fulfill Blood Shortage by Donating on August 2nd

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Joseph Muscarella today announced that the Town will host a Blood Drive on Thursday, August 2nd, to help hospitals meet the ongoing and pressing need for blood donations. The Blood Drive will take place between 9am and 3pm at Town Hall North (54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay) and between 9:30am and 3:30pm at Town Hall South (977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa).


“Blood supplies can easily dwindle during the summer months, so blood drives like this are critical to help hospitals meet demand and continue their life-saving mission,” said Supervisor Saladino. “I urge all those eligible to participate and help support our efforts, as blood banks need to be prepared, so that as many people as possible can be helped.”


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 received a tattoo within the past 12 months is ineligible to donate. It is recommended that volunteers eat well (low fat) and drink fluids in the days before the Blood Drive.


“We are in the midst of an emergency blood shortage and this is why people should always donate whenever they can. Donating blood is a quick, easy, and safe process, and the pint of blood you donate will never be missed from your body, as it is quickly reproduced within your body,” Councilman Muscarella added. “If you have family members or friends willing to donate, please ask them to support our effort this year, as there is no danger of contracting any diseases, and each pint of blood donated can be used to help three different people.”


Refreshments will be provided for all who donate blood. For additional information regarding the Town’s Blood Drive, contact Nancy Haarstick at (516) 624-6304 or visit the Town’s website at


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Town Breaks Ground at New Education Annex at Historic Raynham Hall

Raynham Hall Education AnnexOyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Councilwoman Michele Johnson and State Senator Carl Marcellino joined today with members of the Raynham Hall Museum to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new Education Annex, which will allow the museum to extend the public’s access to local history during the Revolutionary War.


“The preservation of our history and the ability to educate our children on the past is so incredibly important in the Town of Oyster Bay and we are blessed with historical treasures such as the Raynham Hall Museum,” stated Supervisor Saladino. “Raynham Hall is visited by thousands of students each year, often as part of their studies on the Revolutionary War. I am proud to assist Raynham Hall with their efforts and do our small part to ensuring the preservation of our local history.”


At Raynham Hall Museum, visitors who step through the doors feel like they have actually gone back in time to nearly 300 years ago, to an important time in our nation’s history. The museum currently hosts informative guided tours where visitors learn about Robert Townsend, the most valuable member of George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring, who called Raynham Hall home. The Hall is also home to America’s first Valentine. With the addition of the new Education Annex, the museum’s preservation efforts will continue, and allow museum operators to educate the general public in ways they could not before.


“This new addition will enhance the overall experience for all visitors and open Raynham Hall to larger groups and programs,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “I’m so happy to celebrate this groundbreaking as this new Education Annex will only help the museum’s efforts in preserving this important part of our history. The Town is proud to be able to help provide a fine facility such as Raynham Hall with the support needed to help maintain and grow such important programs.”


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