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Councilwoman Michele Johnson Announces Registration Dates for Upcoming Pilates Class

Residents looking for a fun activity to keep themselves fit and active during the colder months are invited to register for the Town of Oyster Bay’s Pilates class, a 10-week program beginning on Saturday, March 3rd. The weekly sessions will be held Saturdays thereafter from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., according to Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson. The Town’s Pilates program is for individuals 18 years of age or older and will be held at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center Community Room located at Bethpage Community Park.


“Pilates is a mind-body intervention that focuses on strength, core stability, flexibility, muscle control, posture, and breathing,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “It is also a low impact workout that is easy on your joints. If you haven’t tried this unique form of exercise, this Town program may just be the perfect opportunity to experience its many benefits.”


Registration for the Pilates class will take place at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center (1001 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage) on Saturday, February 3 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday, February 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, February 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The fee for the program is $60 for residents and $70 for non-residents. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Town of Oyster Bay. Proof of residency is required and availability is limited. Town residents will be given first preference. If a session is cancelled due to inclement weather, make up days will be attempted.


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


The class is designed for beginners and intermediates. Participants are asked to bring their own ½ inch to 1 inch thick mats, as Pilates equipment will not be provided.


For more information about Pilates or other Town fitness programs, residents are invited to call the Town’s Department of Parks at 516-733-8418.


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Councilwoman Alesia Selected to Participate in Molloy College’s Energeia Partnership

Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Rebecca M. Alesia has been selected to participate in Molloy College’s Energeia Partnership, a leadership academy that brings together a diverse group of ethical leaders from Long Island’s public, private and not-for-profit sectors. The purpose of the partnership is to help address the region’s most complex issues: education; institutional racism; poverty and the working poor; land use; energy; transportation; healthcare; and media relations.


“It is truly an honor to be selected to participate in such a prestigious, cutting-edge and innovative program,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “I consider the Energeia Partnership a catalyst for positive change and look forward to joining with my colleagues in developing solutions toward some of the most serious multi-dimensional challenges facing Long Island.” Also known as the Academy for Regional Stewardship at Molloy College, Energeia is committed to educating leaders for the benefit of all people who live and work on Long Island. Each year, the program assembles a “class” of no more than 50 ethical, proven leaders that participate in a dynamic, two-year academy featuring a series of one-day programs, each focusing on a particular issue.


Participants in the Energeia Partnership will focus on achieving excellence in empowering the Long Island region with leaders able and willing to serve as trustees; leaders who act with integrity on behalf of the common good. Participants will add their own unique perspectives to the group and collectively learn about different strategies to accomplish the region’s goals of bettering Long Island for generations to come.


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Councilwoman Johnson Announces Upgrades at Town Pools This Summer

Oyster Bay Town residents can expect some upgrades at Town pools this summer, according to Town Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson.


“As a mother with young children, I appreciate the opportunity our pools bring for our children to recreate and keep cool all summer long,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “Spending a day at one of our Town pools provides a wonderful way to connect with family and friends while enjoying the amenities provided at our top-rate facilities.”


“Residents visiting our community pools, including Marjorie R. Post in Massapequa, Syosset-Woodbury, Bethpage, and Plainview-Old Bethpage, will see some enhancements as we prepare for the swimming season,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “Upgrades will include new chairs throughout all facilities, both lounge chairs and stackable dining chairs.”


The Councilwoman further noted that all community pool locations will be receiving new accessories to assist those looking to shield from the sun.


“All pool decks will be receiving 50×20 foot cantilever sun shades, which will allow those looking for a break from the sun to enjoy some relaxing time in one of our new lounge chairs,” Councilwoman Johnson said.


Councilwoman Johnson noted that pools will be open from June 24 through Labor Day. Registration for season memberships is currently underway. Starting June 24, registration will take place during normal hours of operation.


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May 25th: Town of Oyster Bay to Host Community Meeting on Rezoning of Downtown Hicksville

The Town of Oyster Bay is taking the next step in a process which should bring some exciting changes to the downtown Hicksville area, and will host a public meeting on Thursday, May 25th, at 7pm at Hicksville High School to further discuss proposed rezoning of the Downtown area, Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia announced.


“Over the past few years, it’s been my pleasure to engage with the Hicksville community in constructive dialogue about ways to revitalize the Downtown area,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “Along with the recent start of the $121 million project to renovate the Hicksville railroad station, the Town is looking to move forward with the rezoning of the Downtown area. I invite members of the community to come down and contribute to the discussion by participating in the next public meeting that the Town will be hosting on Thursday, May 25, at 7pm at Hicksville High School.


Councilwoman Alesia noted that zoning establishes a framework of regulations to guide land development in a given area, including the types of uses and physical dimensions of buildings that are permitted. Following a series of successful public meetings, a refined zoning concept had been drafted and was presented for the public’s consideration, and was posted to the Town’s website.


“At this meeting, Town representatives will provide a brief overview of the draft proposal for zoning changes in the Downtown, followed by questions and input from residents,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “No final decisions have been made regarding the future of Downtown Hicksville, so please come down to the meeting and take advantage of the opportunity to help shape our future, as we will be taking all perspectives into account in developing a final zoning proposal, which will then be submitted to the Town Board for consideration.”


For more information, contact Councilwoman Alesia’s office at (516) 624-6302 or visit the Town’s website,


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Councilwoman Alesia Warns Residents: Don’t be a Victim of Phone Scams

Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Rebecca M. Alesia is urging residents to be alert to the increase of reported telephone scams intent on extracting personal information and money from the unsuspecting. According to Councilwoman Alesia, the most common scams recently reported often involve scammers posing as officials from the Internal Revenue Service, the Attorney General’s Office or other widely recognized agency and frequently target seniors, students, and first-generation Americans. Scammers have also been known to pose as family members in trouble and seeking money.


“The last thing families need is to be scammed out of their hard-earned money,” said Councilwoman Alesia. “It is shameful that scam artists target people with bogus threats and scare tactics, but awareness and following some basic tips can help you fight back and stay safe.”


Councilwoman Alesia said residents can avoid becoming a phone scam victim by only giving out personal information on the phone when you have initiated the call.


“Never give out personal information when you receive an unsolicited call no matter what the caller ID indicates,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “Also beware if a caller asks to keep a conversation a secret. If a caller claims to be from the government, a bank, or a family member, requests for confidentiality should immediately raise credibility concerns.”


You don’t need to be polite when you receive a questionable unsolicited call. The safest course of action is to say “No” and simply hang up.


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers the following tips to residents who fall victim to scam phone calls:


  • Hang up the phone. Don’t press 1 to speak to a live operator or any other key to take your number off the list.
  • Consider asking your phone company whether they charge for blocking phone numbers.
  • Report your experience to the FTC online or by calling 1-888-382-1222.


“Remember that it is better to be overly guarded than to fall victim,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “Be skeptical of any offer or deal that sounds too good to be true, because it probably is.”


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Councilwoman Alesia Invites Residents to Register for Spring Adult Co-Ed Badminton & Volleyball Programs

Spring is here and residents are invited to take part in the Town of Oyster Bay’s Summer Adult Co-Ed Badminton and Adult Co-Ed Volleyball Programs, according to Town Councilwoman Rebecca M. Alesia. The programs are open to those 18 and older and will be held at the Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center.


The volleyball program starts on Tuesday, April 4 and will be conducted on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The badminton program starts on Thursday, April 6 and will be held on Thursdays and Sundays from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9 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.


“The Adult Co-Ed Badminton Program and the Adult Volleyball Program provide a healthy and competitive atmosphere for residents to enjoy throughout the springtime,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “ The beginning of spring makes for an ideal opportunity to increase your health as well as have fun while doing it. These programs not only offers residents health benefits but a social outlet for making new friends.”


Councilwoman Alesia noted that registration for both programs will take place at the Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center, 167 Broadway in Hicksville, on Tuesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 23 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 25 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.


For further information, contact the Hicksville Athletic Center at (516) 733-8418.


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Councilwoman Alesia Announces Children’s Magical Music & More Events for March

The Town of Oyster Bay’s Children’s Magical Music & More program will feature three excellent performances in March beginning with “Central Park Zoo: Butterfly Boogie,” a musical, interactive performance that counters the common perception of bugs being gross and introduces students to metamorphosis and the interdependence of plants and animals. Butterfly Boogie will be held at the Locust Valley Public Library, located at 170 Buckram Road, Locust Valley on Saturday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m. and is free to all Town residents, Councilwoman Rebecca M. Alesia announced.


“Throughout the year, the Town’s Children’s Magical Music & More program provides quality entertainment to families and children around the Town of Oyster Bay free of charge,” Councilwoman Alesia stated. “Butterfly Boogie is just one of the many Children’s Magical Music & More performances offered by the program this year. Seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis and each event is recommended for children four years of age and older.”


Councilwoman Alesia went on to say that the second Children’s Magical Music & More performance in March would be face painter Christopher Agostino’s “StoryFaces”. StoryFaces is an exciting and unusual storytelling show where volunteers are brought on stage and are face painted to illustrate stories as Christopher tells them, captivating the audience with folktales and his uniquely animated original stories. This performance will take place on Sunday, March 12, at 1:00 p.m. at the Massapequa Public Library located at 40 Harbor Lane, in Massapequa.


The third and final Children’s Magical Music & More performance scheduled for March will be a performance by talented juggler; Jester Jim. Audience members of all ages will be glued to every sound of Jester Jim’s performance. With a trunk full of props and a looping machine, Jester Jim takes the stage and starts his show with an amazing beatbox intro. Jester Jim is scheduled to perform on Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hicksville Public Library, located on 169 Jerusalem Ave, Hicksville.


The Children’s Magical Music & More 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 call 797-7900 or visit the Town’s website


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Councilwoman Alesia Invites Residents to ‘Learn to Skate’

Registration for Learn to Skate Series 4 Begins on February 13


Town of Oyster Bay residents are invited to “Learn to Skate” this March by registering for skating lessons at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center, located at Bethpage Community Park, 1001 Stewart Ave, Bethpage, according to Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Rebecca M. Alesia.


“Throughout the year, the ice skating center offers classes for residents who enjoy skating. Whether you are interested in sharpening your skating abilities or just skating recreationally, these ‘Learn to Skate’ lessons may be just what you are looking for,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “Registration for Series 4 (March 6 through April 29) begins on Monday, February 13. Those interested can register at the rink, online ( or by phone at (516) 797-4126.”


The “Learn to Skate” program offers group skating lessons to beginners through advanced levels. Skaters are paired based on age and skill, ranging from pre-school and basic skills through advanced levels. The program is for eight weeks with the exception of Sundays. Classes are for six weeks and all classes are 30 minutes in length. For residents, the fee is $149 for the session. For non-residents the fee is $189. The “Learn to Skate” schedule is: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to Noon, Saturdays from 11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. and Sundays from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will be no classes on April 16 in observance of Easter Sunday.


Registration costs include admission into the session for which you are registered on the day of the lesson. Membership in the United States Figure Skating (USFS) Basic Skills Program; USFS record book for new members, and stickers and USFS Badges upon mastering of each level. There will be no refunds or makeups and skate rental is not included in price. Helmets, gloves or mittens and warm layers are recommended for all skaters.


“Students enrolled in the Rinx’s Skating School are guided by qualified professionals governed by US Figure Skating, USA Hockey and Professional Skaters Association. This group of professional instructors focuses on educating and learning the fundamentals of ice skating while placing a major emphasis on having fun,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “The Town is happy to provide excellent skating programs that are enjoyable for skaters of all ages.”


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Councilwoman Alesia Announces Annual Town ‘Holiday on Ice Show’ to be Held December 17

Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Rebecca M. Alesia is pleased to announce that the Town of Oyster Bay’s Annual Holiday on Ice Show will be held on Saturday, December 17, starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center. Students from the Town’s Ice Skating Program will present a captivating skating exhibition to celebrate the holiday season. Admission is free.


“This highly anticipated event has become a holiday tradition for many Town residents and is truly a special evening of family fun,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “The students in the Town’s ice skating program are amazingly talented and are sure to entertain the audience. The Holiday on Ice Show will also feature other highly accomplished skaters who are sure to dazzle the audience with their grace and skill.”


In addition to figure skating, there will be other holiday themed activities including an exhibition hockey game between the Elves and the Reindeer, which are two teams with players from the Town of Oyster Bay Tot Hockey program. And the star of the season, Santa Claus, will make his annual visit to the Ice Skating Center. Santa will skate a lap or two around the rink and then will be available to visit with children and take pictures afterwards. “The Holiday on Ice Show has become a big attraction at the Town’s Ice Skating Center,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “I encourage all residents to join us for a magical and fun-filled evening.”


Councilwoman Alesia said the Ice Skating Center, which for many years has been named as “A Best of Long Island” award winner, features a pro shop for shoppers seeking a gift for hockey players and figure skaters on their lists. There is also a fireplace for visitors to spend a relaxing moment and perhaps enjoy refreshments from the snack bar. “Imagine the enjoyment a family will have watching a holiday show, and then enjoying hot chocolate while sitting by a fireplace,” said Councilwoman Alesia. “This is a great family holiday event, and admission is free.”


In keeping with this time of the year being “the season of giving,” those attending the show are asked to bring two non-perishable food items, which will be collected by Island Harvest, an organization committed to ending hunger on Long Island. In addition, the Town will also again take part in the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” Program. Holiday greeting cards will be available in the lobby for guests to fill out, which will be sent to our troops. “It’s our way of thanking our men and women in the armed forces and letting them know their extraordinary service is not forgotten during the holiday season,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “Our freedom to enjoy the holiday season is the direct result of their dedicated service.”


The Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center is located in Bethpage Community Park, at 1001 Stewart Avenue in Bethpage. Due to the Holiday on Ice Show, the public skating sessions at the Center, which are normally held from 1 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., will be cancelled that evening. However, the Town’s two outdoor rinks, located at Marjorie R. Post Community Park in Massapequa and at Syosset-Woodbury Park will be open. Visit for more information.


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Nomination Forms Available for Town’s Annual ‘Women of Distinction’ Awards Program

Oyster Bay Town Councilwomen Rebecca M. Alesia and Michele M. Johnson announced that the Town is accepting nomination forms for the annual “Women of Distinction” awards program.


“Each year, the Town recognizes exceptional recipients in each of eight categories,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “Since the program’s inception, the Town is privileged to have honored more than 140 designees.”


“The Town Board recognizes the winners at a special ceremony held in honor of women’s history month,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “Nominees can either live or work in the Town of Oyster Bay.”


The Councilwomen noted that nomination forms have been mailed to local community organizations, all local libraries, and are available on the Town’s website, by CLICKING HERE. Anybody is welcome to submit an application, including those who have done so in the past and whose candidates were not selected.


Women who either live or work in the Town of Oyster Bay may be nominated in the following categories:


  • Arts: Woman who has contributed to the cultural life of the community through theatre, dance, music, art or literature.
  • Business: Professional woman in a position as owner, CEO or high-level manager of a business or industry.
  • Community and Civic Affairs: A leader, supervisor, administrator, manager or member who has made a contribution to the community.
  • Education: A woman educator, administrator or director of a public or private institution of learning who has been outstanding in the field.
  • Government: Woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the community through her work in or with local government.
  • Health Services: Individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the health services field.
  • Humanitarian: An outstanding woman who has made a contribution to the community. This individual may or may not be affiliated with a commercial, professional or non-profit agency or group.
  • Volunteer: A woman who has made an outstanding contribution in serving the needs of others.


“As representatives on the Town Board, we are proud that the Women of Distinction program continues to be a strong tradition in our Town,” the Councilwomen said. “Each women honored stands as a role model for young women throughout the Town of Oyster Bay.”


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