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Hand Invites Artists to Display Work at Rotational Exhibits

Oyster Bay Town Councilman Thomas P. Hand invites residents to participate in the Town’s 45th Annual Rotational Art Exhibit Program, which will take place throughout 2019. The program allows local artists to display their work in local libraries, banks, government offices and local businesses on a monthly “rotational” basis.


“Through this program, local businesses around the Town get the opportunity to join in supporting local artists, while providing patrons with the pleasure of viewing artwork in a setting they normally wouldn’t. This integration ultimately benefits both sectors and helps spread a passion for the arts,” Councilman Hand said. “This program not only features the diverse works of new artists, but also some of the most accomplished artists from the area.”


The Town of Oyster Bay is currently looking for new artists and businesses to participate in the 2019 program. The Rotational Art Exhibit Program allows local businesses a unique opportunity to position themselves at the intersection of industry and art. The program is free for both artists and businesses. The deadline for artist applicants who wish to be considered for the program is October 17. The deadline for venues who wish to display artwork on a rotational basis is October 31.


For more information, including a copy of the program application, visit the Town’s website,, or call the Town of Oyster Bay’s Department of Community and Youth Services at (516) 797-7932.


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Councilman Hand Announces Registration for Spring Co-Ed Fitness Classes

Councilman Thomas P. Hand invites residents interested in maintaining or improving their levels of fitness to participate in the Town of Oyster Bay’s popular Co-Ed Fitness Classes, which return this April. The spring fitness classes are for individuals 18 years of age or older and will be held at the Hicksville Athletic Center.


“These fitness programs provide a terrific form of aerobic exercise that builds strength as well as increases general flexibility,” said Councilman Hand. “Zumba, Yoga and Pilates are very popular programs that give residents an outlet to enjoy exercising and staying in shape, all while meeting new people.”


Registration for the three programs will take place at the Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center, 167 Broadway in Hicksville, on Monday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 7th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 10th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 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. Each program is 10 weeks in length with a fee of $60 for residents and $70 for non-residents.


Zumba classes will hold two sessions. Residents can choose one session, either Mondays (starting Monday, April 9th from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) or Wednesdays (beginning Wednesday, April 11th from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.).


Pilates classes will hold two sessions. Residents can choose one session, either Mondays (starting Monday, April 9th from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.) or Wednesdays (beginning Wednesday, April 11th from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m).


Yoga classes will be offered in four sessions. Residents can choose one session. Options include Tuesdays (starting Tuesday, April 10th, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.), Wednesday’s (starting Wednesday, April 11th, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.), Saturdays (starting Saturday April 14th, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.) or Sundays (starting Sunday, April 15th, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.).


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


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Councilman Hand: Oyster Bay Town Extends Building Permit Amnesty Program

The Town of Oyster Bay has extended its innovative and wildly successful building permit amnesty initiative designed to allow residents to obtain the necessary permits required on building improvements previously done to their homes, without incurring stringent penalties, Oyster Bay Town Councilman Thomas P. Hand announced. The program has been extended through December 31, 2017.


“The runaway success of this program has been the catalyst behind offering this extension to our residents through the end of the year,” Councilman Hand said. “During the next several months, residents with these existing improvements will be able to simply follow the normal application and inspection procedure. The standard fees will cover the entire process. All residential homeowners are eligible, including landlords of residential rental properties.”


Councilman Hand went on to note that the amnesty program addresses both public safety concerns and homeowner convenience. “The Town requires building permits on home improvements because the work needs to done in accordance to standards and codes,” Councilman Hand said. “These standards ensure that construction on your home meets workmanship and safety requirements. The building permit process is not the time to cut corners. Quality workmanship that meets legal building codes is a wise investment, creates peace of mind and ultimately saves time and money down the road. This will be especially important when a resident needs to sell or refinance their home and they do not have the proper approvals.”


To begin the process for a building permit, residents can call the Town of Oyster Bay’s Department of Planning and Development’s Building Division at 516-624-6200, where you will be directed through the process. They can also visit the building department at Town Hall North in Oyster Bay (74 Audrey Avenue) or its newly designated location at Town Hall South in Massapequa (977 Hicksville Road). The new location makes it equally convenient for both north and south shore residents. Residents can also visit the Town’s website for more information.


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Councilman Hand Announces Third S.T.O.P. Collection Day: June 10

The third of eight 2017 Household Hazardous Waste Disposal (S.T.O.P.-Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) and E-Waste (Electronic Waste) Collection day for Oyster Bay Town residents is scheduled for Saturday, June 10, and will be held at the Old Bethpage Solid Waste Disposal Complex, located at 101 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Road, in Old Bethpage according to Town Councilman Thomas P. Hand.


“Residents can take the opportunity to use the Town’s hazardous waste collection dates to discard potentially harmful materials in a guaranteed safe manner,” Councilman Hand said. “One of the top priorities for the Oyster Bay Town Board is the protection of our environment, a vital component to our water supply. Each year, the S.T.O.P program makes significant progress towards ensuring that goal.”


The Councilman noted that hours for hazardous waste collection are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Town’s Solid Waste Complex. For more information on the S.T.O.P. program, call 677-5943 or visit


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