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Last Updated: April 21, 2015
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Oyster Bay Harbor Clean-up

On Saturday, April 25, the Town of Oyster Bay, the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association (NOBBA) and Friends of the Bay will, once again, join forces to sponsor the annual Oyster Bay Harbor Fall Cleanup Day, according to Town Councilman Anthony Macagnone.

“For over twenty years, Town employees and volunteers have rolled up their sleeves and completed a thorough cleanup of beaches and shoreline areas along Oyster Bay harbor,” Councilman Macagnone stated. “All day people walk along the shoreline collecting debris, picking up trash, and even working from boats, cleaning up trash and discarded boats. This annual Cleanup Day is an inspiration to residents, to help preserve the precious ecology of one of the Town’s crown jewels, Oyster Bay Harbor.”

Councilman Macagnone went on to say that volunteers are being sought to participate in the cleanup, which will run from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM Individuals and groups who are interested can get further information by calling the Town’s Department of Environmental Resources at 677-5853. Volunteers are also welcome to sign up the day of the event. The central meeting place will be Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park launching ramps, Larrabee Avenue, Oyster Bay.
“By the end of each year, tons of paper, food, plastics and other trash are left on beaches or dumped overboard from recreational and commercial vessels. Contrary to what people may believe, debris does not immediately disintegrate, but actually takes weeks, months or even years,” Councilman Macagnone stated. “The longer this litter remains on our shorelines, the greater the damage will be to the environment.

“If you swim, boat or fish in Oyster Bay Harbor, or just want to help protect and enhance the beauty and environmental integrity of this beautiful waterway, I invite you to join us on April 25th,” Councilman Macagnone said. “If you can’t stay for the entire day, even a couple of hours will make a difference. Cleanup events like this will help to preserve our environment for your enjoyment and the enjoyment of generations to come.”



BRUCE, Peter Andrew, of Locust Valley, on April 17, age 79. Peter was a photographer for the Scottish Daily Express. He enlisted in the RAF and upon completion of his service he came to the USA on the original Queen Mary in steerage. Peter became a United States citizen soon after arriving in NY. He was a hard worker and started his career at the Piping Rock Country Club. He then went on to become a purchasing agent for the east and west coasts for a large department store. He then became Deputy Commissioner of General Services for Nassau County. He was a 4th degree Knight at the Knights of Columbus and past Grand Knight of the Thomas Connelly Council. He was an active Republican Committee man and past treasurer of the Locust Valley Republican Club. He has traveled all over the world. He was a faithful husband to his wife Joan. Loving father of Roy, Peter, Bryan, Eileen and Alexander. Proud grandfather of 15. Visitation at the Funeral Home of Dodge-Thomas Glen Cove. Mass at St. Gertrude's RC Church Bayville. His final resting place will be at Locust Valley Cemetery.

CATARASO, Claire F., on April 14, age 85, of Hallandale Beach FL, formerly of Oyster Bay. Beloved wife of the late Salvatore. Loving mother of Patricia Bono (Charles), Dolores Capace (Robert Haubert) and the late John. Cherished grandmother of Lisa Winter (Charles), and Michael Capace (Antonella). Proud great grandmother of Charlise Winter, GraceAnn Winter, Emma Capace, and Michael Capace. Internment Calverton National Cemetery.

GALLAGHER, John Silas T., December 9, 1931 - April 18, 2015. We are deeply saddened to announce that John S.T. Gallagher passed away peacefully at his home in Palm Beach on Saturday, April 18. He was born on December 9, 1931, in Jackson Heights, New York of Mercedes Wright Gallagher and Thomas Gallagher, Sr. He attended Xavier High School and graduated with a BS in Business Administration from Holy Cross College and a Masters of Science, Epidemiology and Public Health from Yale University. As a great visionary with a caring heart, he embarked on his career in the health care industry and, as he would say, "gave birth" to the North Shore Health System.  Ultimately, as Chief Executive of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, John Gallagher did more than any single individual to mold the Long Island hospital market, as referenced in the Newsday article "100 Who Shaped a Century". After changing careers in his 30s, leaving the family tire business to study public health at Yale University, the Queens native had been driven by a vision of a superior health care system that would not only survive the assault of profit-driven managed care companies but thrive and deliver charity care to the poor as well. Gallagher, a workaholic with an affable nature, joined the administrative staff at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset in 1963 as an intern. He was appointed Executive Vice President in 1982.  In the 1990s, when managed care started making inroads into New York, Gallagher began hatching a plan to develop an integrated health care system, joining multiple hospitals and care facilities that could span a broad geographic area, achieve economies of scale and, most important, be able to exercise muscle in rate negotiations with insurance companies and HMOs. More recently, he merged the North Shore Health System with the Long Island Jewish Medical Center to create the North Shore-LIJ Health System, a powerhouse of 18 hospitals and numerous outpatient centers that stretches from Suffolk to Staten Island. It is no exaggeration to say that Jack Gallagher's vision is one of the reasons that the North Shore-LIJ Health System exists today. After his retirement, he remained active, serving on many boards. When Jack was not playing the piano or painting, he would be on the water enjoying his boat. He is survived by his wife, Aileen O'Halloran Gallagher, 6 children: John, Grace, Robert, Louise, Thomas and Paul, 7 step children, 27 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. For his friendship, for his wisdom, for his deep sense of caring, he will be missed. Visitation will be at Oyster Bay Funeral Home on Thursday, April 23 from 3-5 & 7-9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Gertrude RC Church in Bayville, on Friday, April 24 at 10 AM. Internment is private.

SMITH, Mary E. (nee Geyer), peacefully at home on April 15, age 90, of East Norwich, formerly of Valley Stream, NY. Beloved mother of Rita S. Hirschfield (Robert), and Gregory S. Smith (Jean). Devoted sister of Rita M. Geyer, and the late William Geyer and George Geyer. Loving grandmother of Jeanne Kingsley (Harold), Christen Nyarady (Kevin), Michael Hirschfield (Christina), Kathryn Vesce (Ryan), Daniel Smith, and Alexander Smith. Cherished great grandmother of Cannon Kingsley, Austin Kingsley, William Hirschfield, Ava Vesce, Alexander Hirschfield, Maylin Vesce, Blakely and Andrew Nyarady, and Derek Nyarady. Also survived by many loving of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Interment St. Charles Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas, 66675 would be appreciated. For further information