Oakdale Civic Association
Post Office Box #415
Oakdale, New York  11769

 

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Oakdale Civic Association

Meeting Summary

May 2012 

By Carol Schwasnick

President, Oakdale Civic Association 

Following are highlights of our April 09 meeting:

  • The theme of this month’s meeting was cultural arts and we welcomed members of the Board of Directors from Kids for Kids Productions, a children’s theater group, as our guest speakers.  Rich Spera and others gave an overview and a bit of history of Kids for Kids which has been operating for 35 years – since 1977 – and has had various homes including an original few in the Port Jefferson Station area, more recently at Airport Playhouse.  For the past year they have been staging their productions right here in Oakdale, in St. John University’s Centennial Hall.  Their most recent production was Seussical the Musical which ran the first weekend in May, and their next is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which will run in August with open auditions coming soon.  The Kids for Kids Board brought a large contingent of young performers with them to our meeting, who very generously staged two numbers from Suessical so the Civic membership could get a taste of the quality of their work – which was very entertaining.  Their full cast totaled 53 children ranging in age from 5 to 17.   In addition to their productions, Kids for Kids is holding a 3-week Theater Arts Camp this summer on the St. John’s campus – something that may be interesting to young aspiring performers here in Oakdale.  For more information you can visit Kids for Kids online at http://www.kidsforkidsproductions.org/
  • The membership brought to light some concerns about the quality of the curb/sidewalk/drainage project along Montauk Hwy.  The intersection of Oakdale Bohemia Road has been nearing completion, and flooding had been noted during heavy rains – and recent corrective action in the form of an additional drain has been noted.  In addition, the installation of signs along certain stretches of new sidewalk appears to seriously interfere with pedestrian use, aside from being unattractive.  The Civic is in the process of reaching out to Suffolk County, who is running the project – to get further information on these project details and to express concerns directly to them. 
  • An update on the plans for the St. John’s campus was given, and includes the fact that they have work out to bid for stabilization work to certain historic structures on the campus such as the Lake House that sits on Montauk Hwy., as well as the Boat House.  In addition, at the request of the community St. John’s is working on development of a web page that will provide information on progress and a work timeline for the Oakdale Campus.
  • The Civic Membership approved funding of $150 for the annual planting event that member Ray Carta coordinates in conjunction with Linda Hart and the Oakdale Improvement Society.  The planting event will take place at the Oakdale Train Station on Saturday June 9 at 10am.  All are welcome to come down and help with the beautification – bring your gloves and gardening tools.  The Oakdale Improvement Society is also responsible for the new American Flags that are lining Montauk Hwy through Oakdale – they look great!
  • Our next meeting will be Monday June 11, 7:30pm at St. John’s University, 500 Montauk Hwy in Oakdale.  Thanks to all the new members who have recently joined! Membership is $20/year per household – please consider joining and getting involved.

 

Oakdale Civic Association,
P.O. Box 415, Oakdale NY  11769    

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