Friends of the Bay coming events for 2019…

Beach Cleanup on June 2nd

Our Speaker Series continues on June 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Past Events…

On May 10, Friends of the Bay celebrated Launch the Season with their biggest fundraiser of the year at Sanctuary Home & Patio.

This year, the honoree was former State Senator Carl Marcellino. He served as a state senator from 1995 to 2018. As chairman of the Oyster Bay Western Waterfront Committee, he obtained state funding to purchase and make accessible five acres of waterfront property in the Town of Oyster Bay. He also advocated for the designation of 300 acres at SUNY Old Westbury for permanent preservation as open space land. He was a founding member of the State Advisory Board of the National Environmental Policy Institute; and he was the prime sponsor of the Brownfield/Superfund Reform Law and the Pesticide Notification Law. Senator Marcellino was a vocal opponent of the plan to construct a tunnel under Long Island Sound. Before serving in the Senate, he served as Oyster Bay Town Clerk for seven years. Most recently, he was elected president-elect of the Oyster Bay Rotary, and he will be working on the upcoming Oysterfest in October 2019.

Friends of the Bay continues to be at the forefront of marine conservation and preservation. Their core water quality monitoring program is in its 21st year, and they will once again be participating in Save the Sound’s Unified Water Study. Outreach efforts include their Speaker Series, monthly cleanups as well as presentations at local civic and community groups. Friends of the Bay was founded because of its advocacy work and that continues today as they serve as watchdogs of activity on the estuary.

For information about sponsoring or donating to future Launch the Season events, email

Speaker Series

April 17 – Dr. Alison Branco – Coastal Adaptation: Harnessing the Power of Nature to Protect People

March 26 – Rusty Schmidt – How to Use Long Island Native Plants to Protect Wildlife