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Spring Splendor welcomed in Oyster Bay

Planters were available for sponsorship Monday night during

Planters were available for sponsorship Monday night during the Oyster Bay/East Norwich Chamber of Commerce's Spring Splendor event. (May 2, 2011) Credit: Mary Kate Mahoney

Beautification was the theme for Monday night’s second annual Spring Splendor fundraiser, held by the Oyster Bay/East Norwich Chamber of Commerce, and the showroom of Dodds & Eder, a garden company, in Oyster Bay was an appropriate setting. Residents, business owners and Chamber members gathered to raise funds for potted and hanging plants that will line streets and decorate lampposts throughout the downtown area.

“It’s important that everyone helps in any way they can,” said Dottie Simons, president of retail sales for Dodds & Eder and head of the beautification committee for the Chamber of Commerce. “We can use all the support we can get.”

More than 50 people turned out for the event, which was catered by local restaurants. Dining stations arranged within the showroom gave the impression of a picnic served throughout an eclectic backyard garden.

A variety of dishes, from pastas to seafood to pastries, were on display from restaurants representing Oyster Bay’s culinary spectrum. Staples like Angelina’s, which has been serving the community for nearly 30 years, shared the floor with recent additions to the neighborhood like Gulden’s Café, a French-inspired bistro that opened its doors just last week.

Guests sampled the delicacies and sipped locally produced wine as they mingled with neighbors and business owners. The conversations were interrupted briefly for a presentation about the event’s goals. Sponsorships were available for 34 hanging plants and 67 large floor planters at $100 each. The names of individual donors or business sponsors will be engraved on plaques on the planters.

Before the night even began, several plants had been sponsored. John Debellis, owner of Debellis and Sons Inc., a construction, asphalt and paving company based in Oyster Bay, sponsored a planter.

“We’re doing everything we can to beautify this area,” Debellis said. “It’s what we should do for the neighborhood.”

For information on sponsoring a plant or joining the Chamber, call 516-922-6464 or visit

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