Located along Bayville Avenue, Soundside Beach Park in Bayville features...

Located along Bayville Avenue, Soundside Beach Park in Bayville features a small stretch of beach on the Long Island Sound, a volleyball court, and playground. The park is only open to Bayville residents. (July 10, 2013) Credit: Tara Conry

Sandy beaches, stunning views of the Long Island Sound, and an amusement park. This is how I will be spending the next week. No, I won’t be cashing in any vacations days, but rather I’ll be working in a place just about 30 minutes from Newsday’s Melville office: Bayville.

The village of Bayville is only 1.5 square miles and it’s almost completely surrounded by water, so as you can imagine the water plays a crucial role in the lives of the roughly 6,600 residents who call it home. The community’s most famous resident, who I had the chance to speak with Saturday night, said he was “living in heaven,” when speaking of his beachfront Bayville home. (You’ll hear more from him this week, but you can take your guess on his identity now in the comment section.)

From Monday to Friday, July 15 to July 19, I will be working on uncovering stories that showcase the character of Bayville, as well as some of its biggest characters. I’ll be meeting with Bayville Mayor Douglas Watson, touring the Bayville Historical Museum and enjoying storytime at the beach, which the Bayville Free Library hosts several times a week.

It should no doubt be an interesting week and I hope you’ll join me on the journey. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @TaraKConry, and visit Newsday.com, where I’ll be posting stories and photo galleries of all my adventures.

I’d also love to hear your suggestions of places I should visit, restaurants and activities I should try and interesting people I should seek out within the community. You can also send me questions that you’ve always had about Bayville and I will do my best to track down the answers. You can email me at Tara.Conry@Newsday.com.

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