Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto (kneeling, center) joined NY Rangers alum Brian Mullen (back row, left) and Town of Oyster Bay Hockey Ambassador Buzz Deschamps (back row, right), in celebrating the Town’s ‘Try Hockey for Free’ Program, a joint initiative with the New York Rangers, that gives youngsters throughout the Town the unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. The event was held at the Town’s Ice Skating Center in Bethpage with hundreds of children and parent’s in attendance.
All Oyster Bay Town ice rinks will offer extended sessions during the holiday season, through Jan. 1, according to Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone.
“Skaters in the town have the option of skating in the great outdoors at Marjorie R. Post Community Park rink in Massapequa and at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park rink or indoor at the state-of-the art Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park,” Councilman Macagnone said. “Admission prices make it a great value for your recreation dollar.”
Town of Oyster Bay residents and their families are invited to come out and kick off the holiday season by attending the third annual free Holiday on Ice Show at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center. On Saturday, Dec. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., the center’s skating students will do choreographed routines to music.
Admission is free but residents are encouraged to help others by donating two canned goods, which will be collected at the event by Island Harvest.
Some of the country’s most outstanding skating talent will be performing at the show, adding their own artistic flair to the evening’s festivities. Among those expected to perform will be Senior Ladies National Competitor Joelle Forte, Junior National Pairs Medalists Darbie Burke and Griffin Schwab and Junior National Competitor Emmy Ma.
Long Island Fight for Charity (LIFFC) hosted nearly 250 supporters at a recent celebration held at the Hilton Long Island in Melville. Plans were announced for activities leading up to the Tenth Long Island Fight for Charity’s “Main Event,” scheduled for November 25, 2013. At the main event volunteer boxers from the Long Island business community who have completed intense training will step into the ring for charity.
The first volunteer boxers who have been announced to participate in the 2013 Main Event are Keith Dawson of Patchogue, Anthony Giallanzo of Glen Cove, Mike Haltman of Woodbury, Joanne Hutchins of Bayville, Kevin Kelly of Plainview, Bill Mabanta of Holtsville and Leaf Steuernagel of Bellport, as well as Scott Zuckerman and Joe Palumbo.
The Long Island Lizards would like to thank all the Nassau and Suffolk participants who came out for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Clinic recently. Thanks to the participation of nearly 100 students, and the sponsorship of the event by Atlantic Hyundai, the Lizards will be making a $5,000 donation to the Hurricane Sandy Long Island Disaster Relief fund.
Lizards head coach Joe Spallina, along with players Tommy Palasek, Michael Skudin and Chris Passavia, helped to lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of stations, focusing on different fundamental lacrosse skills. Members of the Stony Brook womens lacrosse team also came out to lend a hand to the young girls at the clinic.
Holy Family CYO is proud to sponsor the 4th Annual Tommy O Memorial Basketball Tournament. Tommy O was a New York City firefighter, who died tragically on Dec. 4, 2008. Tommy was also a community activist and very involved in Hicksville youth sports. He was a longtime coach and board member of Holy Family CYO.
The tournament will be played from Dec. 8 to 16. In the past, proceeds from the tournament have been used to fund the Tommy O Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors who are alumni of the Holy Family CYO program and who have demonstrated a commitment to community service during their high school careers. Through this scholarship fund, organizers are endeavoring to keep Tommy’s memory alive, especially in the hearts of the scholarship recipients. Hopefully they will be inspired by stories of Tommy’s selflessness, his acts of heroism on 9/11 and his commitment to his family and community. This year, however, the proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Hurricane Sandy relief agencies or directly to affected families.
The New York Islanders announced recently that they raised $28,071 for area residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. These funds go directly to the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to assist Long Islanders in need.
Over the few weeks, people from around the world came together online to bid in the special “Hockey with a Heart” auction featuring one-of-a-kind sports and entertainment experiences. Local sports teams, organizations and individuals all donated to this unique auction, hosted by the Islanders, in an effort to help those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Fifteen donors contributed a total of 33 items, which were bid on more than 300 times. This auction raised $22,317 that will all go towards the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief fund.
The New York Islanders asked local residents to step up and support their neighbors affected by Hurricane Sandy, and Long Islanders delivered in a big way Monday, Nov. 12 at Nassau Coliseum.
More than 2,000 people stopped by the Islanders’ home ice to donate clothing, nonperishable food items and money to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims in the Long Island area. The American Red Cross and Island Harvest were stationed in the Coliseum lobby, accepting contributions from anyone generous enough to help. To thank those who came out to support the effort, the Islanders hosted free public skating sessions with team coaches and staff from 2 to 8 p.m., along with free skate rentals for participants and a variety of games set up around the edges of the rink.
The 2012 Blue Ribbon 5K Run for Prostate Cancer, which had been scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 18, has been postponed until Sunday, Dec. 9, and has been moved to a new location, Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, 7800 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury.
“It is never an easy task to have to postpone an event, not to mention having to move it to a different location,” observed Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) Chief Administrative Officer Linda Ottaviano. “Fortunately, with the enthusiastic cooperation of Town Supervisor Venditto and the Town of Oyster Bay Parks Department, we have been able to reschedule the event and relocate it to the scenic grounds of Syosset-Woodbury Community Park,” added Rhonda Samuel, Executive Director of Integrated Medical Foundation (IMF), who hosts the event.
POSTPONED. Visit imfcares.org for an update.
Preparations are underway for the 4th Annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer taking place on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course in Woodbury.
Integrated Medical Foundation was pleased to announce that the run will be supported by a grant from Abbott. Additional support comes from Shiel Medical Laboratory, lead local partner, and Advanced Radiation Centers of New York, local partner. The Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer raises funds every fall for prostate cancer awareness, education, and support services throughout the New York metro area.
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