Written by Pat Aitken firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00
The Oyster Bay Historical Society is collaborating with Sagamore Hill National Historic Site to present “How I Love Sagamore Hill,” a new exhibition of photographs by Xiomáro. The photos were all taken last February, as the house was being emptied of furniture and other artifacts to get ready for renovation. These photographs offer a unique and different perspective on a home and family that many Oyster Bay residents think they know so well. The title of the exhibit refers to words spoken by Theodore Roosevelt shortly before he died.
Xiomáro explained that in thinking about the exhibit, and what the focus of his essay would be, he realized that it would be easy to focus on Theodore Roosevelt, since he is such a dominant personality. However, Xio wanted to reflect the life of the family who lived there, as well as the servants. In all, 20 out of 144 photos are being shown in this exhibition. The pictures were chosen to be representative of all the residents of the home.
Text flows around the room and helps to tell the story of the exhibition and the family who lived in the home. When asked which of his photographs resonated most with him, he told a charming story of two of the boys, who carved an “E” in the doorjamb in an attempt to get their sister Edith in trouble. It’s a very humanizing story and does much to portray the private life of a very public personality. He also spoke of taking some of his photographs late in the day as the light was fading, and how evocative a feeling that was for him as he worked in the home. These photos were taken over a seven- to 10-day period last February, as Sagamore Hill was being emptied and readied for restoration.
Xiomáro will be doing gallery talks at the Oyster Bay Historical Society on Saturday, March 16, Sunday, April 14, and Saturday, May 18. All the talks will be from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. For more information regarding the programs and events talking place at the Society, visit their website at www.oysterbayhistorical.org. Xiomáro will also be participating in the John Gable lecture series. The John Gable series begins on March 21st with a presentation about Thedore Roosevelt’s life in the badlands of South Dakota. Xiomáro’s lecture will take place on Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. The Gable Lecture Series are hosted by Christ Church at 61 East Main Street, Oyster Bay. The Friends of Sagamore Hill at www.sagamorehill.com has more information. Prints of Xiomáro’s work are for sale, and may be ordered from his website at www.xiomaro.com 10 percent of each sale will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”