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Light Up The Holidays
Thursday, November 29

HPSN Holiday Concert
Friday, November 30

YFCA Benefit Concert
Saturday, December 1


Thursday, November 29

Light Up The Holidays

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce annual Light Up The Holidays Fundraiser is at 7 p.m. at the Sagamore Yacht Club (tickets are $75).

Ladies Night

Martin Viette Nurseries Ladies Night from 6 to 9 p.m. offers music and shopping with a holiday discount. Meet vendors. Door prizes. Located at 6050 Northern Blvd./Rte. 25A. Call 922-5530.


Friday, November 30

Youth Fashion Show

The Boys & Girls Club fashion show on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. is hosted by the Parents Council at the clubhouse. Tickets for members are $5 per person or $10 per family and includes raffle tickets and refreshments. Call 922-9285 for information.

HPSN Holiday Concert

The annual Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome Network holiday concert is at the Oyster Bay-East Norwich PAC at 7:30 p.m. Now in its 11th year, the show features traditional Christmas carols, original Christmas music as well as modern Christmas classics. The band, known as J is led by the brother and sister duo of vocalist/acoustic guitarist John DiGennaro and vocalist JoAnn Criblez. Free but a donation to the HPSN is welcome.


Saturday, December 1

Breakfast With Santa

St. Dominic holiday breakfast with Santa Claus in the Social Room from 9 30 a.m. to noon.

YFCA Benefit Concert

A special Christmas Benefit Concert will be held at 4 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church, East Norwich. Featured are: the Flute Magic! Ensemble, Long Island Zither Ensemble, the Oyster Bay Flute Choir, as well as a Christmas song sing-along. Admission is free, but canned food donations and new unwrapped children’s toys, for the Youth & Family Counseling Agency are requested. For information call 922-0133.

ASFC Toy Drive

The Atlantic Steamer Fire Co. No. 1 is hosting a holiday toy drive starting Dec. 1. The toys will be distributed to those affected by the recent storms and to the Matthew Fetzer Foundation. Please drop off new, unwrapped toys on East Main Street at the Atlantic Steamer Firehouse, Gooseberry Grove, What’s Cooking, or at the Village Gourmet Deli on Summit Street, through Dec. 15, For information call Bob Walles at 852-1139.

Deck The Halls

The evening of Dec. 1, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. is Planting Fields Foundation’s Deck the Halls annual holiday gala. This is a ticketed event and offers a silent auction and valet parking. Please call 922-8678 for ticket information and reservations.


Sunday, December 2

Bah! Humbug! Hello Scrooge!

Ebenezer Scrooge will be at Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Readings from A Christmas Carol, Victorian carol singing, cider and cookies, and souvenir song sheet included with admission, adults $5, students and children over 5 years old and seniors, $3. Limited seating, call 922-6808 for reservations.

HPSN Holiday Concert

The annual Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome Network holiday concert is at the Oyster Bay-East Norwich PAC at 2 p.m. Free but a donation to the HPSN is welcome.

East Norwich Tree Lighting

The Committee for the Beautification of East Norwich Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. on the NE corner of Rte. 106 and 25A. Richard Bock will accompany Barbara Singer performing. Scout Troop 253 will accompany caroling as well as serve refreshments. All welcome. Call 662-7774.  


Wednesday, December 5

Menorah Lighting

The annual menorah lighting at 5:30 p.m. at the Derby-Hall bandstand in Townsend Park, opposite the post office. Sweet singing and refreshments courtesy of the Oyster Bay Jewish Center and the Oyster Bay Civic Association, respectively.


Thursday, December 6

Tom Robinson Tournament

The annual Tom Robinson basketball tournament is hosted by the Oyster Bay High School this year. Held on Dec. 6 and 7, with two rounds of competition at 5 and 7 p.m. Held in the OBHS gym. The Baymen play tonight.


Friday, December 7

Doo-Wop Fundraiser

An Evening With the Stars: Doo-Wop Fundraiser to help support the games for the physically challenged will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. at Bethpage High School. Tickets are $25 each, reserved seating only. Free parking. Go to larentr.com or call 631-873-8817 for more information.

Tom Robinson Tournament

The annual Tom Robinson basketball tournament is hosted by the Oyster Bay High School this year. On Dec7, two rounds of competition at 5 and 7 p.m. will determine the winner. Held in the OBHS gym.


Saturday, December 8

OBHS Concert and Exhibit

The Oyster Bay Historical Society is hosting their annual concert and open house from 4 to 7 p.m. The one-hour concert at the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church on South Street and Summit Street is a gospel event at 4 p.m., not to be missed. Think toe-tapping and hand clapping. Then walk down to 20 Summit Street to the Earle-Wightman House for a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m.. They are also debuting their new exhibit of miniatures and childhoods small things that gives a glimpse into the family life of the Roosevelt clan.

OB Tree Lighting

The OB-EN Chamber is holding their tree lighting on Dec. 8, at 4:15 p.m. at the Derby-Hall Bandstand in Townsend Park. Come see Santa arrive. Refreshments by the Oyster Bay Civic Association.

Holiday Express

The Oyster Bay Railroad Museum is holding their annual Holiday Express at 102 Audrey Avenue on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9. Santa will be there from 1 to 3 p.m. so bring a camera for a photo op. There are raffles, exhibits and gifts for sale. Free horse and wagon rides, first come, first served, around town both days.

Christmas with the Roosevelts

Visit Sagamore Hill National Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Christmas with the Roosevelts at Sagamore Hill. Activities include holiday music by Musica Dolce, Christmas carols sung by Close Enough, and James Foote as TR, talks about how the Roosevelts celebrated Christmas there and in the White House. Arts and crafts activities for all. Free refreshments. Visitor Center bookstore offers 15 percent off this weekend. Call 922-4788.


Sunday, December 9

Holiday Express

The Oyster Bay Railroad Museum Holiday Express continues at 102 Audrey Avenue on Sunday, Dec. 9. Free horse and wagon rides around town again.

Holiday Ornament Workshop

Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, presents a Holiday Ornament Workshop on Dec. 9 at 1 p.m., designed for ages 6 to 12. The children will decorate a pinecone ornament, make a wreath ornament and a button ornament. Cider and holiday cookies will be served. $10 per child. Call 922-6808 for reservations.


Monday, December 10

Immigration Reform

Enrique Morones, founder and executive director of the San Diego nonprofit Border Angels will speak on Monday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock at 48 Shelter Rock Rd. in Manhasset. Suggested donation is $5. Light refreshments. Call Ms. Deroche at 627-6560 for information.


Tuesday, December 11

GOP Holiday Party

The Oyster Bay Republican Club holds their holiday party on Dec. 11, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Homestead Restaurant. Reservations are $35 per person. Call 624-VOTE.


Thursday, December 13

Movie: Love Actually

The Locust Valley Library, 170 Buckram Road, presents their Thursday afternoon movie, Love Actually at 1:30 p.m. The movie is rated R and runs for two and a quarter hours. Refreshments by the Friends of the Locust Valley Library. For information call 671-1837.


Saturday, December 15

Fall Nature Walk

Nature walk at the Hoffman Center Nature Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary located at 6000 Northern Blvd., in Muttontown. Meet the guide at the site entrance at 12:50 p.m. Gate is locked when tour begins. No pets, no children under 10 years of age, or organized groups permitted. No registration required. Weather permitting, call 516-922-3290 the day before to confirm. Admission $5 for one hour between 1 and 2 p.m. For information visit: hoffmancenter.org.

Owl Prowl at OWG

The TR Sanctuary & Audubon Center presents an owl prowl at Old Westbury Gardens on Dec. 15 in two sessions, from 6 to 7 p.m. and from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come for a night hike to hear the calls of native owls. The $12 fee includes admission to Westbury Holiday House for refreshments and a visit with Santa. Registration required, call 333-0048.


Thursday, December 20

Great Books Discussion

The Locust Valley Library, 170 Buckram Road, presents their Great Books which is held twice monthly from 2 to 4 p.m. Discussed will be Nostromo by Joseph Conrad. For information and registration, call Jennifer at 671-1837. All are welcome.


Saturday, December 22

Seasons Tweetings

The TR Sanctuary & Audubon Center presents Listen to the reading of Night Tree by Eve Bunting while you decorate the sanctuary trees with wildlife-friendly homemade edible ornaments from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For all ages. The general fee is $7, call 922-3200 for information.


Saturday, January 5

Twelfth Night Celebration     

Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, OB, wants you to ring in the New Year at the annual Twelfth Night Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.. The Culper Spies will be playing Colonial Yuletide tunes on the fiddle, harp and recorder. Holiday punch and dessert will be served. Space is limited. Admission is free to members. Please RSVP by calling 922-6808.


Ongoing Events

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Needs Oyster Bay Recruits

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla in the Oyster Bay area is recruiting new members. They are needed to assist the Coast Guard in performing Homeland Security missions and to implement the Coast Guard’s many recreational boating safety programs. No experience or boat is required. Training will be provided. For more information call Joe Orlich, vice flotilla commander of flotilla 22-05 in Oyster Bay at (516) 624-USCG (8724).

Muttontown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Fellowship provides an atmosphere of warmth and camaraderie, with talks presented by intelligent enlightening and non-dogmatic speakers who come from the entire spectrum of the arts, history and sciences. This is followed by coffee and an informal discussion circle, held in the turn-of-the-18th century farmhouse in a bucolic setting. Sundays at 10:30 a.m. The Muttontown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located on the south side of Route 25A (Northern Blvd.), East Norwich, directly east of Martin Viette Nurseries and about a half mile west of Route 106. Look for the white brick gate posts with a large sign for Hunter’s Moon Farm. All are welcome. Call with any questions 659-1686.

News

You may not actually see who is leaving books and magazines for the commuters at the Locust Valley Train Station, but those who have nicknamed these delightful and dedicated women the “Book Ladies.”

Sue Klein and Joan McCauley, who are Friends of the Library, have been collecting donated books from the community and displaying them at the Long Island Railroad waiting area every week. The Book Ladies have also displayed Locust Valley Library programs so that commuters are aware of all the wonderful events that are going on.  

There will be a different look to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education come September. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher Van Cott is leaving his position to take a similar role in the Oceanside School District. He is following in the footsteps of past OBEN School Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Harrington, who also left to take a similar position in Oceanside last year. The district will begin their search for a replacement for Van Cott this summer.


Sports

The Varsity Baseball Team finished the season with a league record of 11-3-1. In the playoffs, the team swept Carle Place in a best of three set to advance to the county finals vs. Wheatley at Hofstra University. The team finished the season as County runner-ups. The team was a nice combination of veteran varsity leaders and new comers to the varsity with six senior players and four freshmen on the squad. Along with four juniors, the team maintained the winning ways of a program that has won the league championship 7 out of the last eight years and won the county championship 6 of those years. Senior Berkeley Golon, Junior Jackson O’Neill, and Junior Stephen Spiegel received All-County honors. Senior Robbie Venegas and Freshman Harrison Treble received All-League honors. With two All-County pitchers coming back and four freshmen going into their second varsity season mixed with the other juniors and new players coming up from another successful JV season, the team expects to continue to work towards the goal of another county title next season.

The 2014 Oyster Bay High School Lady Baymen varsity spring track team recently completed a most memorable and record breaking season. Two school records were shattered this season; one relay record and one individual. Oyster Bay’s 4x800 meter relay team comprised of seniors Nicole Giannetti, Cassandra Iacono and juniors Linda Cameron and Rachel Wesley, broke the existing school record, and later broke their own record with a time of 10:01.56 at the Section VIII State Qualifier Meet on May 29.

Nicole Giannetti‘s senior year as a member of the Oyster Bay Girls’ Varsity Track team will also be one that will be long remembered. In addition to helping break the school’s 4x800 meters relay record, Giannetti broke the school’s 2000 meter steeplechase record, with a time of 7:23.79. Winning the 1500 meter run in very dramatic fashion at the Nassau Coaches Invitational, with an amazing time of 4:59 was a memorable mid-season highlight. Giannetti earned All-Conference honors in both the 1500 meters and 3000 meter runs and All County honors in the 2000 meter steeplechase. Giannetti qualified for the New York State Track and Field Championship in the 2000 meter steeplechase, finishing fifth and thus earning All-State honors. Giannetti was recruited by Haverford College to run for them when she attends this fall where she will study bio-chemistry.

Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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