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Safety Is Driven Home For Texting Teens

With the Taste of the Town still a warm glow of recent memory, the PTSA is already putting the funds raised to good use.

On June 5, the PTSA sponsored the UNITE Arrive Alive Tour to come to Oyster Bay High School. When students came to school that morning they were greeted with a car parked right outside the main entrance to the high school. Students were invited to sit in the car as a simulator approximated driving. Students were then given a cell phone and asked to text a message. Other students could watch a screen and see how erratic and dangerous driving becomes when drivers attempt to compose a seemingly simple text.

The young drivers were given citations showing all the driving infractions and hazards they faced while texting.

UNITE is one of the top health and wellness organizations in the nation. They visit campuses on all levels from elementary all of the way to colleges and above. Their programs are designed to heighten awareness to the dangers and consequences of driving while impaired. UNITE is committed to impacting the entire community with positive messages that will last a lifetime. UNITE’s creed states, “There is an old adage that says ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ We want to be that “ounce of prevention” before the cure is needed.”

Anna Kooiman of Fox News showed up with a film crew and spent several hours interviewing students for a future broadcast. Kooiman is a statuesque beauty with a charming personality that was not lost on many of the students. Senior Pablo Rodriguez ended his interview segment with a question of his own. He asked Kooiman if she would be his date to the prom. She said yes. Kooiman is schedule to be on assignment that week and the producers are going to try to free her up to attend the OBHS Prom.

With ever increasing state mandates that force school districts to cut budgets to the bone, the importance of a strong and active PTA is essential to make sure students continue to get a well-rounded education. Issues of safety and character are targeted by the PTAs in the many cultural arts programs they sponsor.

The key component to the PTA is parents. It is vital that parents get involved in the education of their children. The PTA is asking parents to step up and pitch in.

Make a difference in your child’s education. Join the PTSA (for students in grades seven through 12) or the OBEN Elementary PTA (for students in grades pre-k through six).

The following PTSA positions are still open for the 2013-2014 School Year: Co-Presidents, Co-Vice Presidents, and one Corresponding Secretary. Please, contact Lisa Iemmiti at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The following OBEN Elementary PTA positions are still open for the 2013-2014 School Year: Vice President, Recording Secretary — PM, and Corresponding Secretary for Vernon. If you are interested in any of these positions or would like further information please contact Nancy Castrogiovanni at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Wanda Mangano at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

News

Serving Oyster Bay and the rest of Long Island since 1990, Periwinkles is an Oyster Bay business on Audrey Avenue that assists with event planning, staging and staffing and catering a multitude of different events. Periwinkles was started by Pat Spafford, who was encouraged to take her passion and make it a career.

 

“I was raising a family and doing this part-time,” said Spafford. “One of my clients encouraged me to make it full-time. Most of my clientele was from Oyster Bay so I settled here. I have a huge affection for the people and the place. It’s great that I have been successful here for so long.” 

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.

 

GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.

 

“I had this idea for a festival years ago, and when I finally nailed down a date, people are coming out of the woodwork to be a part of it,” says Losee.


Sports

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.


Calendar

MSA Party - September 17

West Shore Rd. Update - September 18

Harbor Beach Cleanup - September 20


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