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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 .

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Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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