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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

The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund and the Oyster Bay Rotary Club hosted the annual Oyster Festival “Kick-Off” press conference on Friday, Aug. 15 at the flagpole in Theodore Roosevelt Park.

In attendance were NY State Senator Carl Marcelino and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, both Honorary Oyster Festival Chairmen; Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr.; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coshignano; Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michelle Johnson; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph Pinto; Oyster Bay Rotary President Judy Wasilchuk; Verizon Title Sponsor Representative, Director of Government Affairs Patrick Lespinasse; Executive Director, h2empower, African Studies Specialist Helen Boxwill; Oyster Festival Sports Representative James Werner; Long Island Rough Riders Representative Sarah Culmo and Emcee Harlan Friedman.

The 31st annual Oyster Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

A lot of people think that our world would be better off without all of the insects in it. Not so, according to Lois Lindberg, volunteer naturalist at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Lindberg and fellow naturalist Wendy Albin gave a presentation about the importance of butterflies and insects in our ecosystem at the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s former home on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Butterflies and other insects are very important in nature,” said Lindberg. “People see bees, wasps and ants and other insects as pests, but they actually contribute to our ecosystem by each doing their own unique job. They pollinate the flowers and fruits and without them we would not be able to eat a lot of the stuff we eat every day.”


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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