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Summer Camp Coming To An End

It’s hard to say goodbye, but all good things must come to an end. Weeks eight and nine at the Boys & Girls Club’s summer camp are an exciting way to close out the “School’s Out” Summer Recreation Program.

During this past week, campers in the K-3 subgroup enjoyed several fun-filled activities including trips to Tobay Park, Chuck E. Cheese, and Long Island Laser Bounce.  The annual Luau was enjoyed by all, especially those who did the limbo stick. The trips and events for the upcoming week include, Active Kidz, Bingo, and Ellwood Cinemas.  

Campers in the fourth- to 10th-grade sub-group enjoyed the annual Luau and trips to Tiki Action Park, Regal Cinemas and a Yankee game. Next week, they will be visiting the Bronx Zoo, competing in the Club Olympics and being active at Boomers.

Summer camp will conclude at the end of the ninth week with a Camp Carnival that will include fun games and prizes during for both groups.

For further information regarding this event and all other club programs, please contact Lorraine Rubin, Child Care Director, at 516-922-9285, ext. 19, or check out www.bgcoben.org.

News

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

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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