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Student Represents The Sons Of Italy In Parades

Oyster Bay High School Senior Monica Bizzoso won the title of Queen for Nassau County District II Sons of Italy. She represented the Sons of Italy in the Huntington Columbus Day Parade as well as the NYC parade on Columbus Day.

Monica’s grandparents were born in Italy and immigrated to America where her grandfather Philip Baldino graduated from Oyster Bay High School in 1958. Monica’s mother Giovanna (Baldino) Bizzoso is a first generation American and is a graduate of OBHS as a member of the Class of 1983. Monica’s uncle Nicholas, who passed away last year, was also an OBHS Alum.

Monica was recognized through the Donatello Lodge of Westbury where her grandmother is a member and her mother will soon be a member as well. Monica had to go in front of a panel of judges where she was asked questions about her Italian heritage and hobbies. She competed against eight other girls. The judges loved Monica because of how proud she was of her Italian grandparents, family, and all the traditions the family still holds dear. Monica has represented the Donatello Lodge with great pride.

Monica plays volleyball for the defending Nassau County Champion Varsity Volleyball team. Monica takes care of horses and loves to ride. She’s been to Italy many times including for the celebration of her great-grandmother’s 100th birthday. The party took place in January 2011 in a small town near Naples called Molinara, where her grandfather Philip grew up. Thankfully, her great-grandmother, Maria Baldino, is still doing well and looking forward to her 103rd birthday this January.

Monica is preparing for college and would like to pursue a career in speech pathology.

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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