Written by Gary Simeone, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00
Oyster Bay School Superintendent of Business and Finance, Christopher Van Cott was praised for his financial bookkeeping at last Tuesday night’s school board meeting. The accounting firm, R.S. Abrams & Co LLP commended Van Cott on his work saying that he has been doing a great job of keeping on top of the district’s finances.
The district received an Unqualified Rating which is the highest rating a school district can receive. It means that there were no weaknesses or deficiencies ascertained in the External Auditors Report.
“I am very fortunate to oversee staff who utilize their school finance experience and who understand the importance of internal controls. Successful audits validate their hard work,” said Van Cott.
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School Principal, Gina Faust is leaving the school district on Nov. 21 to take a similar position in the Roslyn school district. Faust, who has been in the district for more than 20 years, gave notice a few weeks ago that she was leaving her position.
Faust served as a kindergarten teacher and literacy coach before becoming the principal at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary.
“She will be sorely missed,” said Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld. “She has been a wonderful colleague and a great teacher in our district.”
The School District is currently looking for a new principal to replace Faust at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary. The next school board meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. in the high school library.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than with music, and critically acclaimed pianist Stan Wiest will be hosting a holiday sing-a-long at Locust Valley Library to help get everyone in the mood on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Wiest has been playing piano since he was 5 years old, and now, at age 69, has recorded his first CD; an album that has been so well-received, it is a top seller on Amazon.com. The talented pianist spent much of his early career traveling and says he played every supper club in Manhattan, while also working full time on a TV soap opera. To promote his album, his local circuit also includes a presentation at Forest Books in Glen Cove on Dec. 12.
About 30 years ago, Wiest stopped traveling to be with his wife and kids and has been running a music entertainment business in Fort Salonga. Now, with his new album, he’s back on the road, something he never expected to happen at this point in his life.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
It was a cold night for the annual Menorah lighting at the Derby Hall Bandstand last Monday. The event, which is sponsored by the Oyster Bay Civic Association, was well attended though, with Oyster Bay Jewish Center’s Rabbi Marvin Demant leading the crowd in cheerful Chanukah songs.
“Every year we gather at the gazebo to celebrate the miracle of Chanukah,” said Rabbi Demant. “It is actually very special this year because Thanksgiving and Chanukah will overlap for the first time in almost 100 years.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With grit, determination and all-out teamwork, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Soccer team completed their quest for a third state soccer championship, defeating a tough Lansing High School, 1-0, in the New York Class C State Championships.
Both teams kept the game at a tight 0-0, until 20 minutes into the second half, when a throw-in from senior Patrick Moodhe (Manhasset) connected with the head of senior Jon Nierenberg (Sands Point) for the game’s only goal.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Nicole Giannetti entered her third cross country state meet in her career with one goal in mind: to place in the top 20 and earn an all-state medal. After finishing 38th in 2011 and 26th in 2010, the goal was definitely within her reach.
“She was ranked 25th according to one website, so we knew it was going to be close,” said Coach Kevin Cotter. “After looking at some of the times of her competitors, I told her she could potentially finish in the top 10. If she fell short, at least she would still remain in the top 20 and earn that elusive medal.”