Written by Enterprise-Pilot Staff Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Just prior to Thanksgiving, fifth-grade students at James H. Vernon School explored the historical accuracy of the first Thanksgiving through a program offered by Cablevision Power to Learn, The Heart of America Foundation and HISTORY. Participating in the event were Congressman Steve Israel and HISTORY Chief Historian Dr. Libby O’Connell.
Following welcoming remarks from Principal Nancy Gaiman and Cablevision host Shawna Ryan, Israel spoke to the students about the holiday of Thanksgiving. Heart of American Foundation representative Daniel Horgan discussed the book 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O’Neil Grace, copies of which were donated to the school. Students then participated in a Q&A with HISTORY Chief Historian O’Connell regarding the film The Real Story of Thanksgiving that
they had viewed in preparation for this event.
“I’m honored to participate in this engaging program that traces the history of Thanksgiving from its origins in the American colonies to present day,” said Israel. “Providing a forum in which students can discuss the meaning of
Thanksgiving gives them a clearer and more thorough understanding of one of the oldest and most popular American holidays.”
“We provide a deeper appreciation of the holiday while making the history lively and compelling,” said HISTORY Chief Historian O’Connell.
Cablevision Vice President of Public Affairs Jennifer Ostrager noted, “Power to Learn is excited to bring this opportunity surrounding the first Thanksgiving to students to enhance their learning of historical events.”
Power to Learn, Cablevision’s education initiative, is dedicated to integrating technology into education. Cablevision provides video, high-speed Internet and digital voice-over-cable services to schools for educational use. These services are available free of charge to K-12 schools across the company’s service area. More information is available at www.powertolearn.com.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
February, Black History Month, was celebrated by the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church of Oyster Bay with a series of special events.
“The whole month was inspiring, so I am looking forward to doing it next year,” said Black History-Harriet Tubman Committee Chair Diane Cortes-Evans.
The month included a visit from Assemblyman Charles Lavine, who attended the Feb. 9 service and presented Pastor Linda Vanager with a citation from the NYS Legislature for the church’s work in preserving the Pine Hollow Cemetery, and a lecture by historian Simon Rutledge.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:47
Residents in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich school district may need to pony up more in taxes as a result of a proposed exemption for veterans. Across New York State, school districts are being asked to provide this special exemption, which provides three tiers of tax breaks for vets based on whether or not they saw combat or suffered a disability.
While a similar exemption already exists at the county level, the state left individual school districts to decide if it would be in the best interest of the taxpaying community.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:01
On Saturday, Feb. 22, as temperatures rose to well above freezing for the first time in weeks and the melting snow created a thick fog, the Oyster Bay High School Varsity Lady Baymen Basketball Team showed up at Long Island University ready to play.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:48
The Winter Varsity Sports Season is into post-season play in Oyster Bay. Many fine young athletes have excelled this season and were chosen by the Oyster Bay High School coaches as Athletes of the Month for February.
Cassidy Exum has been a member of the varsity wrestling team since his freshman year. Since that time, he has achieved All-County honors, which includes a Nassau County Small School County Championship. This year, Exum started his competitive season with success. He was a place winner in the annual Locust Valley Tournament, a Hank Paris Tournament Champion and a Bethpage Tournament Champion, where he was presented with the Champion of Champions Award. Exum’s success is due to his work ethic, dedication and discipline.; he is a fierce competitor which will help him as he competes for his second Nassau County Championship. Exum is coached by 2012 Coaches of the Year Jay Davis and Doug Axman.