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Operation SAFE CHILD At The Library

On Friday Jan. 24, from 3 to 6 p.m., the Oyster Bay Library will be hosting the Nassau County District Attorney sponsored program, Operation SAFE CHILD. This free program is open to all children up to the age of 17 and provides ID cards displaying the child’s vital information. Unlike other similar ID programs, though, Operation SAFE CHILD also offers parents the opportunity to store their child’s information in a data base in Albany.  Since the data cards can be electronically disseminated statewide they become an important tool when linked to the AMBER Alert.

According to the District Attorney’s office, statistics show that most parents in the United States do not know their child’s exact height and weight. Yet, when a child goes missing, getting this information to local law enforcement officials as quickly as possible is imperative. Operation SAFE CHILD equipment uses digital fingerprinting technology and high resolution photography to issue SAFE CHILD cards for parents to keep on hand in the event of an emergency. Since it’s launch in December of 2007, over 10,000 cards have been issued.

“When a child goes missing, every minute is precious,” said Nassau County District Attorney, Kathleen M. Rice. “Operation SAFE CHILD helps parents and guardians keep their kids safe by integrating with local and state law enforcement and I’m proud to sponsor the program.”

Amy Goldsheid-Martin, a licensed clinical social worker and mom of two, was very pleased to hear the library was offering the program and that it was free to the public. “With the rise in autism rates and children who are non-verbal the need for ID cards is becoming increasingly important. There needs to be more awareness of child safety and protection and programs like this,” she said.

While most library programs are open to local residents only, this program is free and open to all and pre-registration is not required. “We are really happy to be offering this program for our community,” said Oyster Bay Library Children’s Services librarian, Barbara Grodin. “I hope that families will take advantage of this opportunity.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the program can contact Assistant District Attorney Rene P. Fiechter, Community Affairs Director, at 516-571-1090.

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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