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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

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.


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Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

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