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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

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



Columns

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