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Loewy Steps In As Director Of Special Services

Ellen B. Loewy has been selected as the next Director of Special Services for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District. She will fill the position vacated by Debra Kienke. Loewy comes with rich experience, currently serving as the Director of Pupil Personnel Services for the West Hempstead School District. Loewy has also worked for the Patchogue Medford School District and the New York City Department of Education.

Loewy attended Dowling College, where she earned a psychology degree in school psychology and her School District Administrator Certification. She also holds a masters in education from Queens College, CUNY.

Loewy lives in Levittown with her husband and one child. She enjoys cooking, entertaining, going to the theater and reading.

When asked what it was about Oyster Bay-East Norwich that made her want to work here, Loewy said, “During my research, I visited the OBEN website and was impressed by the book Wonder for a shared reading choice. I read the book and thought I would like to work in a place that was sensitive and caring to people with special needs.”

Although her appointment for the position was made at the Jan. 21 Board of Education meeting, Loewy stayed on at her current position in order to allow the West Hempstead School District to find her replacement. Loewy will begin working in Oyster Bay-East Norwich this month.

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



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