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Seek Your Fortune In The Book Club

Dr. Laura Seinfeld, in her first year as the new Superintendent of Schools for Oyster Bay-East Norwich, has proven herself to be an intelligent, innovative, caring leader filled with positive energy. In November, she launched OBEN’s first school sponsored Book Club by inviting the community to come together in a discussion of the inspiring book Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and is now planning a second book club for the spring.

The selection for the second community book club is Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. As this novel is appropriate for grades 3 and up, Dr. Seinfeld is hoping even more students decide to join in the shared reading experience than in the fall.

One reviewer summed up the new book with these words: “This is a beautifully written fable for people of all ages, not just those in grades 3-6. I just finished reading this story to my 5-year-old. I think I may have gotten more from it than she did, but she was enraptured as we read three chapters every night for the last few weeks.”

All members of the OBEN learning community are invited to join in the shared reading of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Two opportunities have been scheduled to join book discussions, which will be held on Monday, May 12 at 3:30 p.m. in the Vernon School library annex and on Monday, May 19 at 7 p.m. in the Oyster Bay High School library. Both book club dates are open to all -- students, families, community members, and school district staff.

If anyone would like to join, please email Jean Tworkowski at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-624-6505 and please indicate on which date you plan to attend.

As with the first Book Club, these sessions are tied into the Oyster Bay High School 21st Century Diploma program. Students who have opted to pursue a 21st Century Diploma can get credit by joining the Book Club discussion.

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District is in its fourth year of this new program for students in grades 9 through 12. This voluntary program is designed to prepare students to meet the demanding challenges of the 21st Century. The ultimate goal of this program is to have the students become exemplary citizens of the 21st Century while further nurturing their individual passions.

Six areas of focus that students need to develop in order to be successful in the 21st Century have been identified: Life-Long Learner, Health & Fitness, Communication, Work Ethic, Information Technology and Global Awareness.

The objective is to give students credit for the activities that they currently do above and beyond the school day. In addition, all students are encouraged to try new activities.

Each school year, participants will be able to select from a list of activities, specifically designed to develop the above areas of focus. Students will be responsible for managing their own portfolios via the 21st Century Internet Portal. Numerical points will be earned upon the successful completion of an activity and the submission of an artifact into the individual student’s portfolio. Over the course of four years, students will need to earn 100 points in order to qualify for the 21st Century Diploma.

One of the activities that students participated in was a Global Awareness opportunity offered through an organization called Kiva. Kiva is a non-profit based company that provides business start-up loans to entrepreneurs in third world countries. Students were assigned the task of creating a fundraiser to be able to contribute funds through an online account. Students were responsible for choosing one specific entrepreneur whom they would lend their funds to. This opportunity allowed students to see the real world effect of helping others and how far help from one individual to another can go. This activity will be offered again this year as well as numerous other engaging opportunities.

The 21st Century Committee is currently working with local businesses and community leaders to add additional opportunities for students and welcomes additional support and ideas for activities.

The 21st Century Diploma program will also offer monetary scholarships. To contribute to the scholarship fund, donations can be made by check, payable to OBHS 21st Century Diploma.

For more information or if you would like to get involved with the program, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

News

In a little-known chapter of New York City’s history, the name of police officer Phillip Cardillo is spoken in hushed, revered whispers. Though he was tragically killed in the line of duty back in 1972, the burning embers of his memory are still fanned by a passionate few who wish to finally obtain for the fallen hero the elusive recognition that he truly deserves.

At their Oct. 8 meeting in Mineola, the Nassau County-based Association of Retired Police Officers (ARPO) held a heartfelt ceremony, as both Cardillo as well as the driven NYPD detective who has fought for justice in his name for the past four decades, were honored as the true heroes that they are.

In what was their last free meeting at the Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich, the East Norwich Civic Association presented a money saving/energy saving program. It was presented by Marriele Robinson of the Homeowner Support PowerUp Communities group, an outreach of the L.I. Progressive Party. She came to offer free energy evaluations of homes to make them more energy efficient, which will save money.

She said Poor Richard’s Almanac promises it to be very cold this winter, and this is a way to plug up your energy leaks, with both current savings on needed work and through rebates resulting in future savings. After an energy assessment of your home, PowerUp will present you with a report based on their contractor’s assessment, which will outline all the ways you can improve your energy efficiency. The report will include all the potential rebates to reduce the cost of the upgrade which includes the option of financing through PS&G, which will include the monthly payments in your monthly bill.


Sports

A number of awards were given to runners in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich area at the Oct. 18 Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run, including 23-year-old Justin Nakrin of Oyster Bay, who finished in 12th place overall and second in the 20-24 age group, and 43-year-old Daniel Valderrama of Oyster Bay, who scored in 17th place overall and second in the 40-44 age group. Maggie Reid of Locust Valley earned first place honors in the 15-19 age group.

The indomitable 81-year-old Nina Jennings of Mill Neck was the oldest woman to finish the run, taking first place honors in the women’s 80-84 age group in 35 minutes, 11 seconds, a pace of 11:19 per mile. She was the fastest of all of the five finishers—male or female—who were 80 years old or more.

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.


Calendar

Ghastly Grounds

Thursday, October 30

Trick Or Treat

Friday, October 31

Long Island Baroque Ensemble

Sunday, November 2



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