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Sagamore Hill Adopts Kindergarten Class

The Oyster Bay - East Norwich School District has partnered with the National Parks Service (Sagamore Hill site) on two key programs.

In the year 2016 Sagamore Hill will celebrate its centennial. To coincide with the centennial celebration of the National Parks Service, the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School will participate in a three-year “Adopt-a-Class” program. The plan features both school visits and field work at Sagamore Hill. The “Adopt-a-Class” Program is sponsored by the National Parks Service and the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Each year, students will learn some aspect of being stewards of the National Parks and how to care for Sagamore Hill in particular. As second-graders, they will assist in giving a tour of the house that President Theodore Roosevelt and his family lived in during their years in Oyster Bay.

As part of a new collaboration between Sagamore Hill and the Oyster Bay - East Norwich School District, all kindergarteners were treated to a visit by park rangers Josh Reyes and Scott Gurney and park volunteers Kathy McLeavy and Nancy Hall. Ranger Gurney’s daughter Jane is a first-grader at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School.

They visited each of the kindergarten classrooms and gave the children an introduction to Sagamore Hill and to the concept of students becoming stewards of national treasures. The park volunteers read the book Care for Our World by Karen Robbins to the kindergarteners. The rangers introduced the students to the Theodore Roosevelt family, Sagamore Hill and the National Park Service how they all “care for our world.”

In June, the kindergarten classes will visit Sagamore Hill and explore the museum and the property.

Next year, as first-graders, and the following year as second-graders, students will deepen their study of the National Parks with additional lessons at school and at the site. This opportunity for these students was coordinated by Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Tami McElwee and Social Studies, Career Technologies, and Service Learning Supervisor Lara Gonzalez.

Oyster Bay – East Norwich Schools may also benefit from a program through the National Parks Service called “Teacher-Ranger-Teacher.” Gonzalez has collaborated with ranger Josh Reyes at Sagamore Hill on a grant to offer a stipend to an OBEN teacher to work at the site during the summer and to develop lesson plans that might be used in secondary social studies programs. Sagamore Hill has been awarded the grant and the district is awaiting further details.

National Park Volunteer Nancy Hall wants the community to know that even though the house is currently closed for renovations, there is still plenty to be enjoyed at Sagamore Hill with the nature trails and beautiful grounds, especially now with the cherry blossoms in bloom.

News

Serving Oyster Bay and the rest of Long Island since 1990, Periwinkles is an Oyster Bay business on Audrey Avenue that assists with event planning, staging and staffing and catering a multitude of different events. Periwinkles was started by Pat Spafford, who was encouraged to take her passion and make it a career.

 

“I was raising a family and doing this part-time,” said Spafford. “One of my clients encouraged me to make it full-time. Most of my clientele was from Oyster Bay so I settled here. I have a huge affection for the people and the place. It’s great that I have been successful here for so long.” 

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.

 

GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.

 

“I had this idea for a festival years ago, and when I finally nailed down a date, people are coming out of the woodwork to be a part of it,” says Losee.


Sports

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.


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MSA Party - September 17

West Shore Rd. Update - September 18

Harbor Beach Cleanup - September 20


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