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‘Evening Of The Arts’ At East Woods

Showcasing and celebrating the robust arts program at East Woods School, the Second Annual “Evening of the Arts” was held on May 1. Students and their families arrived on campus by 6:30 p.m. and were treated to the first of several student performances on the front steps of the main building. After this enthusiastic welcoming number by the fourth-graders, the guests were free to follow the hand-drawn map through both school buildings and various classrooms for the rest of the event.

Three dimensional dinosaurs, hand-painted birdhouses, Warhol-inspired pieces, computer animations, ceramic clocks, Native American rugs, and tribal masks were but a sampling of the varied and exciting art pieces on display. Interspersed throughout the exhibits in unexpected locations were student performers. Third-graders played several songs on their recorders, children from the after-school Glee class sang and performed “Thumbelina” and “Mamma Mia,” and several Upper School students sang and danced to “Revolting Children” from Matilda. Of course, no East Woods celebration of the arts would be complete without impressive performances by the East Woods School Band, the EWS R&B Band and the Upper School Chorus.

The evening would not have been the tremendous success it was without the hard work, vision and dedication of Orlando Peña (Artistic Director of Ovations at East Woods), Marie Ucci (EWS art teacher), Tom Knight (EWS Industrial Arts teacher), Brian Genua (EWS band director) and Jane Keidel (EWS music teacher). In addition, every faculty member played a role in getting the artwork and the school ready for this event. And of course, none of this would have been possible without the amazingly talented East Woods students and their up-for-anything enthusiasm.

News

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

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.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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