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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

A lot of people think that our world would be better off without all of the insects in it. Not so, according to Lois Lindberg, volunteer naturalist at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Lindberg and fellow naturalist Wendy Albin gave a presentation about the importance of butterflies and insects in our ecosystem at the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s former home on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Butterflies and other insects are very important in nature,” said Lindberg. “People see bees, wasps and ants and other insects as pests, but they actually contribute to our ecosystem by each doing their own unique job. They pollinate the flowers and fruits and without them we would not be able to eat a lot of the stuff we eat every day.”

Building J at Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront is again up and running as the Ida May Project builds the 40-passenger oyster boat that will be operated by the WaterFront Center. The Ida May Project of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building.

Bill Shephard, Herb Scheirhorst, President Clint Smith and Project Manager Hank Tiska were there on a recent Thursday. Smith had left at around 2 p.m. to get a part he had at home they needed to fix the tractor they use to move the logs they cut to size in their saw mill. Fixing their equipment and cutting logs are some of the many projects that encompass the work.


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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