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Students Excel At Writing

Oyster Bay High School students were recognized at the 2014 Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards Ceremony on May 28 at Hofstra University. Senior Aubri Juhasz was a winner in the category of “School Opinion Piece” for an article she wrote called “Minding Your P’s and Q’s.” Juhasz was twice honored as she won in the “Format Buster” category with “A Message from the Editor.”

Sophomore Joaquin Contreras won in the “Entertainment & Lifestyle” category with an article called “1994: “Film’s Greatest Year.”

Junior Alanna Petrone won in the “Comic Strip” category with a piece called “Solar Academy.”

Oyster Bay High School was well represented with five student winners of Nassau Reading Council’s Young Authors Contest. They are seniors Cindy Hom, Aubri Juhasz, Stevie Matthews, Matthew Treiber and Nina Policano.

Yeoju Je, a fourth-grader at Vernon in Ms. Link’s class, was the second place winner in the Kenneth Gambone Writing Contest.

The writing and artistic creativity of Oyster Bay High School students are beautifully displayed in the award winning annual publication called “AGAPAE.”

News

With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, Long Islanders taking mass transit may find themselves caught up in the mad dash of the holiday rush. But on the Oyster Bay line, riders are lucky in that they don’t experience the same level of stress over parking as some of the busier lines do.

“The Oyster Bay station never seems to get that crowded, but we’ll see what happens during Thanksgiving holiday when a lot of people come to visit families. I don’t think I’ll have a problem commuting, though,” says Michael Miniero, an Oyster Bay resident who regularly commutes to work on the LIRR.

What better way to celebrate a 100th birthday than by having a new room inauguration filled with local residents, live music and cocktails and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres. That is what happened at the Locust Valley Library Sunday evening, Nov. 9, as the community room was officially renamed the Matinecock Neighborhood Association Community Room. Proceeds from the event went to the restoration of the new room.

Speakers at the centennial celebration included Library Board of Trustees President Charles Brisbane, Library Administrative Director Kathy Smith, Locust Valley Historical Society President Herb Schierhorst and Matinecock Nation Chief Little Running Fox.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com