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Sunny Skies And Smiling Faces At East Woods Fair

The annual East Woods Spring Fair weekend was kicked-off with a spectacular dinner dance and auction held on the waterfront at the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club on Centre Island on Friday, May 16.  

The storm of the previous night gave way to radiant sunshine and smiling faces all around as the celebration and fun continued on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 at the East Woods Spring Fair. No small fair, the Spring Fair boasted plenty of rides for children of every age. The Ferris Wheel, Giant Slide, Scat, Dizzy Dragons, Starship, Sizzler, Merry Go Round and Bumper Cars were among the favorites.

The “Kiddie Carnival” section of the fair was also a big hit, with sand art and prize-awarding games. Many children—and adults—were seen toting around brightly-colored stuffed animals and various treasures that served as proof of a fun filled day.  

The fair wasn’t only for the children. There were beautiful items at the indoor vendor boutiques and amazing, one-of-a-kind finds at the now famous East Woods Estate Sale. The East Woods “Gazebo” tent sold a beautiful assortment of spring plants and flowers.

The Spring Fair guests were treated to live music by three different bands throughout the weekend: Lost Time, Riptide Blues Band and ‘60s Invasion. Their enthusiastic performances were the perfect background for the guests eating their delicious lunches from the Bistro.

Perhaps most impressive of all is that this entire weekend was run by East Woods parent volunteers. The Spring Fair could not happen without their vision, dedication and hard work.

East Woods was thrilled to host all of its friends, families and neighbors for a weekend of fun, laughs, good food, good buys and a great time.

News

Some people deserve a long obituary: in a way, it is a tribute to the number of people’s lives they have touched, so for Dottie Brandt, it is a given. A long line of mourners stretched down the street from the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, in Oyster Bay, where Dorothy R. Brandt, known to everyone as “Dottie,” was laid to rest, soon after her death on Friday, Sept. 12.

Dottie was a beautiful woman that age couldn’t change. When your warmth, spirit and love come from the inside, it keeps the outside looking bright and fresh. Dottie was always smiling, full of energy and always willing to help people.

The music was rocking and everybody was dancing on Friday, Oct. 3 in the St. Dominic High School gymnasium as the school hosted its Fall Ball dance. The event included gregarious kids from St. Dominic’s dancing and socializing with 20 disadvantaged children from St. Christopher-Ottilie Family of Services in Sea Cliff.

“St. Dom’s is very active with St. Christopher-Ottilie during the school year,” said Janice Seaman, who was the party coordinator and one of many volunteers at the dance, which ran from 7 to 10 p.m. “This was the first time, though, that St. Dom’s invited the kids from St. Christopher-Ottilie to their school for a dance and it is a great way to bring some normalcy into these children’s lives and show them what a school function is like.”


Sports

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.

The Diane Whipple Foundation with the cooperation of Manhasset PAL, Manhasset School District and St. Mary’s High School Athletic program has announced a premier College Division I Women’s Lacrosse Scrimmage day on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Competing in this great event will be Columbia, Fairfield, Michigan, Sacred Heart, Stonybrook, UCONN, UMASS, and USC.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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