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Kids Make Memories At Boys & Girls Club

Summer camp is well under way, fun is being had, and memories being made at the Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich.

The kindergarten through third-grade group has had a variety of exciting activities to do during their days spent on-site at the clubhouse. So far campers have participated in “Talent Show Day,” where they all jumped at the chance to show off their special skills to fellow campers. Whether it was a comedy routine, a dance performance, or someone singing their very own song, campers and staff alike were extremely entertained.

“Color War Day” was also fun as campers were able to participate in a friendly competition against each other’s groups to earn points for their teams. Activities included relay races, tug-of-war, and trivia questions. Other on-site events included “Mismatch Day” and a “Luau Day” where campers got to experience a Hawaiian themed barbecue on the playground complete with grass skirts, handmade leis, tiki decorations, and a hula hoop competition. While off-site, the campers traveled to Tobay Beach where campers stayed cool on all the awesome play equipment, Cantiague Park for a game of mini-golf and fun on the playground, Holtsville Ecology Center to learn about animals and even get a chance to pet a few, Adventureland, the Queens Zoo, and Dave & Buster’s.  

The fourth- through 10th-grade campers, while off site, spent their days bowling at South Levittown Lanes, racing go-karts at Tiki Action Park, speeding down waterslides at Splish Splash out in Riverhead, and enjoying movies every Wednesday at Deer Park Regal Cinemas. The New York Yankees game was the most anticipated trip so far this summer. Campers enjoyed a day at the Yankees Stadium where they were featured on the Jumbotron and also got the opportunity to run the bases after the game.

While on-site, the fourth- through sixth-graders participated in Field Day, and came to camp comfy in their pj’s for Pajama Day, where they also cooked party pancakes for their kitchen activity. Campers were also visited by Nike athletes from Roosevelt Field’s Nike store, and played an exciting game of kickball out on the field. These past few weeks have been so much fun for the campers they can hardly believe the summer is almost over. Registration is still ongoing and spaces are available, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to finish the summer in a big way with the club.  

For more information, call Shelby Hintz, social recreation coordinator, at 516-922-9285, ext. 12, visit the club’s website,, or like them on Facebook. We’re on Twitter and Instagram too (@BGCOBEN).


Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

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.


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.


Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

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