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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, www.bgcoben.org, or like them on Facebook. We’re on Twitter and Instagram too (@BGCOBEN).

News

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


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.


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