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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

“Visitation is up 300 percent,” said Harriet Gerard Clark, Raynham Hall Museum director.

“Two-thirds of them come because of reading the book by Brian Kilmeade, George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution, and seeing the series ‘Turn’ on A&E,” added Tom Valentine, docent, who keeps the list of visitors. Soon the series will include the story of Robert Townsend of Oyster Bay who was known as Culper, Jr. when he was a spy for George Washington.

Alex Sutherland, director of education, nailed his definition. “He was the most important spy for George Washington because he had the perfect cover. He was pretending to be a Loyalist and writing for a Loyalist newspaper and befriending British officers at his coffee shop in downtown New York while secretly collecting information.

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Sports

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.

Ice Dreams, an Olympic Ice Show starring 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jason Brown and aspiring local skaters, is coming to Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Sept. 20.

Isabella Skvarla, 13, Julia Tauter, 12, and Chiara Vlacich, 12, all of Oyster Bay, Julia Forte, 12, of Locust Valley and Riley Stein, 11, of Bayville will be skating in the world class show to celebrate the opening of the best figure skating facility Long Island has ever seen.


Calendar

Art In A Meadow

Saturday, Sept. 13

Bayville Oktoberfest

Saturday, Sept. 13 - Sunday, Sept. 14

Hurricane Preparedness

Tuesday, Sept. 16



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