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Dunkin’ Donuts Fuels Politicians

Supervisor John Venditto’s penchant for Dunkin’ Donuts extolled

Dunkin’ Donuts recently took advantage of Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto’s affinity to their brand to invite him to speak at the first dinner for their new charity foundation.

Usually the Oyster Bay Town Board meetings, scheduled for 10 a.m. don’t start on time. Mr. Venditto has often apologized for his being late giving the reason that he stopped at the Dunkin’ Donuts for a toasty hot beverage — his is actually decaffeinated tea. On Oct. 16, the meeting started on time. It was a short meeting. As it concluded, the supervisor said, “Bill Bleyer is 29 minutes late.” [FYI: Newsday reporter Bill Bleyer wrote a short piece about  Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto and his being late for town meetings because of a stop at the Dunkin’ Donuts near his home.]

Mr. Venditto said he enjoyed the piece Mr. Bleyer wrote, “having a lot of fun with Dunkin’ Donuts.”

The supervisor said his office received a call and one of his administrative assistants, Anthony Esposito, told him  of Dunkin’ Donuts inviting him to an upcoming event for dinner and an invitation to talk about his love of their brand, and how it “keeps him running.”

Mr. Venditto said, “They offered to send coffee and baked goods to the next town board meeting to be sure I would be on time.

“I attended and got a goodie bag. When I spoke I told them, ‘Dunkin’ Donuts keeps politicians running for office.”

The supervisor told Dunkin’ Donuts he would donate the gift bag and a gift card to charity.

Home Town Chats

It appears that Dunkin’ Donuts is where the supervisor interfaces with the public. The supervisor himself mentioned his Dunkin’ Donuts stops at an Aug. 15 board meeting when he referred to residents complaining to him about the TOB tree ordinance, saying that residents told him it was intruding on their homeowner rights. Those complaints took hold of the supervisor and it became the basis of a hearing to repeal/alter the town tree ordinance. The town held a second meeting on Sept. 4 on the tree ordinance and they are still looking at comments from the public before they decide what to do.

Foundation Dinner

Mr. Venditto attended the Dunkin’ Donuts Baskin’ Robbins Community Foundation dinner held at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Garden City on Monday, Oct. 15.

According to a reliable source, “Mr. Venditto mingled with several franchisees along with the Dunkin’ Donuts Baskin’ Robbins Community Foundation chairs. It was great to have him come out and support the DDBRCF, which has done some great things in the local community.”

The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin’ Robbins Charitable Foundation (DDBRCF) hosted their first-ever charity fundraiser at Ruth’s Chris Steak House with the goal of raising money for local Long Island charities, as well as to present donations to  the Long Island Cares food bank, the Special Olympics  Long Island and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Greater NY.

The event was attended by more than 50 Long Island Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin’ Robbins franchisees, who were excited to give back to their communities and to help support local issues including safety, hunger and children’s needs.

News

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.

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.


Sports

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.

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.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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