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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

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.


Sports

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.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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