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OBEN CC Snowflakes Survive Sandy

Michele Browner, Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce (OBENCC) president  thanked guests for supporting their Light Up the Holidays fundraiser held at the Sagamore Yacht Club on Nov. 29. “Tonight a few snowflakes have gone up,” she said. Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs nodded her head and said she saw them coming down Pine Hollow Road. They were a welcoming sight after the power outages during Hurricane Sandy, which left a footprint on Long Island.

The north shore was lucky, said Ms. Browner, and that in spite of all the cleanup work the Town of Oyster Bay highway crews have been doing, they still devoted some time to the snowflakes. [That evening town workers were spotted cleaning up the remains of the tree that blocked Pine Hollow Road that was taken down by Sandy on Oct. 30.]

President Browner said, “Over six years, 55 snowflakes have been purchased through fundraisers; as well as a dozen wreaths. Only a handful of them will go up this year, but we are thrilled.” She added, that here on the north shore the effects of Sandy have been minimal as compared to the south shore.

“We have a little less snowflakes — 24 will go up — but we’ll make up for it with spirit,” said Michele.

She thanked Shari Cope-Dembowski, OBCC administrative assistant, and Dottie Simons, Dodds & Eder manager, for helping change the light bulbs on the snowflakes. “There are 250 bulbs per snowflake. The snow was not kind to them. That is why every year we hold a fundraiser. We store the snowflakes in a warehouse in Syosset to keep them safe but the OBENCC pays the LIPA bill which comes to $5,000.  This year the Oyster Bay Main Street Association joined us in supporting the project.” She thanked Meredith Maus, their grant writer.

Ms. Browner said next year the area will be fully adorned with lights.

 

Grand Openings

“Oyster Bay has done very well for businesses. On Dec. 8 there will be three Ribbon Cutting ceremonies for new businesses: the Knitted Purl, La Nonna Pizzeria and the Long Island Picture Frame and Art  Gallery. Shari will be sending out e-blasts to remind everyone,” she added.

The Long Island Picture Frame and Art  Gallery is located at 4 Audrey Ave. They are holding a Deck Your Walls wine and cheese reception on Dec. 8, from noon to 9 p.m. 

Walter Imperatore, marketing chair. added, “Join us Saturday, Dec. 8, in welcoming two new businesses in town. The Knitted Purl, a yarn and fiber arts boutique located at 22 Bayside Avenue in Oyster Bay; and La Nonna’s Pizzeria at 94 South Street.” 

“It’s a great family day, come and enjoy the events and stay for dinner, in our many fine restaurants,” Ms. Browner suggested.

FYI: Canterbury Ales is offering their annual anniversary special: half price gift certificates. They are on sale on Dec. 15, 22 and 23, right inside their front door. The gift certificates (cash only) come in $50 and  $100 dominations.

At the tables, there were copies of the chamber’s gift directory. It lists both chamber members and non-members. “The goal is to bring people here to shop,” said Ms. Browner.

OB-EN CCC car magnets were set out as table-dressing and President Browner encouraged people to take them, so that as they drive around, others will see Oyster Bay is a great place to shop.

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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