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Firefighters Light Up Holiday Luncheon

This year’s Ladies Holiday Luncheon at the Metropolitan Club outdid itself. Lori Bahnik brought a smile to everyone’s face as she brought firefighters who posed for the annual FDNY 2013 calendar. It was a double benefit event.

...And the women just loved it. They lined up to buy calendars for themselves and for gifts and had the firefighters sign them. A great many friends of the women at the luncheon are going to really love the holiday presents their receive, especially if they are the calendars.

Ms. Bahnik told the back story of having the firefighters come to the luncheon. She said a friend of hers has a son who is a firefighter and she suggested the firemen come with their calendars to sell to benefit the FDNY Foundation. It was a great fit for the party.

On a more serious note, Ms. Bahnik told a story of just what the Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich does to help children. She said Executive Director Gail Canovan told her of a family in great need that was referred to them by the OB-EN School District. “We work very closely with them,” Lori said. They were alerted to three young children who were not doing well in school. To help the children they arranged to have them join their before and after school programs. 

Ms. Bahnik explained, “Children are dropped off at 7 a.m. and are given breakfast. From there they are bused to school. They come back to the BGC after school for homework help and fun and are picked up from 6 to 7 p.m.”  

The club decided to give them a scholarship by paying 90 percent of the cost for the three children. The mother couldn’t afford to contribute her 10 percent and so the staff funded the remaining 10 percent so the children could attend. When conditions worsened for the little family, the club arranged for clothing and school supplies for the children. 

“This is why you are all here helping to raise money to assist families like these. Thank you,” said Ms. Bahnik. She also offered the ladies the opportunity to pick a “snowman” off their tree with a wish list inside and become that family’s Santa. For more information please call 922-9285.


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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com