Written by Georgi DeMartino, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 04 January 2013 00:00
The Life Enrichment Center hosted a party for all senior members of the community to enjoy the holiday season together on Thursday, Dec. 20. The event had a turnout of more than 150 members and staff, and the room was buzzing with excitement and joyful spirit.
The celebration started off with a dance performance by The Sensational Terri’s Tappers, a tap dancing group of women, ages 60 to 85. Terri’s Tappers have been performing at the center for the last 10 years, and do so free of charge.
Miss Terri, dance instructor and previous owner of Miss Terri’s School of Dance, says, “it’s fun and we’re all friends. It’s a great time!”
After the dancers completed their routine and all board members of the Life Enrichment Center were introduced, lunch was served. The kitchen crew had been working hard for four days to have the meal prepared for the attendees. Once lunch was over, member Dan McGowan read a short piece called “If Heaven Had Voicemail,” and Joe Arggiero sang “My Way” by Frank Sinatra.
The Holy Trinity High School Choir of Hicksville, led by Ann-Marie Hoher, performed a holiday medley, both accompanied by piano, as well as a capella. The audience seemed to really enjoy the concert, especially a solo of “O Holy Night” by one choir member, Salvatore Valentinetti. This is the third year that Holy Trinity’s Choir has performed at the center’s holiday party.
Following the choir’s recital, a raffle of an Italian Gourmet Basket was offered to raise money for the center. Tickets were priced at one for $2 or three for $5. Once the winner was announced, John Sant Angelo, president of the center’s board of directors, gave a short speech.
Sant Angelo said, “This center is just a sign of what a wonderful community we have here.”
The event concluded with a special visit from Santa Claus himself, who gave out candy canes to all the members as they went on their way.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than with music, and critically acclaimed pianist Stan Wiest will be hosting a holiday sing-a-long at Locust Valley Library to help get everyone in the mood on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Wiest has been playing piano since he was 5 years old, and now, at age 69, has recorded his first CD; an album that has been so well-received, it is a top seller on Amazon.com. The talented pianist spent much of his early career traveling and says he played every supper club in Manhattan, while also working full time on a TV soap opera. To promote his album, his local circuit also includes a presentation at Forest Books in Glen Cove on Dec. 12.
About 30 years ago, Wiest stopped traveling to be with his wife and kids and has been running a music entertainment business in Fort Salonga. Now, with his new album, he’s back on the road, something he never expected to happen at this point in his life.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
It was a cold night for the annual Menorah lighting at the Derby Hall Bandstand last Monday. The event, which is sponsored by the Oyster Bay Civic Association, was well attended though, with Oyster Bay Jewish Center’s Rabbi Marvin Demant leading the crowd in cheerful Chanukah songs.
“Every year we gather at the gazebo to celebrate the miracle of Chanukah,” said Rabbi Demant. “It is actually very special this year because Thanksgiving and Chanukah will overlap for the first time in almost 100 years.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With grit, determination and all-out teamwork, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Soccer team completed their quest for a third state soccer championship, defeating a tough Lansing High School, 1-0, in the New York Class C State Championships.
Both teams kept the game at a tight 0-0, until 20 minutes into the second half, when a throw-in from senior Patrick Moodhe (Manhasset) connected with the head of senior Jon Nierenberg (Sands Point) for the game’s only goal.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Nicole Giannetti entered her third cross country state meet in her career with one goal in mind: to place in the top 20 and earn an all-state medal. After finishing 38th in 2011 and 26th in 2010, the goal was definitely within her reach.
“She was ranked 25th according to one website, so we knew it was going to be close,” said Coach Kevin Cotter. “After looking at some of the times of her competitors, I told her she could potentially finish in the top 10. If she fell short, at least she would still remain in the top 20 and earn that elusive medal.”