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Seniors Enjoy Holiday Party

Entertainment included song and dance

at the Life Enrichment Center

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.

News

“I didn’t know I needed my own Teddy Bear,” said a woman after the first annual Teddy’s Taste of the West dinner and fundraiser at Canterbury Ales on March 19.

Members were given an authentic Teddy Bear as a surprise gift at the end of the evening. As they say, membership has its privileges and that includes a June 11 event when Ken Burns will come to share a preview of his new film on three Roosevelts. Burns’ film explores the political and family ties between President Theodore Roosevelt, President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a Roosevelt in her own right.  

The preliminary 2014-15 school budget was adopted at last Tuesday night’s Oyster Bay-East Norwich school board meeting. The proposed budget, which came in at a figure of $54,578,478, is a 2.01 percent difference from the 2013-14 final budget figure of $53,504,111. With a budget to budget change of $1,074,367, it is the lowest expenditure increase in the last 15 years. No programs were cut as a result of balancing this budget.

“The biggest change in budget numbers is in the area of salaries and wages with a budget to budget increase of $683,428,” said School Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld.


Sports

Muttontown resident and Kellenberg freshman Ceara Ann Conroy has been named an All-League athlete for Girls Winter Track. The title of All-League is awarded to athletes based on a vote of all the coaches in the NSCHSAA League. All of the Girls Winter Track coaches in the league vote based on the athletes performance during the season, and Conroy’s outstanding performance has earned her the title of All League this year.

The Girls Varsity Lacrosse program at Oyster Bay High School is just in its second year and already it is making a difference. Senior defender Danielle Maggi has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Albright College.

Last year Maggi was recognized as the “Most Improved Player,” and this year she is being recruited to play in college.

Maggi said, “We did very well in our first varsity season last year (12-2). This year we are 100 percent going for the conference. I’m excited we finally have a varsity team.”


Calendar

LI Sound Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, April 19

Annual Egg-stravaganza

Saturday, April 19

Palliative Care

Wednesday, April 23 



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