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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

With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, Long Islanders taking mass transit may find themselves caught up in the mad dash of the holiday rush. But on the Oyster Bay line, riders are lucky in that they don’t experience the same level of stress over parking as some of the busier lines do.

“The Oyster Bay station never seems to get that crowded, but we’ll see what happens during Thanksgiving holiday when a lot of people come to visit families. I don’t think I’ll have a problem commuting, though,” says Michael Miniero, an Oyster Bay resident who regularly commutes to work on the LIRR.

What better way to celebrate a 100th birthday than by having a new room inauguration filled with local residents, live music and cocktails and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres. That is what happened at the Locust Valley Library Sunday evening, Nov. 9, as the community room was officially renamed the Matinecock Neighborhood Association Community Room. Proceeds from the event went to the restoration of the new room.

Speakers at the centennial celebration included Library Board of Trustees President Charles Brisbane, Library Administrative Director Kathy Smith, Locust Valley Historical Society President Herb Schierhorst and Matinecock Nation Chief Little Running Fox.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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