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Pasta Dinner Raises More Than $72K

Locust Valley FD Operation Wounded Warrior Pasta Dinner

The Locust Valley Fire Department’s 5th Annual Operation Wounded Warrior Pasta Dinner proved to be a success. In the midst of the season of giving, the co-chairs of the event, Paul Long, Paul Marecki and Brian Plumb, announced the final figure.  

“As unbelievable as it may be,” said Paul Long, “we have once again surpassed our previous year’s total, as this year’s total after expenses was $72,520.” 

Long, on behalf of the co-chairs, continued, “Words cannot express our gratitude and indeed our awe at the generosity shown by our neighbors and friends from both Locust Valley and neighboring communities from Glen Cove to Bayville to Oyster Bay and to those that came from even further away to attend our 5th Annual Operation Wounded Warrior Pasta Dinner.”

Earlier this month approximately 50 firefighters from various Nassau County fire departments, including Locust Valley, made their annual trip to Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center hospital with U-Haul trucks full of gifts for injured troops. 

Along with the gifts, the firefighters also bought and delivered some items such as recumbent bikes and treadmills to fulfill some special requests that they had received. The recumbent bikes enable those with serious injuries to once again ride with their spouses and their children, as they can no longer ride using regular bicycles. The donated treadmills also help others to continue their physical therapy. 

The firefighters also brought large screen TVs for some of the barracks on the bases and laptop computers to help those with more recent injuries stay in touch with their families and friends while they are in the various hospitals.

Long explained, “This year we met and handed out gifts to approximately 500 injured troops recovering at Fort Bragg Army Base, approximately 200 recovering injured marines at Camp Lejeune. While thankfully there were less than the usual number of injured troops at Walter Reed, the experience of visiting these very recently injured troops does not get any easier. 

“Some of the firefighters who went on that trip spoke of meeting ‘Mike,’ a young soldier who had been hit by an IED. Mike suffered the loss of both arms and both legs, yet still he was strong enough to meet with us and talk of sports and share a laugh or two. We gave him our simple gifts of an iPad, blankets, an OWW fleece with our logo and some Christmas cards written by local schoolchildren. Mike then did as all of these young men and women do, thanking us for what we do as firefighters and for raising awareness and money in our communities for him and his brothers and sisters in the military. The word “humbling” does not say enough as for our experiences upon meeting these young heroes! May God Bless them always!”

Long continued, “Again, as I have said before, words cannot portray the gratitude we were shown by our young men and women, so many of whom have suffered life changing injuries, upon our arrival with gifts for them. They all become very emotional once they learn that these gifts are the direct result of the generosity of the people of Long Island. They embrace us and hug us, thanking us for remembering them. Again, on behalf of Operation Wounded Warrior and the members of the Locust Valley Fire Department, we thank you all most sincerely.”


News

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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