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They’re 36 And Counting

Life Enrichment Center celebrates love

for one another on their anniversary

Valentine’s Day was chosen as the perfect time to celebrate the 36th anniversary of the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay. In the absence of an executive director, since October when Gail Speranza left, Mary Frignani, program coordinator and Nancy Farinaccio program assistant, and all the staff members, have been sharing those responsibilities.

LEC member Belle Santora said, “They have been doing a wonderful job of running the center.”

Nancy Farinaccio said the day started with a concert by the Oyster Bay High School students. They also brought a great many raffle items they gathered from the community as a fundraiser for the center.

Farinaccio said the staff decided to focus on Valentine’s Day for the event. “The senior center [then known as the Doubleday Babcock Center in acknowledgement of the fund that supported the project] opened on Feb. 10, 1977. It was an outreach of Christ Church and was to be a one-day a week program but kept on evolving until now it is a five-day a week program that runs from Monday to Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.”

Reality vs. Perception

LECOB board president John Sant’Angelo recently said, “The biggest misconception the public has is that the center is somehow government funded by the Town of Oyster Bay, or is paid for by our taxes and so say, ‘Why should I be paying for it?’

“That is not at all the truth. The LECOB is a private institution in the hamlet. Just a portion, about one third of the funding, comes from Nassau County. The other portion is raised through fundraising in the community, from individuals and other sources.” [The town has cut back on its funding of the center and now provides $13,000 a year.]

For instance, he said, “There is a new bus for the DayBreak program. It was privately funded. Robert Garland donated the money after he passed away, to get/buy the bus.”

Understanding that need for funds, made it especially endearing that the OBHS students went throughout the community gathering raffle donations. The items seemed to come from every local restaurant and beauty salon. The names included: La Pizzetta, CVS, La Posh, Rite Aid, Serata (which gave two $50 gift certificates); Angelina’s, Joyce Nails, Elegant Hair Salon, Aurora hair salon, La Bonne Boulangerie, Saggio’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and 4-U Nails, when this reporter stopped writing. The list was still being announced as they called out more raffle numbers.

Linda Libertini won the 4-U Nails gift certificate and was delighted since she goes there. Libertini ran the Mar-Lyn beauty salon in Oyster Bay, with her sister Domenica.

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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