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Watch Out Newport!

Making Oakcliff and Oyster Bay the

center of the sailing world in America

Oakcliff Sailing Center hosted a free champagne brunch and art reception to bring together people to see just how special it is. The Fragility and Resilience of our Dunes was the title/focus of the event held at 2 South Street on Saturday, March 2.

Dawn Riley, OSC executive director said, “It was a friend raiser and a celebration of art.  After three years, we are still the best-kept secret in Oyster Bay.  We are here for more than the boating community - we are here for the community. Art, job training, sailing etc.  And yes, we are working to make Oakcliff and Oyster Bay the center of the sailing world in America. Watch out Newport!”

Dawn is one of the dynamos of OSC; another dynamo is artist Betsy Lawrence.

Betsy and Ron Saccardo were co-curators for the art show. Betsy is a creative whirlwind. Anthony Pulgram is the OSC development director.

The centerpiece of the art show was a giant watercolor mural Betsy painted: a study of the dunes of Fire Island before Hurricane Sandy took the sands away. The painting was installed by hanging it from strings and on its reverse side was a mural of boats. The flip side was uncovered near the end of the reception. Another mural was hung over the bar area. Betsy also created several three-dimensional pieces, a bouquet of flowers, an hour glass, and an egg/Earth/blue marble — your interpretation welcome.

The giant mural required handmade Japanese paper. It comes from Central City Paper in NYC, in a box, said Betsy. She slowly unrolled the paper working on section after section to complete the work. Three mural panels were on display in the reception center.

Several other artists had their work hung in the show. They included: John Taylor, Teresa Waterman, Hannah Bonomo, Judie Swanson, Nancy Shapiro, Diane Schottenstein, Sue DiSanti, Kirk Larsen, Betsy Lawrence, Franklin Hill Perrell, Frank Olt, Elizabeth Roosevelt, Yana Frangiskos and Richard Bonomo.

The artists were recognizable by sprigs of yellow forsythia in their lapels. “We cut them a few weeks ago and forced the blooms,” said Betsy whose enthusiasm fuels her activities.

Those who came were invited to attend Hunt Lawrence’s Financial Seminar at 4 South Street which runs from 10 to 11 a.m. every Saturday during the months and Fridays during sailing season.

News

Some people deserve a long obituary: in a way, it is a tribute to the number of people’s lives they have touched, so for Dottie Brandt, it is a given. A long line of mourners stretched down the street from the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, in Oyster Bay, where Dorothy R. Brandt, known to everyone as “Dottie,” was laid to rest, soon after her death on Friday, Sept. 12.

Dottie was a beautiful woman that age couldn’t change. When your warmth, spirit and love come from the inside, it keeps the outside looking bright and fresh. Dottie was always smiling, full of energy and always willing to help people.

The music was rocking and everybody was dancing on Friday, Oct. 3 in the St. Dominic High School gymnasium as the school hosted its Fall Ball dance. The event included gregarious kids from St. Dominic’s dancing and socializing with 20 disadvantaged children from St. Christopher-Ottilie Family of Services in Sea Cliff.

“St. Dom’s is very active with St. Christopher-Ottilie during the school year,” said Janice Seaman, who was the party coordinator and one of many volunteers at the dance, which ran from 7 to 10 p.m. “This was the first time, though, that St. Dom’s invited the kids from St. Christopher-Ottilie to their school for a dance and it is a great way to bring some normalcy into these children’s lives and show them what a school function is like.”


Sports

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.

The Diane Whipple Foundation with the cooperation of Manhasset PAL, Manhasset School District and St. Mary’s High School Athletic program has announced a premier College Division I Women’s Lacrosse Scrimmage day on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Competing in this great event will be Columbia, Fairfield, Michigan, Sacred Heart, Stonybrook, UCONN, UMASS, and USC.


Calendar

That’s a Smash!

Wednesday, Oct. 15

East Woods Open House

Friday, Oct. 17

 Oyster Festival

Weekend, Oct. 18, 19



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