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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

You may not actually see who is leaving books and magazines for the commuters at the Locust Valley Train Station, but those who have nicknamed these delightful and dedicated women the “Book Ladies.”

Sue Klein and Joan McCauley, who are Friends of the Library, have been collecting donated books from the community and displaying them at the Long Island Railroad waiting area every week. The Book Ladies have also displayed Locust Valley Library programs so that commuters are aware of all the wonderful events that are going on.  

There will be a different look to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education come September. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher Van Cott is leaving his position to take a similar role in the Oceanside School District. He is following in the footsteps of past OBEN School Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Harrington, who also left to take a similar position in Oceanside last year. The district will begin their search for a replacement for Van Cott this summer.


Sports

The Varsity Baseball Team finished the season with a league record of 11-3-1. In the playoffs, the team swept Carle Place in a best of three set to advance to the county finals vs. Wheatley at Hofstra University. The team finished the season as County runner-ups. The team was a nice combination of veteran varsity leaders and new comers to the varsity with six senior players and four freshmen on the squad. Along with four juniors, the team maintained the winning ways of a program that has won the league championship 7 out of the last eight years and won the county championship 6 of those years. Senior Berkeley Golon, Junior Jackson O’Neill, and Junior Stephen Spiegel received All-County honors. Senior Robbie Venegas and Freshman Harrison Treble received All-League honors. With two All-County pitchers coming back and four freshmen going into their second varsity season mixed with the other juniors and new players coming up from another successful JV season, the team expects to continue to work towards the goal of another county title next season.

The 2014 Oyster Bay High School Lady Baymen varsity spring track team recently completed a most memorable and record breaking season. Two school records were shattered this season; one relay record and one individual. Oyster Bay’s 4x800 meter relay team comprised of seniors Nicole Giannetti, Cassandra Iacono and juniors Linda Cameron and Rachel Wesley, broke the existing school record, and later broke their own record with a time of 10:01.56 at the Section VIII State Qualifier Meet on May 29.

Nicole Giannetti‘s senior year as a member of the Oyster Bay Girls’ Varsity Track team will also be one that will be long remembered. In addition to helping break the school’s 4x800 meters relay record, Giannetti broke the school’s 2000 meter steeplechase record, with a time of 7:23.79. Winning the 1500 meter run in very dramatic fashion at the Nassau Coaches Invitational, with an amazing time of 4:59 was a memorable mid-season highlight. Giannetti earned All-Conference honors in both the 1500 meters and 3000 meter runs and All County honors in the 2000 meter steeplechase. Giannetti qualified for the New York State Track and Field Championship in the 2000 meter steeplechase, finishing fifth and thus earning All-State honors. Giannetti was recruited by Haverford College to run for them when she attends this fall where she will study bio-chemistry.

Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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