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Bayville’s ‘Clam Jam’ Big Success

The 13th annual Bayville Waterside Festival was held at Ransom Beach in Bayville on Sept. 14 and 15, giving residents a reason to get outdoors and enjoy the last official weekend of summer. Though the weather was on the cooler side, particularly on Saturday, people from all around Bayville and surrounding communities came out to enjoy local food, vendors, music and games for the kids, with the glorious beach view as a backdrop to the fair.

“The weather was beautiful, the music was great and the food was wonderful,” said Vincent Moscato, president of the Bayville Chamber of Commerce.

Hosted by the Bayville Chamber of Commerce for the sixth year, the annual fair known as the “Clam Jam” attracts vendors from around the North Shore, including the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association who proudly sell clams and oysters and Gooseberry Grove’s offering of sweet treats. The event used to be organized by the village before the Chamber of Commerce took over. This year, more than 70 vendors were involved.

One couple from Syosset was enjoying the day with their grandson, noting that it was their first time at the festival, and that it had been awhile since they had gotten to Bayville.

The weekend’s activities and attractions included a petting zoo, music by local classic rockers 6Gun5, and a 50/50 raffle.

Chamber member Mike Carrozza, of Bayville Wines, said the event was very well-attended.

“It was one of the more successful events in recent years,” he said.

The money made by the chamber is used to provide scholarships to Locust Valley High School students and for the annual Breakfast with Santa event held in the winter.

“All the money that comes in goes back into the community,” said Carrozza.

Moscato said he was very pleased with the turnout.

“We’re looking forward to doing it again next year,” he said.

News

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


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

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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