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Kilmeade's Passion Brings Spy History Alive

If Brian Kilmeade could be cloned and sent to all the high schools in this country, our love of America would grow by leaps and bounds; and students would get in line to take history classes. Speaking on Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Seawanhaka Yacht Club, Kilmeade shared tales of George Washington and his Long Island Spy Ring from his book George Washington’s Secret Six. Kilmeade's telling held the excitement of a Super Bowl finish—with Robert Townsend crossing the 30-yard line and heading for the end zone. (Kilmeade's first two books were sports oriented.)

The author is co-host of Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends and also hosts Kilmeade and Friends on Fox News Radio. This, his third book, hit number three on the NY Times Bestseller list and is Penguin’s leading book for the year.

Kilmeade, who was a jock at Massapequa High School, has that sports-writer enthusiasm when telling a story. He puts you right on the page with him as he takes you into the world of the George Washington Culper Spy Ring, which operated in the heart of the North Shore. It's where many of the listeners at Seawanhaka are from, and many had comments to add to his history.

Kilmeade appreciated the input, saying he wanted to thank all the people on Long Island who helped him nail down the true story of how George Washington’s spy ring pulled victory out of the hands of the British. The Brits didn’t think much of the colonists' ability to fight and didn’t realize that George Washington knew his chances were poor, and that only with the help of good intelligence could he win the war.

To search out the truth for the story that Kilmeade has been following for a decade, he got together a panel of 22 experts in the field, and taped the session, as they battled out the myths to find the stories behind them. He is still interested in finding out more of the story.

Kilmeade wants America to give Long Island its due. He is planning to add new material to the book when it comes out in paperback. It belongs on your shelf of local history.

The Spymasters lecture series will continue with  Evan Thomas speaking on March 9.  A “local son,” Thomas has authored eight books. His most recent is Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World (2012).

This great series brings to light the importance of spies and their intelligence work in  changing the outcomes of history.

Space is limited, so please call 516-922-6808 to reserve. Tickets are $100 or $75 for members. The lecture is followed by a buffet dinner.

News

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.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


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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