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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

Tundra, the arctic snowy owl, fixed her golden eyes upon me, clucked her beak, then turned her head, ready for her close-up. Two months earlier she was near death at LaGuardia Airport, emaciated with a broken wing, but was saved by a dedicated group of people called Volunteers for Wildlife. The organization located at Bailey Arboretum in Lattingtown houses not only the rehabilitation hospital for wildlife but has aviaries where the public can see the rescued birds.

Earlier this month at the Seawanhaka Yacht Club, 160 people arrived for the organization’s fundraising gala.

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion.

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”


Sports

Muttontown resident and Kellenberg freshman Ceara Ann Conroy has been named an All-League athlete for Girls Winter Track. The title of All-League is awarded to athletes based on a vote of all the coaches in the NSCHSAA League. All of the Girls Winter Track coaches in the league vote based on the athletes performance during the season, and Conroy’s outstanding performance has earned her the title of All League this year.

The Girls Varsity Lacrosse program at Oyster Bay High School is just in its second year and already it is making a difference. Senior defender Danielle Maggi has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Albright College.

Last year Maggi was recognized as the “Most Improved Player,” and this year she is being recruited to play in college.

Maggi said, “We did very well in our first varsity season last year (12-2). This year we are 100 percent going for the conference. I’m excited we finally have a varsity team.”


Calendar

Women Minding Their Own Business

Thursday, April 24

Dance Concert

Friday, April 25

Harbor and Beach Cleanup

Saturday, April 26



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