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Valentine’s Fair Weekend Fun

Get ready for love. The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the third annual Valentine’s Fair in Oyster Bay on Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9. As the place where the first documented Valentine’s Day card was sent, it is a natural. Captain Simcoe sent the first romantic Valentine’s Day card to Sally Townsend, opening up the door to today’s celebrations.

The weekend will be filled with activities for everyone. The Chamber, along with Raynham Hall, the Chocolate Lady and several local shops, have organized the two-day celebration which boasts fun children’s events, crafts, classical music, great food and special chocolate offerings, boutique shopping, a Chocolate Fair and Family Valentine’s Day.

The program also includes special events at Christ Church. Saturday there will be classical music provided by Voci da Camera as well as chocolate and other Valentine’s fare in a comfortable setting featuring classic outdoor furniture from Dodds & Eder. Sunday will include the showing of Chocolat. The admission to this romantic feature film is only $5 per person and delicious hot chocolate and other treats will be available at the “concession stand.” Lee Perrotta, Oyster Bay’s own Chocolate Lady and New York State Chocolatier of the Year award winner, will be there to share insight into the tasty aspects of the film.

“You can celebrate Valentine’s Day anywhere, but it lacks the authenticity unless you’re here,” said Raynham Hall Executive Director Harriet Gerard Clark.

Current Chamber President Dottie Simons added: “There’s something for everyone. Along with the Valentine’s Fair, we are celebrating what we’ve been calling Family Valentine’s Day on Sunday. It’s a day where families and friends can get together with grandparents, children, friends…and even pets. Valentine’s is about love and should not be restricted to couples.”

The culmination to the Valentine’s celebration, of course, is the Valentine Evening Gala benefit for Raynham Hall Museum on Friday, Feb. 14. Come celebrate Valentine’s Evening at the Raynham Hall Museum event honoring Patricia P. Sands and the Oyster Bay Main Street Association, Feb. 14 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Piping Rock Club. Dinner, music and auctions for a fee: basic tickets are $250; $200 for junior members, 35 and under.

The invitations add a dress code: red shoes and festive attire. Does that mean dance until you drop? Please call 516-922-6808 for reservations.

All events will be posted to the OBEN chamber web site at visitoysterbay.com. Local merchants who still want to participate can contact the Chamber at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce, advocates for the success and advancement of local businesses by establishing business connections, generating exposure through networking and advertising opportunities, and developing new resources by sharing the knowledge base of more than 150 local companies.

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

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.


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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