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Island-Wide Interest In Tree Project

Who knew? Women knitters and crocheters from all over Long Island are coming to boot camps to crochet panels for the Stitched Hamlet for Oyster Bay. It is because this is the first time Long Island has a project of this magnitude, explained Patricia McSkane of The Knitted Purl.

The third boot camp took place at Dodds & Eder Home on Jan. 30. It was a ladies night out as women found items from the warehouse sale at the newly re-organized store. At the front of the store the crafters sat at displays of outdoor furniture under umbrellas. The project, sponsored by the Knitted Purl, the Main Street Association of Oyster Bay and the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce is to transform trees and telephone poles in the downtown area into works of art inspired by world-renowned fibre artist Carol Hummel. Some were crocheters, many were knitters, some were learning to crochet for the first time. They were all there to benefit the Stitched Hamlet, and were having fun and chatting, not unlike an old time sewing bee.

Lara Bartscher and Abby Calleo worked together. It was Calleo’s first time crocheting. She said she always thought of it as something for old ladies. “When I told my daughter I was going to do crocheting, she said ‘Cool’ and that was great to hear,” said Calleo.

McSkane said there are two more boot camps planned. The Madd Potter, 17 Audrey Avenue, is hosting a boot camp on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; and the Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit Street, is hosting one on Thursday, March 6 at the Koenig Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m.   

McSkane said about half the needed panels are already completed. “A lot of the volunteers have returned to drop off their pieces and to pick up more. Everybody is excited and I can’t be more thrilled about the level of involvement of everyone and the community.”

One of the volunteers is determined to do all the green panels needed and is working to complete them each and every one, finishing one and picking up the yarn for the next.

Many of the women are also sponsoring trees. Barbara Parlente sponsored a tree for her family for Christmas and it will have all their names on their sign. Oyster Bay resident Nora Bohl has sponsored three lamp posts, all to be located consecutively, for her family. Knitter Stanca Petrovic, a full time nurse, has sponsored two trees: one for herself and one for the Anthony Petrovic Foundation in honor of her son.

There is a layout of the streetscape plans available at the Knitted Purl, and an invitation to sponsor a location. Large trees are $200, standard trees, $120; light pole, $50; information kiosk, $80. Already taken are the three bandstand cannons, $75; and the entire bandstand, $435. The cost incorporates a donation to the Youth & Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich.

There are about 38 trees involved in the project that will cover the area from Townsend Park, and the Derby-Hall Bandstand to the west and the Life Enrichment Center on the east; and on South Street north from the Knitted Purl to south to the Friends of the Bay and the kiosk in the alleyway.  

The Knitted Purl is located at 80 South Street. Call 516-558-7800 for information. The store is open Monday to Wednesday and Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Thursday the hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Sunday the Knitted Purl is open from noon to 5 p.m.

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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