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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

In a little-known chapter of New York City’s history, the name of police officer Phillip Cardillo is spoken in hushed, revered whispers. Though he was tragically killed in the line of duty back in 1972, the burning embers of his memory are still fanned by a passionate few who wish to finally obtain for the fallen hero the elusive recognition that he truly deserves.

At their Oct. 8 meeting in Mineola, the Nassau County-based Association of Retired Police Officers (ARPO) held a heartfelt ceremony, as both Cardillo as well as the driven NYPD detective who has fought for justice in his name for the past four decades, were honored as the true heroes that they are.

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.


Sports

A number of awards were given to runners in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich area at the Oct. 18 Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run, including 23-year-old Justin Nakrin of Oyster Bay, who finished in 12th place overall and second in the 20-24 age group, and 43-year-old Daniel Valderrama of Oyster Bay, who scored in 17th place overall and second in the 40-44 age group. Maggie Reid of Locust Valley earned first place honors in the 15-19 age group.

The indomitable 81-year-old Nina Jennings of Mill Neck was the oldest woman to finish the run, taking first place honors in the women’s 80-84 age group in 35 minutes, 11 seconds, a pace of 11:19 per mile. She was the fastest of all of the five finishers—male or female—who were 80 years old or more.

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.


Calendar

Ghastly Grounds

Thursday, October 30

Trick Or Treat

Friday, October 31

Long Island Baroque Ensemble

Sunday, November 2



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