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Change Of Watch At Sagamore Yacht Club

The Change of Watch, an annual event to introduce the officers and trustees who will be running the Sagamore Yacht Club for the coming year, was held on Feb. 1 at the club house.

Vice Commodore Jerry Lalonde, acting as Master of Ceremonies, welcomed everyone and called for the Pledge of Allegiance.

He acknowledged the past commodores who were present—Greg Bradley, Dave Roach and Richard Benson—then introduced the present commodore, Mike Gehrling, who introduced the rest of the officers.

In addition to Vice Commodore Lalonde, the other officers are Rear Commodore Kevin Curry, Secretary Deanna Flanagan and Treasurer Constantine Baris.

Commodore Gehrling acknowledged the Board of Trustees Keith Swanson, Tony Miraglia, Ken Deering, Ray Wulff, Dave Roach, Bill Peterson, Jeanne Lafiteau and two new trustees, Bill Mullan and Alan Schaub.

The commodore then thanked all the committee chair people for their hard work in keeping the club house in great shape and for running all the many events that went on during the past year,174 in all. Events included functions specifically for families, for adults and for children.

New for the coming season, the Sea Scouts will be meeting at Sagamore Yacht Club. This, along with the very successful Junior Sailing program, helps to foster the love of boating and the importance of safety on the water.

Decorations for this event included a huge ice sculpture of a fish; a delicious dinner followed.

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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