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Oakcliff Art Show Supports Sailing

Oakcliff Sailing Center is a magnet for the sailing set in Oyster Bay, as seen last Saturday. The Circles of Oakcliff was the theme of the Art Show and Champagne Luncheon held on March 1 at the campus of the Oakcliff Sailing Center that is the training hub for Olympic hopefuls.

The invitation explained, “Oakcliff and Oyster Bay are circular entities, much like the rings of the Olympics. They are beautiful in their perfect circles, but beyond the simplicity of form is a thriving network supported by the hard work of the athletes, coaches, environmental protection, volunteers and countless other members of a large team…”

And together, founders Betsy and Hunt Lawrence with Dawn Riley, executive director, have created a vibrant waterfront and a training school for the young racing hopefuls for the Olympics in Brazil. Staff members gave tours of the facilities, including the soon to be constructed Sailors Bunkhouse.

Beautiful weather turned up for Oakcliff’s second annual Spring Art Show that was created and curated by Betsy Lawrence who also participated as an artist working in several mediums: oils, bronze and plywood. In keeping with their theme of the Intersecting Circles of Oakcliff, Oyster Bay and the Olympics, even the catering was all about circles and the letter “O” said Dawn Riley, executive director in her blog.

“James Muir of Artaux Catering presented a menu including: Omelets, Olympic blueberry pancakes, Octopus in a soba noodle salad, Orzo salad with feta, Olives and sun dried tomatoes, tiny circles of caviar on blinis, and finally a rum soaked mount Olympus cake.” It sported the Olympic symbol of five rings superimposed over a sketch of a sailboat.

The artists all donated some, if not all of the proceeds to Oakcliff.

Outside the sailing center was a 49er, that special class of boat that was used in the London Olympics, a hint of what is to come from the Oakcliff teams. It is the class of boat that Oakcliff coach Eric Storck sailed in the London Olympics in 2012.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the art, to support Oakcliff’s work, Riley said, “All artists can be reached by sending a request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information about Oakcliff and its racing programs please call 516-802-0368.”

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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