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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

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

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Opera Night

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