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Local Charity Teams With Golden Gloves

Oyster Bay-based charity Moms Who Kick, Inc., will get a donation from the upcoming Golden Gloves fight in Glen Cove, to help with their efforts in the fight against cancer.

Started by Joanne Hutchins of Bayville, Moms Who Kick Inc. is a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for breast and ovarian cancer research and prevention. Hutchins and other women from Moms Who Kick will be present at the March 27 event at the Glen Cove High School, and hosted by the Glen Cove Boxing Club, and will take to the ring as Ring Card Girls while raising awareness for women’s cancers and promoting the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.  

“I am promoting physical fitness and proper nutrition to lead a healthy lifestyle,” says Hutchins, who fought in the Long Island Fight For Charity last year, which brought to her to the Glen Cove Boxing Club to train.

At the club, she met her coach Billy Strigaro, also of Bayville, who she still trains with. Strigaro, a former Marine Champ and professional boxer, has been a trainer at the club since the 1970s, spending hours of his free time helping others get in shape and helping them follow their dreams.

“I’ve been here a year and a half, and I’m sticking around,” says Hutchins, 49, who regulary trains at the club and hopes to one day get her coaching license. “We’ve formed a partnership...this is my home.  I’m also thankful to the boxing club because they will make a donation to the charity.”

 Glen Cove High School graduate Emily Colon, who holds the titles of 2013 Long Island Champ and 2013 East Coast Metro Champ, and Wendy Sincuir, LI Fight For Charity contender and winner, have both represented the club in their quest for the Golden Glove trophy.

Colon, who lost her fight last week to Christina Cruz, has been a part of the boxing club on and off since she was about 12 years old. She began to get really serious about it at age 21, and has high goals for herself, with the ultimate goal of making it to the Olympics.

“I’m going to keep doing it, so far I am reaching every goal I’m trying to reach,” she says. “I’ve got a long road ahead of me but...I’m ready for anything.”

Established in 2005, GCBC is a non-profit dedicated to serving and training the Glen Cove Community free of charge. The gym is staffed by experienced coaches who are registered and certified with USA Boxing, as well as official volunteer coaches for the LI Fight for Charity. Residents from all across Long Island are welcome to train for a nominal fee.  GCBC is located on the Carney St. extension adjacent to Glen Cove Child Day Care, off Rt. 107 South.

Visit www.MomsWhoKick.com for more information.

News

There is a new psychic medium on the North Shore of Long Island to compete with the original “Long Island Medium,” Theresa Caputo. Her name is Mary Drew and she has been working for more than a decade doing private readings. Recently, Drew has expanded her horizons and has been conducting readings at restaurants, public events and fundraisers.

“I discovered my ability to speak and to hear the deceased voices when I was 10 years old,” said Drew, who grew up in Brookville and now resides in Glen Cove. “The first deceased person I had an encounter with was my grandmother and it was a very profound experience, to say the least.”

The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund and the Oyster Bay Rotary Club hosted the annual Oyster Festival “Kick-Off” press conference on Friday, Aug. 15 at the flagpole in Theodore Roosevelt Park.

In attendance were NY State Senator Carl Marcelino and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, both Honorary Oyster Festival Chairmen; Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr.; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coshignano; Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michelle Johnson; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph Pinto; Oyster Bay Rotary President Judy Wasilchuk; Verizon Title Sponsor Representative, Director of Government Affairs Patrick Lespinasse; Executive Director, h2empower, African Studies Specialist Helen Boxwill; Oyster Festival Sports Representative James Werner; Long Island Rough Riders Representative Sarah Culmo and Emcee Harlan Friedman.

The 31st annual Oyster Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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