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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

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.


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Thursday, Nov. 27

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Friday, Nov. 28

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