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Egg Hunting At Raynham Hall

Sunday, April 13 was the perfect day for an Easter egg hunt, and Raynham Hall Museum was ready with 500 plastic eggs filled with treats placed in the yard of the museum. The hunt started at 11:30 a.m. with more than 100 excited kids and grown-ups swarming through the gate.

Theresa Skvarla, director of public relations, and Alex Sutherland, director of education, were ready. Kids were armed with baskets to fill and  parents had their cameras ready for memories with the Easter Bunny.  

“We have 500 eggs, which include nine special golden eggs,” said Sutherland. “These special eggs contain chocolate coins in gold foil. The kids love them.”

The two women explained the rules of the hunt to the crowd. The eggs were all in the side yard, some on the ground and some higher. There were  no eggs in the back or in newly planted areas. Most of the eggs were placed on the lawn so the kids, some as young as 12 months, could find them.

Lisa Orellana’s 7-year-old twins, Ava and Jake, each found a golden egg as they filled their basket.

Orellana said, “I’ve toured the museum before and I love it here. This is our first Easter egg hunt, and we are having a great time.”

Little Miles Moligano is 1 year old. Four-year-old brother Joey brought him eggs, and volunteer Emily Lattanzio gave Miles a  lollipop. Gena Moligano grew up in Oyster Bay, and has enjoyed the Easter egg hunt for several years. “Joey goes to the same pre-school that I attended over 20 years ago here in Oyster Bay. It’s a great place.”

After the hunt, the museum offered a class in Pysanky egg painting. Pysanky is a centuries old Ukrainian style of painting designs on eggshells. Anita MacDougall set up stations for the eight students who’d signed up for the workshop.

She said, “I became interested in the art of Ukrainian egg painting about 30 years ago. My children and I would paint the eggs. Now we have wonderful keepsakes. Then we used a tool to apply hot wax to resist different colored dye, and followed design patterns. Today the kids can use Sharpie markers to make their designs.”

The eggs had been pierced, and their contents emptied through the small holes. The  kids chose designs, outlined picked their colors, and applied the Sharpie colors on the eggshells.

Volunteers for the museum included Emily Lattanzio and Isabella Skvarla. Raynham Hall is located at 20 West Main St. in Oyster Bay. For information on programs, events and collections, visit raynhamhallmuseum.org or  call 516-922-6808.

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

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.


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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