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Catholic Daughters Hold Scholarship Tea

Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Sacred Heart #370 held its annual Scholarship Tea in March in the Silveri Center of St. Dominic R.C. Church. The event was a benefit to raise funds for two scholarships that are given to a deserving senior at graduation from the Oyster Bay and St. Dominic High Schools. Each year the tea is attended by at least 100 people.

All of the tea sandwiches and desserts were homemade by the members. Most importantly, the servers were comprised of students from both schools, who give their time and volunteer as a community service. The students included: Danielle Sugar, Christina Testa, Julia Testa, Haley Warshaw, Bob Morris, Liam Gagliao, Dana Galgano, Michelle Morris and Branden Warshaw.

The raffle gifts were donated by about 46 local merchants, who have been very generous over the years.

The 2014 officers include: Regent Mickey Hawxhurst, Vice Regent Janet Carpenter, Treasurer Mary Keppler, Recording Secretary Laura DeJesu, and Financial Secretary Mary Mazzo. The Afternoon Tea Committee members include: Co-chairladies Maria Czarniecki and Joan Berbig. The Assistant Chairladies were: Pauline Thibault, Patricia Kelly, Mickey Hawxhurst, Kate Alyward, Ann Schlicker and Bette Murphy. Mickey Hawxhurst was in charge of publicity and tickets.

Guests all went home with recipes from Heavenly Delights, a collection of recipes by the New York State Catholic Daughters.

Scottish Oat Scones

By Theodora Farrell, Court Bemadine#185

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/4 cups Quaker Oats (Quick or Old Fashioned, uncooked)

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

2/3 cup of butter or margarine (melted)

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 tablespoon Cream of Tartar

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1/3 cup milk

1 egg lightly beaten

Half cup of currants, diced dried mixed fruit, dried cranberries or dried blueberries.

Heat over to 425˚F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. In large bowl combine flour, oat, ¼ cup sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt: mix well. Add butter, milk and egg; blend well. Add to dry ingredients all at once; stir with fork just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in your choice of berries. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface; knead gently 8 to 10 times. Roll or pat dough into 8-inch circle about a half inch thick.

Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Cut into 10 wedges; place on cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Serve warm.

Scotch Shortbread

By Frances Sarkies, Court Santa Maria #164

1 cup sugar; 4 cups flour, 2 cups of butter.

Cream butter and sugar together and work in flour. Chill. Roll out about ¼ inch thick on a lightly floured board. Cut with pasty wheel, small fancy cutter, or cut into diamonds. Bake in slow oven at 325˚ or until slightly browned.

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

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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