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Gallego Financial Group Opening At The Octagon Hotel

Last Wednesday, June 4, was the opening of the Gallego Financial Group of Raymond James, brought in with a celebration at the group’s office, the Octagon Hotel on West Main Street. The reception was lively and filled with many guests, all present to support East Norwich resident Alex Gallego, who acted as president of the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce for three years, stepping down in 2010.

At the reception, Gallego said he was excited to be continuing his work in Oyster Bay. “We were committed to stay in Oyster Bay,” said Gallego. “We knew that this is the place we wanted to be.”

Previously, Gallego worked as senior vice president and branch manager of Stifel Nicolaus Financial Corp on Audrey Avenue, but when the office was rumored to close, Gallego left and joined Raymond James in order to stay in the area. Raymond James, of which the Gallego Financial Group is a branch, provides financial counseling to individuals and organizations, as well as assisting in investing and asset management.

The Octagon Hotel will be the home of the Gallego Financial Group; the hotel having a rich history all of its own. Originally a hotel as its name implies, it was the place where President Theodore Roosevelt had his staff’s offices during his time as governor of New York. In recent years it was used as an automotive garage.

“We’re happy that the renovations went so well and that we will be working here,” said Rosemarie, Gallego’s wife. “We’re able to preserve this little piece of history.”

The Gallegos and their three children, who will all attend Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale next fall, live in East Norwich where Gallego can commonly be seen walking his dog, Mikey, whom they adopted from Mike’s Barber Shop in town. Locally, he is the fundraising chairman of the Hispanic Cultural Center, coach in the Locust Valley/Bayville Soccer Club, and a member of the New York Military Reserve.

News

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.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, Long Islanders taking mass transit may find themselves caught up in the mad dash of the holiday rush. But on the Oyster Bay line, riders are lucky in that they don’t experience the same level of stress over parking as some of the busier lines do.

“The Oyster Bay station never seems to get that crowded, but we’ll see what happens during Thanksgiving holiday when a lot of people come to visit families. I don’t think I’ll have a problem commuting, though,” says Michael Miniero, an Oyster Bay resident who regularly commutes to work on the LIRR.


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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