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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

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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