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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

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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