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Classic Cars On Audrey Ave.

Although it was cloudy, the weather did not keep people from gathering on Audrey Avenue last Tuesday for the season’s weekly Cruise Night, one of Oyster Bay’s most popular summer events. The street was filled with colorful cars, from V.W. Beetles to Corvettes, and old and young alike walked the street to take in the spectacle.

“My brother comes all the time but this is one of my first times coming,” said Jenny Marino of East Norwich. “I didn’t realize how big of an event this is. It’s really cool.”

Standing out on the side of the road was a shining red and black 2010 Camaro owned by James Pugliese of Massapequa. The car was beautiful on the outside but had more history to it when you went under the hood.

“This is a Dale Earnhardt Camaro made when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame,” said Pugliese. “They only made 10. This here is the fourth. It’s autographed by the whole Earnhardt family and I got a customized picture of him air brushed under the hood.”

Pugliese’s car was one of the many amazing automobiles in attendance, ranging in age and color. No matter the style, shade, or year, it is almost guaranteed that anyone would find something of interest in the 30-plus cars in attendance. With food booths, live music, and the lively atmosphere that can only be found in the heart of Oyster Bay, not even the occasional drizzle could dampen the mood of the car owners who came show off their wheels.

“I come here to show the car, that’s all,” commented Pugliese, “Otherwise, I’m the only one who sees it.”

Cruise Nights are every Tuesday night in the summer, weather permitting, and take place on Audrey Avenue by the gazebo from 5:45 to 9 p.m. For more information, go to www.visitoysterbay.com/cruise-night.html.

News

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.

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.


Sports

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.

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.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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