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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

Oyster Bay is becoming a known name on the Long Island bar scene thanks to the recent success of its very own craft beer created by The Oyster Bay Brewing Company. Established in 2012 by Gabe Haim and Ryan Schlotter, two friends who quickly jumped at the opportunity to home brew and create their own beer, these Long Islanders are excited to be doing what they love while representing Oyster Bay.

“There is a lot of opportunity in Oyster Bay, being a hamlet on the water and on the North Shore, we thought it would be a perfect fit,” said Haim. “Oyster Bay is going through a resurgence and we wanted to be a draw in the town. “

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

July Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 30

Babysitting and First Aid Workshop

Thursday, July 31

Opera Night

Saturday, Aug. 2



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