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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

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.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


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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