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Boys & Girls Club Spring Luncheon

Bayville’s Crescent Beach Club was the place to be on Thursday, June 5, when the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Boys and Girls Club and Bahnik Youth Center hosted the Annual Spring Luncheon. About 125 guests were there at 11 a.m., when the event began with the opening of 16 boutiques. As appetizers were served, guests browsed through unique articles for sale: artisan soaps, sea-themed serving trays, toys, baked delights, books about teddy bears, handmade jewelry, elegant gifts, and much more.

Author-illustrator Kathleen Bart had a boutique table covered with her picture books about teddy bears. A Tale of Two Teddies, Bart’s first book, tells the story of Theodore Roosevelt’s hunting trip in November 1902. Roosevelt, known as Teddy, refused to shoot a trapped bear cub. It inspired one man to hand-sew a small bear and put it in a store window. Roosevelt granted him permission to call it a Teddy Bear. Her boutique area was crowded with book lovers and T.R. lovers alike. For more, see Kathleen Bart’s website at kathleenbart.com

Patricia Marcellino, Ed.D. was among the guests. Her spouse, Senator Carl Marcellino, was unable to attend, but they both support the club and its programs. Patricia said, “It is a very worthwhile organization, and even in the rain we see a great turnout today. It’s because people believe in the mission of the Boys and Girls Club, especially here in Oyster Bay-East Norwich.”  

Guests moved into the banquet room where a delicious lunch was being served.  As they settled in, Lori Bahnik, who is the co-president of the board of trustees of the Boys and Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich and the Bahnik Youth Center, took the stage.

Bahnik said, “I was worried when I saw the rain. I thought it would be a nice day to do all my things inside, but I was so happy to come here and be with all of you.”

She talked about a hard-working single mother of 8-year-old twins who barely makes ends meet.

“The mother has to work, and her girls have been coming to us, but she did not know what she would do in the summer. Thanks to all of you and your generosity, we have been able to get the children a scholarship for summer camp. This is one way you help our members. Thank you for being here today and for supporting the Boys and Girls Club.”

Bahnik presented flowers to the event co-chairs Marie Bahnik and Ewa Litke.

Copies of a Boys and Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich publication called “Scrapbook History of Programs for Youth 1952-1998” were available for guests’ perusal. The club went through many false starts, including the OBEN Youth Association, a short YMCA affiliation, and the OBEN Youth Council, finally becoming the Boys and Girls Club in 1990. The publication is full of articles from local newspapers on the small place for teens that became a beautiful space for kids of all ages to be safe, learn, and thrive. Throughout the years, many people have given time, energy and support to the club, and they are profiled in the publication.

The Boys and Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich and The Bahnik Youth  Center are at 1 Pine Hollow Rd., Oyster Bay. For information on the club, programs, and how to contribute, call 516-922-9285, or visit www.bgcoben.org.

News

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.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

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.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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