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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

With a general discontent about the view-blocking pedestrian railings recently installed along West Shore Road, the discussion at the Oyster Bay Civic Association meeting on Sept. 18 focused on the possibility of having the road designated as a scenic highway.

This concept was suggested by Gregory Druhak of Centre Island, a regular traveler along West Shore Road, who said, “I believe this is the most scenic drive on Long Island west of the Hamptons, perhaps on all of Long Island itself, and it is not being treated as such. I feel we are being given the Lefferts Boulevard [down by JFK airport] expressway extension instead. For all you can see, it might as well be the Belt Parkway below the fence instead of Oyster Bay. This is wrong.”  

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.


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
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com