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Opening Day At Sagamore Yacht Club

On Sunday, May 22, a perfect day, overlooking beautiful Oyster Bay Harbor, the officers and members of Sagamore Yacht Club gathered together to celebrate Opening Day and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Sagamore Club House.

As is the custom, Immediate Past Commodore, Darren Martin, conducted the proceedings.

Commodore Martin welcomed Past Commodores, officers, members, friends, family and visiting dignitaries to the 70th commissioning or opening day of Sagamore Yacht Club.

Gold Star Member, the Reverend Jean Butler, presented the invocation, which is the formal start of the Commissioning Day ceremonies.

Commodore Martin then thanked First Lady Georgia Gehrling and Captain Billy Friedman and his staff for putting together this wonderful day. He welcomed back Erin Van Dyke, a former launch driver, who is now Sagamore’s new food and bar manager.

The distinguished group of Past Commodores, dating back to 1991, a period of 23 years of leadership, were introduced and invited to stand up front. They are Commodores Joe Gentile, Len Hecht, Rich Benson, Chris Lorenzen, Greg Bradley, Dave Roach and Rob Casale.

The hard-working, dedicated trustees were then introduced and invited to come forward: Tony Miraglia, Ken Deering, Keith Swanson, Bill Mullan, Ray Wulff, Jeanne Lafiteau, Bill Peterson, and Alan Schaub.

The current officers of the Bridge were introduced: Treasurer Constantine Baris, Secretary Deanna Flanagan, Rear Commodore Kevin Curry, Vice Commodore Gerald Lalonde and Commodore Michael Gehrling.

The ceremonies concluded with the raising of the official flags.

This year the club had the honor of having two special groups who have joined to act as their flag detail. They brought forth the Union Jack, which was then raised by Jeanne and Bill Robinson, the club’s longest standing members.

The Past Commodore flag was raised by Denise and Cristine Casale; the Rear Commodore flag was raised by Pamela and Glenn Shorr; the Vice Commodore flag was raised by Marilyn and Ralph Pagano; the Commodore flag was raised by Scout Leader Kelly Gallo and Scout Master Charles Corso.

The honor of raising the SYC Burgee went to  Jaclyn and Jason Siegel.

Christine Casale, daughter of Past Commodore Rob Casale, came forward to sing the National Anthem, having just sung it at Citi Field to open the Mets/Braves game.

Past Commodore Martin called the assembly to attention . All were asked to hold a breast salute until the cannon sounded and the National Anthem was over.

The National Ensign was then raised by the Scouts. This was the end of the formal commissioning ceremonies.

Commodore Mike Gehrling then addressed the membership. He thanked the hard working volunteers who help run the club, introduced the committee chair persons and then introduced the guests who participated in the opening day affair:

Representing the Oyster Bay Sail and Power Squadron, Senior Commander Elena Budkina, SN; Troop Leader, Oyster Bay Girl Scout Troop # 220, Kelly Gallo; leader of the Sea Scouts, Ship # 12, Charles Corso; Commissioner of Nassau County Bay Constables Michael Craft, unable to attend, sent greetings wishing all a safe and fun filled season.

The SYC club house officially opened 50 years ago with Town Supervisor Thomas Pynchon cutting the ribbon at the ceremony. At the rededication on this day, Michael Venditto, Nassau County Legislator for the 12th district came up to the podium to read a rededication plaque. Commander Gehrling then presented him with a SYC Burgee.

The Commodore concluded by saying, “We as officers and board members for the 2014 season hereby accept your faith and trust and we shall endeavor to manage this club with respectability to past traditions and a sense of well-being for all our members. I believe we are establishing the opportunity for this club to be here another 50 years.”

Following the commissioning, the members and guests enjoyed an excellent meal.

News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



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