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Market Fresh In Locust Valley

The Locust Valley Farmer’s Market started in early June for locals and visitors to enjoy fresh produce from farms on Long Island.

Elaine Domaleski, from Gajeski Products in Riverhead, has been selling her nephew’s products at this market since it opened 12 years ago.  They enjoy coming to this market because of the people and atmosphere.

“It’s a very quiet, not very big market,” Domaleski said.

Gajeski Products is currently selling products in season such as carrots, strawberries and lettuce. Later in the summer, Domaleski says they will start selling blueberries and corn.

New to the market this year is Chez Hedwige, a gluten-free baked goods shop started by Edwige Oriol of Valley Stream. Oriol started the business after she discovered that she needed to have gluten-free products.

“You can have a cupcake and enjoy it, too,” Oriol said.

All of Oriol’s products are made with organic and natural ingredients such as coconut flour and flax seed. There are no additives, preservatives or ingredients in her products.

Maureen Barrett, Locust Valley resident, has been coming to the farmer’s market for the past 10 years.

“Everything is always perfect and delicious,” Barrett said. “[The people] are very fair, easy to talk to and accommodating.”

As far as favorite products go, Barrett said there’s not much at the farmer’s market that she doesn’t like.

“The strawberries and asparagus are out of this world,” Barrett said.

The farmer’s market will be in the Grenville Baker Boys and Girls Club parking lot from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Nov. 22.

News

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.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


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