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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

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

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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