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Christie Property Plan No Go

A decision was made on the Christie Property, located in East Norwich, at last Tuesday night’s Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education meeting. The parcel of land that is owned by the school district had been considered for a sports complex in recent years, but environmental studies showed the land as being unfit for public use. According to the study, which was released at the board meeting by Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations Chris Van Cott, part of land is deemed as wetlands and is protected by the Nassau-Suffolk Regional Marine Resources Council.

“Part of land on the property has been deemed as wetlands and is restricted from public use,” said Van Cott. “Also, there is a species of toad that is protected there as well as some plant life. Therefore, the idea of developing the property is now off the table.”

Other News:

Multiple retirees were honored at Tuesday night’s board meeting, including Trustee James Robinson, who has served for 12 years on the board. Robinson was a Board Trustee from 2002 to 2014 and served as Board President from 2006 to 2011. He was awarded a commemorative plaque by Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld.

Other retirees from the district who were recognized include Joan Acquilino, who served as District Office Secretary for Accounts Payable. Acquilino has been working in the district for over thirty years, first came on board in 1980. Vernon librarian Christine Fountaine, who has worked in the district since 1986, announced her retirement this past year.

District Office Secretary in charge of Employee Benefits Barbara Reiser announced her retirement as well as high school secretary Barbara Grosso and cafeteria monitor Angelina Pilla.

News

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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