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Committee Prepares for Polar Plunge on March 11

Members of the Polar Bear Plunge committee enjoyed lunch at the Coach Grill after a visit to Roosevelt Park in preparation for the March 11th Polar Bear Plunge!

The convivial group included Mary Brosky, a Development Manager at the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. and the coordinator of the Polar Bear Plunge event; Pat Quinn the Community Outreach manager for UCPA of NC who helps get community involvement in the Polar Bear Plunge event; as well as co-chairs Frank Ozol, past chief Atlantic Steamer Fire Company; and co-chair Jack Sullivan.

The festivities will kick off at 1 p.m. with the polar bears taking the plunge at 2 p.m. (Make sure to take into account that daylight savings time goes into effect early Sunday morning at 2 a.m. on March 11).

The event will include the music of DJ Danny Kelly, free hot chocolate, coffee, tea, hot dogs grilled by volunteers from the Atlantic Steamer Fire Company, soup, raffles and other surprises. An indoor assembly area will also be available for the event, which will be held rain, snow or shine. The day’s proceedings will benefit the more than 1,800 children and adults with disabilities who participate in programs and receive services through UCPN.

For information about participation as a swimmer or a sponsor, please contact Charles Evdos, development director of UCPN at 378-2000 ext. 648 or visit www.ucpn.org. There is also a new way to register or fund raise with UCPN by visiting http://ucpn2012polar bearplunge.kintera.org.

“Let’s hope for nice weather on Sunday, March 11!”, said Pat Quinn.

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



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