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‘Break the Ice’ Swim Held at TR Park and Marina

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto and Town Councilwoman Beth Faughnan visited with the participants and volunteers at this year’s United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County’s (UCPN) 8th Annual Polar Bear “Break the Ice” Swim at Theodore Roosevelt Park and Marina.

Alex Gallego past President of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce has often participated in the Polar Bear swims, representing the chamber. This year he brought along his two beautiful daughters.

“It was Natalie and Anna’s first plunge and the water temperature was 10 degrees warmer than last year.. but that did not make the plunge easier. Typically what happens is that as your body temperature regulates to the warmer level of the surrounding air and as a result, the water feels a whole lot colder,” said Alex.

Mr. Gallego and the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce raised $2,000 for this worthy cause.

The event included 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. 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 fundraise with UCPN by visiting http://ucpn2012polarbearplunge.kintera.org

News

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”

One of Oyster Bay’s newest summer traditions is Dancing in the Street, which takes place every Friday in July at the gazebo in town. Sponsored by the Oyster Bay Main Street Association, half of Audrey Avenue is closed off and a DJ is called in for a great night of community dancing from 7-9 p.m.

“This is a great tradition and a beautiful town,” said visitor Michaela Lachance from Cooperstown, NY. “Everyone is having a wonderful time.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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