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Centro Cultural Hispano Youth Group Leads Free Sports Clinic

As 6 p.m. arrived, Ashley Zavala, a Centro Cultural Hispano Youth Group member and eighth grader at Oyster Bay High School anxiously awaited the arrival of the first registrants in the gymnasium of the Roosevelt Elementary School, on March 24. “We hoped to have about 25 to 30 kids register,” Ms. Zavala said. By the end of the night the youth group had met its expectations. “It was a great outcome,” added Christopher Husmann a senior at Massapequa High School.   

Eight junior varsity and varsity basketball players from Oyster Bay High School and Massapequa High School led a basketball clinic, where they ran the kids through various drills. “I was really impressed by how effortlessly the older kids jumped into that ‘teacher’ role. They didn’t need much guidance from the adults. They knew how, and what, to teach the kids based on their ages,” said Adolfo Zepeda, program coordinator for Centro Cultural Hispano, located in the Christ Church parish hall at 61 East Main Street, in Oyster Bay.  

After the basketball session was over, all the children participated in a martial arts clinic that was led by Alfredo Maldonado. “I think this is a great event to have because it allows kids the chance to experience something new,” said Kevin Vasquez, an eighth Grader at Oyster Bay High School. “It lets them think about what kind of sports they might want to play in the future.”

The evening concluded with a dance clinic led by Ana Lucia Zepeda, a junior at Syosset High School and member of that school’s kickline team. Ms. Zepeda taught the children dance choreography to the tune of “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus. “My goal was to have the kids learn a dance routine that they would remember and then show their parents at home and friends at school,” said Ms. Zepeda.

High Energy Level

The energy level throughout the evening never waned and many children left asking when the next sports clinic would be held.

“The atmosphere that the youth group members created with the younger kids was fantastic,” said Cinthia Scavone, program director. “One of the goals of the youth group is to empower local youths by participating in civic-minded activities, be that by organizing events such as tonight’s sports clinic, or through taking on a mentoring role at our after-school program C.A.R.E.”

“Can we do handball next time?” asked Dennis Mejia, a fifth grader at Vernon Middle School. “I can’t wait until the next one!”

Centro Cultural Hispano and its Youth Group would like to thank Lee Perotta of The Chocolate Lady in Oyster Bay for her support of this event. To learn more about the youth group and Centro Cultural Hispano, or how to get involved, contact their office at 558-7020; or send them an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or “like” them on Facebook.

News

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.

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.


Sports

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.

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.


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Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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