Written by Adolfo Zepeda, CCH programs coordinator Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00As 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.
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!”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
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.”
Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:08
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.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:58
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.