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Strong Field Highlights Town Of Oyster Bay 5k Run

A total of 634 runners and walkers finished the event, 50 more than in 2011

Seventeen seconds separated winner of 2012 Oyster Bay Supervisor’s 5K run, 24-year old Conor Shelley of Rockville Centre from a pack of six other top competitors to repeat as the top finisher on Oct. 13. The event was the opener for the Oyster Festival. Conor scored in 15:16 as the top seven finishers crossed the finish line in the Townsend Square parking lot within 17 seconds of each other.

Top honors in the women’s division went to 27-year old Jodie Robertson in 17:16, holding off runner-up Karen Roa of Port Jefferson by six seconds. Evidencing the overall strength of the field, the first 16 finishers broke the 18-minute mark on what is not an easy course, and 38 finishers broke the magic 20-minute mark.  A total of 634 runners and walkers finished the event, 50 more than in 2011.

Local Runners

Top local finishers were Kevin Giannetti of Oyster Bay, who scored in 25th place Overall and second in the 59-54 age group in 18:36, and Kevin’s daughter Nicole Giannetti, who was the fifth woman overall in 19:10, and took first place honors in the women’s 15-19 age group.

Other local award winners included Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley (1st, Athena Weight Division), Tyler McBride of Oyster Bay (2nd 14 and under), Windy Finn of Oyster Bay (3rd 14 and under), Kiera Scognamiglio of East Norwich (4th 14 and under), Lia Stanco of Oyster Bay (5th 14 and under), Carlonie Kelly of Oyster Bay (4th 15-19), Cody Exum of Oyster Bay (4th 15-19), Eamonn Conway of Oyster Bay (5th 15-19), Kate Cifarelli of Oyster Bay (4th 25-29), Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay (3rd 50-54), Mark Fallon of Bayville (1st 55-59), Bob Bartolotti of Oyster Bay (5th 55-59), and Nina Jennings of Mill Neck (1st woman 75-79).

Thanks go to the Town of Oyster Bay for partnering with the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) on what could be the most interesting 5K course on Long Island. The club also thanked its  sponsors: Pro Sports Physical Therapists of Huntington and Oyster Bay; Allan Sobel and South Shore Outdoor for donating sweatshirts and trophies; Glen Wolther and All Round Foods for donating baked goods. Extra thanks to Bob Cook and The Runner’s Edge helping with the generous prize money stipend that helped to bring a large contingent of Long Island’s fastest runners this year.

Thank You To The Community  

Club President Mike Polansky added one final note: “We thank all of our Oyster Bay friends and neighbors for their patience and their understanding as we bring one of Long Island’s most important running events to Oyster Bay each October.  I am well aware that there may be some inconvenience to some local residents as the race proceeds, although we do everything we can to minimize that inconvenience.  We try to notify everyone who could be affected by the event by mail, but if we missed you this year please call me at 349-7646 and we will be happy to add you to our mailing list.  Please also feel free to call me at that number with your thoughts as to how we can minimize any inconvenience to you.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News

The Oyster Bay community paid tribute to award winning journalist Marie Colvin at Oyster Bay High School on Saturday, Oct. 11. The school library was officially dedicated in her name and a portrait of the journalist who died on the frontlines in Syria in 2012 was proudly displayed at the entrance of the library. The event was put together by members of the Oyster Bay class of 1974 who held their 40th class reunion over the weekend.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dennis O’Hara gave a short speech in honor of Colvin’s name. Nassau County legislators Judi Jacobs and Donald MacKenzie also gave speeches, along with Colvin’s sister, Catherine Colvin, and Donna Fiore-Houman, who helped coordinate the event. Both were members of the class of ‘74. Founding dean of the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University, Howard Schneider, also gave a small speech at the end of the ceremony.

Some people deserve a long obituary: in a way, it is a tribute to the number of people’s lives they have touched, so for Dottie Brandt, it is a given. A long line of mourners stretched down the street from the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, in Oyster Bay, where Dorothy R. Brandt, known to everyone as “Dottie,” was laid to rest, soon after her death on Friday, Sept. 12.

Dottie was a beautiful woman that age couldn’t change. When your warmth, spirit and love come from the inside, it keeps the outside looking bright and fresh. Dottie was always smiling, full of energy and always willing to help people.


Sports

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.

The Diane Whipple Foundation with the cooperation of Manhasset PAL, Manhasset School District and St. Mary’s High School Athletic program has announced a premier College Division I Women’s Lacrosse Scrimmage day on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Competing in this great event will be Columbia, Fairfield, Michigan, Sacred Heart, Stonybrook, UCONN, UMASS, and USC.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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