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Turkey Trot/Chicken Run Invitation

Annual Matthew Fetzer Foundation benefit run on November 10

The Oyster Festival reaches into the community and helps many people as they work to help others. The family of Ann and Bill Fetzer of Bayville continue to honor their son Matthew, who lost his battle with cancer on April 7, 2005, at age 10. Their nonprofit group worked to fund the Matthew Fetzer Foundation at the Oyster Festival. The MFF supports children with cancer and has an annual toy drive for children in the hospital.

“Matthew’s Lobster Booth was voted third best food at this year’s Oyster Festival’s Best of the Food Court Contest,” said Ann Fetzer.

She said, “Thank you to everyone that worked at Matthew’s Lobster Booth, we had such a great time. Thank you to everyone that came and supported us, also. It was great to see so many people coming back year after year. We have had the same man on both Saturday and Sunday be our first customer for several years now.

“Matthew’s Lobster Booth is such a great way to raise money in honor of Matthew, and we truly thank everyone involved with making it a success from the bottom of our hearts.”

She added, “We are always getting asked ‘What do you need ?’ We always say we’ll let you know. Well here it is.

“We need everyone and your friends to sign up to run in Matthew’s Turkey Trot/Chicken Run on Nov. 10.

“We need sponsors for the race. Your name or your business’ name will be put on the back of the T-shirts we are giving to the runners. Contact us and we will send you the sponsor form.

“We need gift cards, some to raffle off and some to give to the families in the hospitals. You can get them anywhere, even at the grocery check out counter.

“We need new toys to bring to the hospital.”

She added, “All the money raised goes to Children with Cancer. Thank you for your support.”

5th Annual Turkey Trot/Chicken Run

Matthew’s Turkey Trot 5 Km (fee $25) begins at 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 10. It is preceded by the Chicken Run (free), that is a 1 Km race that starts at 9 a.m. held on West Harbor Beach, Bayville. It is a benefit for the  Matthew Fetzer Holiday Toy Drive & Foundation, for kids with cancer.

Ms. Fetzer added, “We’ll have T-shirts for the first 200 runners to register. There will be awards given out, refreshments and giveaways, post race. Please come out and have some fun at a great race and help kids with cancer.”

You can pre-register for the Turkey Trot /Chicken Run on the Village of Bayville website, bayvilleny.gov or call 628-1439.

News

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Movie: Godzilla

Thursday, Sept. 25

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Sept. 26

Plein Art Competition

Saturday, Sept. 27



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