Written by D.F. Karppi Tuesday, 06 November 2012 10:00
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.”
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.
Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00
Serving Oyster Bay and the rest of Long Island since 1990, Periwinkles is an Oyster Bay business on Audrey Avenue that assists with event planning, staging and staffing and catering a multitude of different events. Periwinkles was started by Pat Spafford, who was encouraged to take her passion and make it a career.
“I was raising a family and doing this part-time,” said Spafford. “One of my clients encouraged me to make it full-time. Most of my clientele was from Oyster Bay so I settled here. I have a huge affection for the people and the place. It’s great that I have been successful here for so long.”
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00
On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.
GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.
“I had this idea for a festival years ago, and when I finally nailed down a date, people are coming out of the woodwork to be a part of it,” says Losee.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:27
Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.
Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.