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Sagamore Yacht Club Opening Day

On Sunday, May 19, Sagamore Yacht Club held one of the most important events of the year: Opening Day, marking the commissioning of the officers and the club, and the official start of the boating season. 

 

In years past, the ceremony has taken place under sunny skies, however, this year it rained, so most of the event took place inside the clubhouse. 

 

Past Commodore Darren Martin was the Master of Ceremonies. He thanked the officers, trustees and committee workers for all the accomplishments under his tenure, and Georgia Gehrling and Kris Lalonde for organizing the event. He also talked about the new programs coming up in this coming season, particularly the reinstating of the Junior Sailing Program. 

 

He then started the formal ceremony of commissioning Sagamore Yacht Club for the 69th season. 

 

Jean Butler, Reverend of the Syosset Community Church and long-time member of SYC, presented the invocation and led the assembled members and guests in prayer. 

 

Past Commodore Martin then introduced a most distinguished group, the past commodores who were present: Joe Gentile, Chris Lorenzen, Greg Bradley, Dave Roach, Maureen Austin and Rob Casale. 

 

He introduced the trustees Ken Deering, Keith Swanson, Tony Miraglia,  Mike Maffucci,  Jeanne Lafiteau,  and Ray Wulff, followed by the current officers: Commodore Michael Gehrling, Vice Commodore Gerald Lalonde, Rear Commodore Kevin Curry, Secretary Deanna Flanagan and Treasurer Constantine Baris. 

 

The rain stopped long enough for the official raising of the flags. The Union Jack was raised by Mike and JoAnn Anthony; the Past Commodore Flag was raised by Denis and Suzanne Siple; the Rear Commodore flag was raised by Emily and Isabelle Curry; the Vice Commodore flag was raised by Janice and Dick Longworth; the Commodore flag was raised by Fred and Georgia Gehrling; and the Club Burgee was raised by Mario, Kelly and Alisa Gallo.

 

The formal ceremonies concluded with the raising of the American Flag by Captain Billy Friedman and Eric Smith, the sounding of the cannon, and finally the Flag Salute.  Then Commodore Gehrling invited all to a buffet dinner.

News

One of Oyster Bay’s newest summer traditions is Dancing in the Street, which takes place every Friday in July at the gazebo in town. Sponsored by the Oyster Bay Main Street Association, half of Audrey Avenue is closed off and a DJ is called in for a great night of community dancing from 7-9 p.m.

“This is a great tradition and a beautiful town,” said visitor Michaela Lachance from Cooperstown, NY. “Everyone is having a wonderful time.”

Last week, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy officially announced his candidacy for New York State’s 5th Senate District. The previous week, he became a Democrat after being ousted by the Nassau GOP as a Republican Assembly Candidate for implementing New York’s Marriage Equality Law and officiating same sex weddings.

“This is about being a public servant,” Kennedy said. “I took an oath to uphold the constitution and the laws of the State of New York.”  


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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