Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
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.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than with music, and critically acclaimed pianist Stan Wiest will be hosting a holiday sing-a-long at Locust Valley Library to help get everyone in the mood on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Wiest has been playing piano since he was 5 years old, and now, at age 69, has recorded his first CD; an album that has been so well-received, it is a top seller on Amazon.com. The talented pianist spent much of his early career traveling and says he played every supper club in Manhattan, while also working full time on a TV soap opera. To promote his album, his local circuit also includes a presentation at Forest Books in Glen Cove on Dec. 12.
About 30 years ago, Wiest stopped traveling to be with his wife and kids and has been running a music entertainment business in Fort Salonga. Now, with his new album, he’s back on the road, something he never expected to happen at this point in his life.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
It was a cold night for the annual Menorah lighting at the Derby Hall Bandstand last Monday. The event, which is sponsored by the Oyster Bay Civic Association, was well attended though, with Oyster Bay Jewish Center’s Rabbi Marvin Demant leading the crowd in cheerful Chanukah songs.
“Every year we gather at the gazebo to celebrate the miracle of Chanukah,” said Rabbi Demant. “It is actually very special this year because Thanksgiving and Chanukah will overlap for the first time in almost 100 years.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With grit, determination and all-out teamwork, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Soccer team completed their quest for a third state soccer championship, defeating a tough Lansing High School, 1-0, in the New York Class C State Championships.
Both teams kept the game at a tight 0-0, until 20 minutes into the second half, when a throw-in from senior Patrick Moodhe (Manhasset) connected with the head of senior Jon Nierenberg (Sands Point) for the game’s only goal.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Nicole Giannetti entered her third cross country state meet in her career with one goal in mind: to place in the top 20 and earn an all-state medal. After finishing 38th in 2011 and 26th in 2010, the goal was definitely within her reach.
“She was ranked 25th according to one website, so we knew it was going to be close,” said Coach Kevin Cotter. “After looking at some of the times of her competitors, I told her she could potentially finish in the top 10. If she fell short, at least she would still remain in the top 20 and earn that elusive medal.”