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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

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

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.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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