Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00
An exciting matchup of two premier Northeast college soccer teams will take place in the Town of Oyster Bay, Town Councilman Joe Pinto announced. The town will host a
College Soccer Challenge and Youth Soccer Festival on Sunday, August 18, at John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa, featuring a game between the NCAA men’s soccer forces from Hofstra and Lafayette. The game will begin at 4 p.m.
“Soccer fans in our town will not want to miss this festival which will showcase some of the area’s best soccer talent and will make for an entertaining day for the community to watch and enjoy,” Councilman Pinto said.
Hofstra is led by Head Coach Richard Nuttall, who is entering his 25th season as head coach at Hofstra. Prior to joining Hofstra, Nutall was a professional soccer player in England and was also a member of the Long Island Rough Riders. Hofstra will be looking to continue the success of last season, in which the team finished with a record of 11-6-4 and advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Game.
The Leopards from Lafayette, under the direction of head coach Dennis Bohn, are the defending Patriot Division Champions and enter the season with a streak of 12 consecutive winning seasons. They are one of the most successful college soccer programs in the Northeast. This year, the team is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the program’s inception back in 1913.
In addition to the outstanding collegiate game, young players will be treated to a Town of Oyster Bay Free Youth Clinic at 2:30 p.m., where kids can practice soccer techniques
and enjoy a barbecue with players and coaches.
“Soccer is of the most popular sports on Long Island and the soccer fans in our community, especially the young athletes who play the sport, will definitely enjoy this festival,” Councilman Pinto said.
The councilman noted that admission is free for town residents, but all attendees are encouraged to bring cans of food, which will be donated to Island Harvest to benefit the fight against hunger.
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.”