Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00
The top local finisher in the 26th annual Runner’s Edge-Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon was 16-year-old Glen Lostritto of Old Brookville, who took second place in the 16-19 age group and finished 18th overall. Kelly Pickard was the first Oyster Bay woman to cross the line, putting her in seventh place overall among the women. The triathlon was held on Saturday, Aug. 24 under near-perfect weather conditions.
Other local award winners include:
Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley (first master, Athena Weight Division)
Steven Quigley of Bayville (first Master Clydesdale plus Weight Division)
Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay (third female 20-24 age group)
Darren Monti of Muttontown (fifth male 35-39 age group)
Jeri Cavagnaro of Locust Valley (first woman 65-69 age group)
Daniel O’Connell of Oyster Bay (first male, 65-69 age group)
Steve Schloss of Muttontown (first male 75-79 age group).
The prime charitable beneficiary of the triathlon was once again the Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay. Executive Director Sylvana Gulla was on hand at Roosevelt Park to cheer the athletes home. Other beneficiaries include the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Gerald Kaufman Memorial Fund.
The Greater Long Island Running Club once again collaborated with the Town of Oyster Bay in staging the event, with GLIRC’s Ray Farrell and Jose Lopez serving as co-directors with Recreation Supervisor Diane Ramos weighing in for the town.
The event consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, followed by a 9.3 bike ride through Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and finishing up with a 5-kilometer run up to Planting Fields and back to the finish at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park.
The main event was followed by the Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon on Sunday, Aug. 25 at Roosevelt Park. More than 200 youngsters ages 8-13 got to taste the excitement of a triathlon.
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.”