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Field Hockey Players Clean Up For A Cause

In between their morning and afternoon pre-season practices, the Oyster Bay Junior Varsity and Varsity Field Hockey teams washed cars for a wonderful cause, the Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics holds a great place in the game of field hockey, especially here on Long Island. To start off the season each year, every field hockey team in Nassau County competes in the Joan Gruanbaum Memorial Tournament in remembrance of the former Great Neck North coach and teacher who was a lifelong volunteer for the Great Neck Spirits, a chapter of the Long Island Special Olympics. The 29 girls involved in the field hockey program at Oyster Bay High School along with their coaches, Morgan Cestari and Kristen O’Leary, raised $390 dollars for the Special Olympics which they donated Saturday, Sept. 7 at the 11th annual Joan Gruanbaum Memorial Tournament.

The team had an amazing Varsity season last year. They defeated their biggest rival, Carle Place, twice last season; once at the senior game and again in the semi-final playoff game. They went on to play Friends Academy in the Nassau County class C finals and went into double overtime, sadly losing 0-1 within the final 2 minutes. However, the team played beautifully.

Although five key players have graduated, they left a legacy for the Oyster Bay field hockey program to carry on. They have high expectations this year and have had a promising preseason to back it up. The school has a JV team this year, which they have been unable to field the previous two years. That is great news for the growing field hockey program at Oyster Bay.

This year’s goal for the Varsity team is to make it back to the county championships and win it. This season’s key defensive player is Lindsay Sweet. Halsey Quinn will be dictating the midfield. The leading scorer to the forward line, Hannah Kaiser, will return.  

The field hockey teams will do another fundraiser for the Play4theCure game on Oct. 2 against Baldwin and will raise money for breast cancer at the annual pink game.   

Visit the athletics page on the school website (www.obenschools.org) for team schedules, directions to the away games and all their achievements.

News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



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