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Run For Wildlife

Senator Carl Marcellino and Brian Zimmerman of the Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District were honored for their outstanding efforts on the part of the environment by the Huntington Oyster Bay Audubon Society at its 2nd Annual Walk/Run for Wildlife and Conservation on Sept. 28.  

In his remarks accepting the award, Senator Marcellino praised the Audubon Society as being one of the organizations he truly respects.  He commended Audubon as an organization which remains true to its values, visions and goals. The senator said he has had positive interactions with the Audubon Society, whether on a local or state level.  

In accepting his award, Brian Zimmerman of the Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District said, “I am truly honored to receive this award today from the Huntington Oyster Bay Audubon Society. It is awards like this that give me the inspiration to work even harder for the people of Nassau County and their local governments, schools and businesses. I look forward to continuing to work with Audubon on habitat and wildlife issues.”

In her remarks, Stella Miller, president of the Huntington Oyster Bay Audubon Society thanked everyone for coming to participate in the Walk/Run for Conservation and Wildlife. Miller said that the proceeds raised by the walk/run would be used by the society to further protect wildlife habitat, to assist the society in providing education to the public regarding conservation and wildlife issues and in working to set public policy. She also expressed her thanks to the Planting Fields Foundation and New York State Parks for allowing the Huntington Oyster Bay Audubon Society to use Planting Fields.  

Each participant received a shirt courtesy of Entroubadour. Starbucks of Woodbury provided cold drinks for the walkers as well. A raffle was conducted, with the top prize being a pair of binoculars valued at over $600 donated by Pentax binoculars. Other raffle prizes were donated by Sage Bistro, Wild Honey, Sapsuckers, Mara’s Homemade, Harbor Mist, Umberto’s, Mobil Family Auto Center in Huntington, the Bronx Zoo, Syosset Car Wash and Fairway Markets.  

For information about the work of the Huntington Oyster Bay Audubon Society, visit their website at Huntingtonaudubon.org, and for the Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District at nassauswcd.org.

News

In a little-known chapter of New York City’s history, the name of police officer Phillip Cardillo is spoken in hushed, revered whispers. Though he was tragically killed in the line of duty back in 1972, the burning embers of his memory are still fanned by a passionate few who wish to finally obtain for the fallen hero the elusive recognition that he truly deserves.

At their Oct. 8 meeting in Mineola, the Nassau County-based Association of Retired Police Officers (ARPO) held a heartfelt ceremony, as both Cardillo as well as the driven NYPD detective who has fought for justice in his name for the past four decades, were honored as the true heroes that they are.

In what was their last free meeting at the Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich, the East Norwich Civic Association presented a money saving/energy saving program. It was presented by Marriele Robinson of the Homeowner Support PowerUp Communities group, an outreach of the L.I. Progressive Party. She came to offer free energy evaluations of homes to make them more energy efficient, which will save money.

She said Poor Richard’s Almanac promises it to be very cold this winter, and this is a way to plug up your energy leaks, with both current savings on needed work and through rebates resulting in future savings. After an energy assessment of your home, PowerUp will present you with a report based on their contractor’s assessment, which will outline all the ways you can improve your energy efficiency. The report will include all the potential rebates to reduce the cost of the upgrade which includes the option of financing through PS&G, which will include the monthly payments in your monthly bill.


Sports

A number of awards were given to runners in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich area at the Oct. 18 Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run, including 23-year-old Justin Nakrin of Oyster Bay, who finished in 12th place overall and second in the 20-24 age group, and 43-year-old Daniel Valderrama of Oyster Bay, who scored in 17th place overall and second in the 40-44 age group. Maggie Reid of Locust Valley earned first place honors in the 15-19 age group.

The indomitable 81-year-old Nina Jennings of Mill Neck was the oldest woman to finish the run, taking first place honors in the women’s 80-84 age group in 35 minutes, 11 seconds, a pace of 11:19 per mile. She was the fastest of all of the five finishers—male or female—who were 80 years old or more.

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.


Calendar

Ghastly Grounds

Thursday, October 30

Trick Or Treat

Friday, October 31

Long Island Baroque Ensemble

Sunday, November 2



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