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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

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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