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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

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.

An expert’s tips on bringing the

best of your garden into your home

Right now, Oyster Bay is in bloom. From the well-tended gardens of Planting Fields to unmowed patches near the Shu Swamp preserve, flowers are not just beautify our community, they also are calling out to us to bring them inside our homes to add color and fragrance. You don’t hear them? Trust me, the flowers in your garden are even calling you by name.

But don’t just stuff a bouquet in a vase. Make them look as good and last as long as possible. To find out how to do that, as well as how to improve your backyard flora, I asked Scott Lucas, the greenhouse supervisor of Old Westbury Gardens for some advice. He invited to join him in his cutting garden.


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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