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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

You may not actually see who is leaving books and magazines for the commuters at the Locust Valley Train Station, but those who have nicknamed these delightful and dedicated women the “Book Ladies.”

Sue Klein and Joan McCauley, who are Friends of the Library, have been collecting donated books from the community and displaying them at the Long Island Railroad waiting area every week. The Book Ladies have also displayed Locust Valley Library programs so that commuters are aware of all the wonderful events that are going on.  

There will be a different look to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education come September. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher Van Cott is leaving his position to take a similar role in the Oceanside School District. He is following in the footsteps of past OBEN School Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Harrington, who also left to take a similar position in Oceanside last year. The district will begin their search for a replacement for Van Cott this summer.


Sports

The Varsity Baseball Team finished the season with a league record of 11-3-1. In the playoffs, the team swept Carle Place in a best of three set to advance to the county finals vs. Wheatley at Hofstra University. The team finished the season as County runner-ups. The team was a nice combination of veteran varsity leaders and new comers to the varsity with six senior players and four freshmen on the squad. Along with four juniors, the team maintained the winning ways of a program that has won the league championship 7 out of the last eight years and won the county championship 6 of those years. Senior Berkeley Golon, Junior Jackson O’Neill, and Junior Stephen Spiegel received All-County honors. Senior Robbie Venegas and Freshman Harrison Treble received All-League honors. With two All-County pitchers coming back and four freshmen going into their second varsity season mixed with the other juniors and new players coming up from another successful JV season, the team expects to continue to work towards the goal of another county title next season.

The 2014 Oyster Bay High School Lady Baymen varsity spring track team recently completed a most memorable and record breaking season. Two school records were shattered this season; one relay record and one individual. Oyster Bay’s 4x800 meter relay team comprised of seniors Nicole Giannetti, Cassandra Iacono and juniors Linda Cameron and Rachel Wesley, broke the existing school record, and later broke their own record with a time of 10:01.56 at the Section VIII State Qualifier Meet on May 29.

Nicole Giannetti‘s senior year as a member of the Oyster Bay Girls’ Varsity Track team will also be one that will be long remembered. In addition to helping break the school’s 4x800 meters relay record, Giannetti broke the school’s 2000 meter steeplechase record, with a time of 7:23.79. Winning the 1500 meter run in very dramatic fashion at the Nassau Coaches Invitational, with an amazing time of 4:59 was a memorable mid-season highlight. Giannetti earned All-Conference honors in both the 1500 meters and 3000 meter runs and All County honors in the 2000 meter steeplechase. Giannetti qualified for the New York State Track and Field Championship in the 2000 meter steeplechase, finishing fifth and thus earning All-State honors. Giannetti was recruited by Haverford College to run for them when she attends this fall where she will study bio-chemistry.

Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



Columns

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