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Softball League Helps Child In Need

Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr. joined with Nassau County Legislators Michael Venditto and Rose Walker at a ceremony in which the Over the Hill Gang presented a check for $20,000 in support of EllieAnna Barters of Farmingdale, a child who was born with a rare liver disease.

The Over the Hill Gang is Farmingdale men’s softball league with players aged 40 and older. The league is open to residents of Farmingdale and to all Town of Oyster Bay residents with games being played at the Town’s Ellsworth W. Allen Park.

The recipient of this year’s fundraiser, EllieAnna has endured several surgeries, including a liver transplant and is now suffering from a rare post-transplant disease which requires expensive treatments. Town Clerk Altadonna thanked the members of the softball league for their efforts, their kindness and their compassion for a young town resident. EllieAnna’s mom is a native of Farmingdale and her dad serves in the United States Marine Corps. Also pictured are Over the Hill Gang President and Founder Jim Reilly, League Officer Joe Reilly, Treasurer Jerry Iavarone, Webmaster Mitch Maghakian, co-chair of the fundraising event Nancy Maghakian, co-chairperson of the fundraising event Anne Jambor, League Officer Gary Jambor, fundraiser committee member Sara Cook, EllieAnna and her mom, JenniLynne Barters.

News

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

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.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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