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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

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.

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.


Sports

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.

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.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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