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Dodgeball Contest Raises $1K For Program

Take nine Friends Academy faculty, almost 250 Upper School students and add in a bunch of criss-crossing yellow and orange dodgeballs and you have the makings of one of the largest Friends Academy fundraisers for the North Shore Sheltering Program in Glen Cove.

On Friday, March 28, the Upper School club W.A.T.C.H. (We Are The Community Helpers) sponsored one of the school’s largest dodgeball tournament ever. Reams of students paid $5 each for the potential honor of taking on the Faculty Team.

“All of the student teams wanted to play the faculty,” said WATCH advisor Judy James. “The event would not have been the same without the teachers. They really motivated the kids to come.”

Student teams ranged in size from 8 to 20 players, including the entire lacrosse team. Some adopted costumed themes for the evening – the “Milk team” wore all white, while others adorned various headgear (from football helmets to bear hats to ski goggles) to make their presence known. The two-hour evening event ultimately raised $1,244.00 for the North Shore Sheltering Program in Glen Cove.

Founded 18 years ago by concerned local citizens after two homeless men froze to death in Glen Cove, the shelter is housed in the parish hall of the Glen Cove Presbyterian Church. Every day at 6 p.m., the shelter’s doors open and welcome any and all men without a place to sleep. The shelter also offers daily hot meals as well as medical services.

“Most of the local men who turn up at the shelter are only homeless in the winter,” explained James. “The rest of the year they are able to find work and earn enough to get by.”

Since the shelter only opens part of the year during the coldest months (November-March), it is not eligible for any government aid and must operate solely on donations.

Since its founding, the Friends Academy community has been providing help through the cooking and serving of dinners, and donations of sleeping bags, toiletries and other non-perishable items. Many of the weekly sandwiches that FA students make in school are also donated to the shelter and according to James, “may be the only lunch many of these men have.”

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.


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