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Maggi Commits To Play College Lacrosse

The Girls Varsity Lacrosse program at Oyster Bay High School is just in its second year and already it is making a difference. Senior defender Danielle Maggi has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Albright College.

Last year Maggi was recognized as the “Most Improved Player,” and this year she is being recruited to play in college.

Maggi said, “We did very well in our first varsity season last year (12-2). This year we are 100 percent going for the conference. I’m excited we finally have a varsity team.”

Maggi plans to study computer science at Albright. She says she chose Albright as her school “because the lacrosse program is very strong. When I had my overnight official visit everyone around the campus had a positive attitude. Also, the school is big on sports, and very supportive. I also like to be involved with clubs; they offer multiple kinds that I can continue in college.”

While at OBHS, Maggi was a member of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and she was also a member of the OBHS Varsity Soccer team. As a junior she helped lead the soccer team into the playoffs.

OBHS junior Nicole Hauser plays on the Varsity Lacrosse team. About her teammate, she says, “Danielle is a very driven and hard-working player. She is a great teammate and leader, and I know that she will excel at the college level.”

Maggi says she “would like to thank my school coach, Mr. Charles Rizzuto, because he was one that pushed me throughout my seasons and got me to where I am today. He is a coach that cares about his players. He always had high standards for my team, which made us so successful. He does anything he can for us in and out of season.”

Coach Rizzuto had this to say about Danielle: “I am really proud of Danielle, and what she has accomplished in her time as part of this program. As a player, she is the vocal leader of the defense and someone we rely upon to make a big stop, or come up with a big ground ball when we need one. As a person, I have seen her mature right in front of me. For me, coaching is all about the little things, and one of my favorite moments so far this year was when we were playing Locust Valley. During a timeout, the team was jogging in, and our eighth grade goalie was jogging from her cage about 10 - 15 yards behind everyone else. Danielle stopped, looked back, saw her, and went back to jog in with her. When the two of them made it to the huddle, I looked at Danielle and said I love that. It was a cool moment because I do not think anyone but her and I knew what I was talking about. Danielle is the first person in the history of the program to commit to play lacrosse in college, and we are all very happy for her. It will definitely be very different next year not having Danielle around, but I wish her the best of luck and look forward to taking a trip to see one of her games in 2015.”

News

A lot of people think that our world would be better off without all of the insects in it. Not so, according to Lois Lindberg, volunteer naturalist at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Lindberg and fellow naturalist Wendy Albin gave a presentation about the importance of butterflies and insects in our ecosystem at the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s former home on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Butterflies and other insects are very important in nature,” said Lindberg. “People see bees, wasps and ants and other insects as pests, but they actually contribute to our ecosystem by each doing their own unique job. They pollinate the flowers and fruits and without them we would not be able to eat a lot of the stuff we eat every day.”

Building J at Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront is again up and running as the Ida May Project builds the 40-passenger oyster boat that will be operated by the WaterFront Center. The Ida May Project of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building.

Bill Shephard, Herb Scheirhorst, President Clint Smith and Project Manager Hank Tiska were there on a recent Thursday. Smith had left at around 2 p.m. to get a part he had at home they needed to fix the tractor they use to move the logs they cut to size in their saw mill. Fixing their equipment and cutting logs are some of the many projects that encompass the work.


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

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.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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