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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

“Visitation is up 300 percent,” said Harriet Gerard Clark, Raynham Hall Museum director.

“Two-thirds of them come because of reading the book by Brian Kilmeade, George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution, and seeing the series ‘Turn’ on A&E,” added Tom Valentine, docent, who keeps the list of visitors. Soon the series will include the story of Robert Townsend of Oyster Bay who was known as Culper, Jr. when he was a spy for George Washington.

Alex Sutherland, director of education, nailed his definition. “He was the most important spy for George Washington because he had the perfect cover. He was pretending to be a Loyalist and writing for a Loyalist newspaper and befriending British officers at his coffee shop in downtown New York while secretly collecting information.

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Sports

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.

Ice Dreams, an Olympic Ice Show starring 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jason Brown and aspiring local skaters, is coming to Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Sept. 20.

Isabella Skvarla, 13, Julia Tauter, 12, and Chiara Vlacich, 12, all of Oyster Bay, Julia Forte, 12, of Locust Valley and Riley Stein, 11, of Bayville will be skating in the world class show to celebrate the opening of the best figure skating facility Long Island has ever seen.


Calendar

Art In A Meadow

Saturday, Sept. 13

Bayville Oktoberfest

Saturday, Sept. 13 - Sunday, Sept. 14

Hurricane Preparedness

Tuesday, Sept. 16



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