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Spring Sports Program At The Boys & Girls Club

The new “Spring Sports” season will be instructed by Jamar West, who is an instructor at the Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sports management. Three separate sports programs will be running for six-week sessions beginning this month.

“The Team Challenge Course” will encourage members to work together as a group, think creatively, and collaborate in unique ways to overcome obstacles. Members are guaranteed a good time while also learning about the importance of communication, leadership, trust, and team-building. Classes will be held Mondays, from May 12 through June 23, for members in grades K-6. There will be no session on May 26.

“Fitness Boot Camp” is all about partner work and fun, fitness activities geared towards helping members increase their speed, power, agility, balance, coordinator, and mental strength. Workouts will be varied so that children of any fitness can participate and have fun. Classes will be held Tuesdays, from May 13 through June 17, for members in grades 3-8.  

“Mini-Olympics” will bring members together for a fun and competitive outing. Mini-athletes will participate in a variety of rewarding and fun Olympic-style games utilizing exciting sports equipment. This program promises lots of laughs and a competitive spirit. Not all the games are skills-based, so all members will be given a chance to succeed. Classes will be held on Thursdays, May 15 through June 19, for members in grades K-2.

Registration is ongoing at the clubhouse. Each class will be held at the Clubhouse located at One Pine Hollow Rd. in Oyster Bay. The registration fee for each program is $25.

Registrants for athletic programs must have a current club membership. The membership fee is $40 and is valid through May 31, 2015. Once registration fees are paid, there will be no refunds for cancellation, withdrawals or termination.

For information about Boys & Girls Club activities, contact Shelby Hintz, social recreation coordinator at 516-922-9285, ext. 12, or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Check out www.bgcoben.org or find the club on Facebook and become a fan.

News

The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund and the Oyster Bay Rotary Club hosted the annual Oyster Festival “Kick-Off” press conference on Friday, Aug. 15 at the flagpole in Theodore Roosevelt Park.

In attendance were NY State Senator Carl Marcelino and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, both Honorary Oyster Festival Chairmen; Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr.; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coshignano; Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michelle Johnson; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph Pinto; Oyster Bay Rotary President Judy Wasilchuk; Verizon Title Sponsor Representative, Director of Government Affairs Patrick Lespinasse; Executive Director, h2empower, African Studies Specialist Helen Boxwill; Oyster Festival Sports Representative James Werner; Long Island Rough Riders Representative Sarah Culmo and Emcee Harlan Friedman.

The 31st annual Oyster Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

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.”


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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