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Register For Spring Skating Lessons

Town of Oyster Bay residents are invited to “Learn to Skate” this spring by registering for skating lessons at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Ice Skating Center, at 1001 Stewart Ave. in Bethpage, according to Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone.

“Skating lessons for people of all ages take place at our rink throughout the year,” Macagnone said.

Registration for Series 5 (May 3 through June 26) began on April 19. Those interested can register at the rink, online (www.TheRinx.com) or by phone (516) 797-4126.

“Learn to Skate” offers group skating lessons to beginners through advanced levels of figure skating and hockey.  Skaters are grouped based on age and skill, ranging from pre-school and basic skills through advanced levels. The program is seven weeks in length (although there will be no classes on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26) and all classes are 30 minutes in length. For residents, the fee is $135 for the session. For non-residents the fee is $175. The “Learn to Skate” schedule is: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. and Sundays from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

Registration costs include admission into the session for which you are registered on the day of the lesson, membership in the United States Figure Skating (USFS) Basic Skills Program, USFS record book for NEW members, and stickers and USFS Badges upon mastering of each level. There will also be an evaluation on week seven with a recommendation for next series. There will be no refunds or makeups and skate rental is not included in price. Helmets, gloves or mittens and warm layers are recommended for all skaters.

“The Rinx Skating School staff is assembled of experienced and qualified professionals, governed by US Figure Skating, USA Hockey and Professional Skaters Association. Their philosophy is simple; teach the fundamentals of ice skating with a major emphasis on fun,” Macagnone said. “We are proud to offer quality programs that are great for every skater, whether you are young or young at heart you are sure to have fun learning to skate.”

For more information, visit www.oysterbaytown.com, www.TheRinx.com, or call the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center at (516) 797-4126.

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.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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