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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

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.


Sports

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.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



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