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Students Commit To Play Tennis In College

Oyster Bay resident Danielle Giannetti and Locust Valley residents James Blatchly and Dylan Appel committed to play collegiate tennis. They were recently recognized by the United States Tennis Association of Eastern Long Island (USTA) with a celebration at the Knights of Columbus with other local students.

“An event like this was well overdue,” said Clark D. Kuiz, USTA member who spearheaded the event. “We wanted to commemorate how strong our region is on a tennis standpoint as well as recognize high school seniors that are committed to playing tennis.”

The students from high schools all over Long Island were able to gather in one area and talk about their tennis experiences and college expectations. Some students who are attending the same college in the fall had the opportunity to meet.

Appel will be attending Fairfield University, and Blatchly will be attending SUNY Oneonta.

Giannetti, who will be attending Skidmore College, was delighted to be recognized for her hard work.

“I feel honored to be recognized,” said Giannetti. “I’ve been playing tennis since I was 12 years old. In school, I played tennis from 7th through 10th grade, and I had a high ranking. Beginning college is exciting.”

The students were commemorated by getting their name and college that they will be attending announced. Each student also received a USTA sweater to remember the occasion.

News

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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