Written by Colleen Maidhof, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 19 June 2014 09:24
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.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.
The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.
The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.
Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00
Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.
Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.
Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:
5 & 6 Peanuts:
The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.
Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.
Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.