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Oyster Bay To Host 27th Annual Triathlon

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.

The triathlon is being conducted under the auspices of the Town of Oyster Bay, with the enthusiastic cooperation of Town Supervisor John Venditto and the Town Parks Department. Race management chores will be handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club, with Jose Lopez and Ray Farrell as the co-directors and Linda Ottaviano and Mindy Davidson as the event coordinators.

In addition to The Runner’s Edge and Western Beef, other valued business sponsors of the triathlon are Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room, Babylon Bike, Jonas Chiropractic, & TYR.

The primary charitable beneficiary of the event is The Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay, with other funds going to the Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the Gerald Kaufman Memorial Fund for assistance to multisport athletes and their families in times of personal emergency.    

The first “wave” of triathletes will enter Oyster Bay Harbor at 7:30 a.m. on the morning of the 23rd. After completing their half mile swim, they will hop on their bikes and proceed through Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow before heading back down Berry Hill Road to South Street and Audrey Avenue back to the park, where they will leave their bikes and run up to Planting Fields Road and back to the finish line at the park. The first triathlete will reach the finish line shortly after 8:30 a.m. and the final stragglers should be off the roads shortly after 10 a.m.

The Saturday “main event” will be followed by the Runner’s Edge-TOBAY JUNIOR Triathlon on Sunday, Aug. 24, and youngsters ages 8-13 are invited to (literally) get their feet wet with a 200 yard swim, 2.5 mile bike and a one mile run.

For more information....or inspiration, call the GLIRC office at 516-349-7646.

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


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Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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