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Local Teens To Join Olympians On The Ice

Ice Dreams, an Olympic Ice Show starring 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jason Brown and aspiring local skaters, is coming to Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Sept. 20.

Isabella Skvarla, 13, Julia Tauter, 12, and Chiara Vlacich, 12, all of Oyster Bay, Julia Forte, 12, of Locust Valley and Riley Stein, 11, of Bayville will be skating in the world class show to celebrate the opening of the best figure skating facility Long Island has ever seen.

“Twin Rinks is proud to host this figure skating event which will feature some of the best figure skaters in the world,” said owner Ron Friedman. “We welcome everyone to come visit our state of the art facility, located in Nassau County’s Eisenhower Park, to watch these athletes up close in what is sure to be an enjoyable evening.”

Ice Dreams will feature some of the top figure skating talent in the U.S. and Canada including National Champions John Coughlin and Caydee Denney, 2014 Olympic and World alternate and Long Island Native Samantha Cesario, 2014 Olympic Silver Medalist Dylan Moscovitch and International Competitor Liubov Ilyushechkina, U.S. National Silver Medalists Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, Two-Time Canadian National Medalists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier and The Skyliners! The entertaining show also offers more than 100 young skaters from Nassau County and the surrounding area the chance to skate in the show on the same ice as their Olympic heroes.

“I am looking forward to performing in Ice Dreams with fellow Olympians and National Champions. I hope this show will inspire a young generation of skaters to achieve their Dreams,” said Brown, the Olympic Bronze Medalist.

“Nassau County is pleased to present this family-fun ice show at the new Twin Rinks at Eisenhower Park,” said Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano. “Ice Dreams is a once in a lifetime opportunity that brings together Olympic, World and National skaters with young skaters from our community. This wonderful event promises to be an entertaining, inspiring and memorable event for our young skaters and our community.”

Youth skaters can sign up to skate in the show by visiting www.icedreamstour.com or by calling 212-600-4330. Tickets to the show can also be purchased online.

News

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.

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.


Sports

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.  

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.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



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