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Editorial: Looking For A Cure

Elfia Presta of East Norwich had one small request for the Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot, this Monday, Sept. 17. That was to remind people about cancer and the need for a cure. Her prayer was, “Dear God, I pray for a cure for cancer. Amen.” She hoped we would pass along that prayer.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the American Cancer Society is gearing up for a walk on Jones Beach.

It is called 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and it will be held at Jones Beach on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 8 a.m.

The ACS said, this year, Making Strides is celebrating 20 years of saving lives. In the last two decades, the breast cancer death rate has dropped by 32 percent. Your breast cancer donations, participation, and volunteer efforts will help us continue fighting back against the disease. For information about the walk, please call Anne Thorsen, senior director for special events at 631-300-3166. It is a Nassau/Suffolk walk.

So let’s all help Elfia have her prayer answered, and take part in the Making Strides Walk, whether in person or with a donation. Elfia’s note mentioned the many forms of cancer and asked that we consider those that have touched our loved ones. Since cancer has many forms it is easy to find one to relate to. It is in actuality, too easy.

 – DFK.

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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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