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Editorial: An Unsolicited Testimonial

We heard from Paige Dawson that the recent visit to the Old Orchard Museum was just great.

Paige Dawson of Laffey Associates attended the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours meeting. It was held at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site at the Old Orchard House Museum. She said, “It was swell- —with some of the items from the main house displayed there. It was catered by Mark Fox of Canterbury Ales. The food was enjoyed by all, as the shrimp and oysters and sliders were all but decimated.”

The event was held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Shari Lee Cope Dembowski, OBEN CC administrative assistant said, “It was very interesting. There are pieces from the house  in display cases in the museum. There is his china from the White House with his crest on it. There is a portrait of his wife Edith wearing her blue Red Cross cap and the cap is actually there on display. There is a piece of President Abraham Lincoln’s hair, in a locket on a ring, that was Theodore Roosevelt’s that is actually there on display.”

“It’s a marvelous place. The china, the knick knacks, the ivory, everything was just so beautiful and so close to see. It is behind glass, but in the actual house, the items are in the room and they aren’t as close.”

She said, “I had a private tour with SHNHS Supervisor Tom Ross and it was wonderful. The place is great and more people should see it.”

Shari had one hint for people going to the Old Orchard Museum, “Wear comfortable shoes. I wore heels and they drove me back to my car.”

Paige Dawson also had an interesting walk back in the dark. Luckily, John Delillo had a mini-flashlight that was a great help going along the unlighted gravel path.

Paige added, “The OBEN Chamber of Commerce is doing a combination fund-raiser/holiday party like last year on Nov. 29, one week after Thanksgiving Day. Mark it on your calendar.”

Ms. Dembowski said, “It will be held at Sagamore Yacht Club. It is called Light Up The Holidays.” Call the chamber for reservations and information at 922-6464.

Talking to Ms. Dawson is always a delight, as it chatting with Shari Cope Dembowski. They are both integral members of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce, and don’t their comments make you want to visit the Old Orchard Museum? They certainly made me want to visit. There is nothing like an unsolicited testimonial to make things come alive. Thank you ladies.                                     

— DFK

News

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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