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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

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.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


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.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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