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Celebrating Volunteers

The Heart And Soul Of

The Life Enrichment Center

On April 25 the Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay celebrated 35 years of recognizing the contributions of its volunteers.  Staff and seniors selected four volunteers for their efforts in making the Center a warm, welcoming and important resource for seniors in the surrounding communities.

As Silvana Gullo, Executive Director, explained, “Every volunteer is important to the well-being of the Center.”  The seniors themselves help make up the 300+ daily volunteers performing such tasks such as preparing the monthly calendar mailed to members, which would be a very difficult undertaking if not for volunteers who fold, stuff and mail it to over 1,000 members!  This is done with smiles from seniors and staff who enjoy working side by side. Other important volunteer tasks include driving seniors to medical appointments, visiting homebound seniors and nursing homes, organizing trips, managing the “Silver Threads” thrift shop, decorating for events, and greeting guests at reception.

This year’s Volunteers of the Year have demonstrated an ongoing commitment and dedication to the Center’s mission.  Diane Aerne of Syosset, formerly an Oyster Bay resident and currently President of the Senior Executive Advisory Board, leads the “Happy Hookers,” a group she founded to crochet blankets and shawls for nursing home residents. Andrew Cintolo, a Wantagh resident, joined the Center in 2011 after months of searching the internet for a meaningful volunteer opportunity. Andrew found his niche assisting Chef Anthony two days a week consistently.  Sheila Cisco, of Oyster Bay followed in her mother’s footsteps by joining the Center’s Friendly Visitors Committee bringing song and cheer to local nursing home residents. Sheila’s work doesn’t end there, she can be found in Angela’s Café selling home-baked goods or greeting guests at the reception area five days a week. Tom Colgrove of Locust Valley is a favorite amongst all the ladies at the Center. Tom helps out in the dining room delivering lunch trays with a smile and spends his afternoons twice a week helping the visually impaired with their Bingo cards!  

The Recognition Luncheon was extra special this year with a visit by Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Joseph G. Pinto representing Supervisor Joseph Venditto and Victoria Meyerhoefer, Nassau County Director of Human Services, Office of the Aging, representing County Executive

Edward Mangano. Both delivered and read printed and framed Citations praising the volunteers for their commitment.

The center is proud to be successfully providing Oyster Bay and the surrounding community seniors with a comprehensive resource.  Nutritious lunches, wellness and fitness programs, and entertaining activities are offered five days a week, 250 days a year!  The center’s Daybreak Program presents caregivers a social adult day care option for their frail and memory impaired seniors.  Additionally, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, “After Hour” programs make low-cost wellness and fitness classes available for individuals’ 50 and over.  The center will continue expanding and enhancing programs with support from the community.

“Volunteers are essential to the well-being of the Center” stated Silvana Gullo, Executive Director.  “Everyone has an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the seniors by volunteering their time”.  The Center is presently seeking drivers, Friendly Visitors, personal trainers, writers for public relations initiatives, evening and Saturday volunteers for our thrift shop, bakers for the café’, creative thinkers for our event planning and customized opportunities for all.  For information on how you could volunteer your time call Silvana Gullo at (516) 922-1770.

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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com