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Dave Gugerty Endorsed By League of Conservation Voters

The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, has announced its endorsement of Dave Gugerty for Nassau County Legislator in District 18.

During his time as a trustee in the Village of Bayville, Gugerty vastly expanded the curbside recycling program. He has also served as majority counsel for the Nassau County Legislature, during which time he drafted the Environmental Bonds Act with the successful goal of land preservation. Once in office, he hopes to implement bike lanes throughout Nassau County and build dunes to protect coastlines in order to adapt to radical weather patterns.

“Dave Gugerty has shown that he cares about the environment and it is time for him to spread his influence for the good of District 18 and all of Nassau County,” said NYLCV President Marcia Bystryn. “His past working in government demonstrates his dedication to environmental and sustainability issues and he represents the best choice for District 18 this election cycle.”

“I am so excited that I received the endorsement of the New York League of Conservation Voters,” Gugerty responded. “It’s gratifying to me that this important organization felt my record on Open Space Preservation and the Environmental Protection laws that I have drafted over the years in the Nassau County Legislature warranted their endorsement. Environmental issues are particularly important throughout the 18th Legislative District. I look forward to becoming its Legislator so I can continue my work on the environment for the betterment of all its communities.”

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



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