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Letter: Student’s Life Enriched By Senior Center

Oyster Bay is a great community where everyone is gregarious and friendly. It’s where people are brought together to form a sense of unity and close relationships. There is a peaceful aura in the neighborhood that compels you to take part, and that is obvious at the Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay.

 

As part of my Service Learning Course at S.U.N.Y. Old Westbury I volunteer my time at the center in Oyster Bay.  The course offers a work experience while providing much needed community service to local organizations. Additionally, this course encourages students to be active in their communities and by sharing our experiences with others students we build awareness for the organizations we support. 

 

Witnessing the Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay firsthand is an absolutely mesmerizing experience. The zeal and spirit in the center’s elderly members is so magnanimous and genuine that it can warm the heart of a stone. One of the copious advantages of the center is that membership is free of charge. The reason being that the employees there actually do care. It is not a myth folks - there are still wholehearted people in existence today, albeit scarce. 

 

I am a sophomore in the Honors College program. I signed up for the course because I believe giving back to the community is a civic duty we all should fulfill. I chose to volunteer at the center because I miss spending time with my grandparents who live in Arizona. Helping the seniors makes me feel closer to my grandparents. I never expected a Senior Center to be such an active and fun filled place.  My experience here has truly been life enriching. This experience has broadened my awareness of current social issues and how the elderly are affected in today’s society.  It is sad to see how little thought is given to the challenges facing our elders.  

 

Most days, I spend my time at the center’s Day Break program. The Day Break is a social model day care program where frail and memory impaired seniors have the opportunity to socialize, and exercise their brains and bodies. Bingo, cards and dice games are often played along with reward prizes and other easily adaptable programs to ensure active involvement. Also, this allows caregivers to find much needed respite. The Day Break program offers a comfortable, safe, and loving environment with flexible hours and affordable prices. There is always something exciting going on! Traditional holiday themed activities and lunches are served to the seniors.  In October there were pumpkin flavored treats, autumn themed games and even a Halloween party including a children’s costume parade.

 

Everyone is welcome to visit the Center. This is a great place to volunteer and since involvement in community service is so important on a student’s resume more students should consider their local senior centers. Volunteer responsibilities could include supporting centers’ activities: helping the staff with fundraising events, social services department work, retail work at the center’s thrift shop, public relations and marketing initiatives, and much more. Each little bit of support makes a huge difference. As Gandhi once said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

 

The Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay  has provided senior citizens from Bayville, Brookville, East Norwich, Lattingtown, Locust Valley, Muttontown, Oyster Bay, and Oyster Bay Cove with comprehensive social services, nutritious lunches, transportation, wellness and fitness classes and entertaining activities five days a week, 250 days a year for over 30 years. The Adult Day Care program addresses the needs of the frail and memory impaired. Additionally, evening fitness and social activities are offered for residents 45 and over. The center’s board and staff strive to continue expanding its services with support from the community.

 

To learn more about volunteer and community service opportunities and for detailed schedules of the Life Enrichment Center’s daily programs, upcoming special events or to learn more about the services the center offers call 516-922-1770, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.lifeenrichmentcenteroysterbay.org

Sabrina Sarkiso


News

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion.

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”

“I didn’t know I needed my own Teddy Bear,” said a woman after the first annual Teddy’s Taste of the West dinner and fundraiser at Canterbury Ales on March 19.

Members were given an authentic Teddy Bear as a surprise gift at the end of the evening. As they say, membership has its privileges and that includes a June 11 event when Ken Burns will come to share a preview of his new film on three Roosevelts. Burns’ film explores the political and family ties between President Theodore Roosevelt, President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a Roosevelt in her own right.  


Sports

Muttontown resident and Kellenberg freshman Ceara Ann Conroy has been named an All-League athlete for Girls Winter Track. The title of All-League is awarded to athletes based on a vote of all the coaches in the NSCHSAA League. All of the Girls Winter Track coaches in the league vote based on the athletes performance during the season, and Conroy’s outstanding performance has earned her the title of All League this year.

The Girls Varsity Lacrosse program at Oyster Bay High School is just in its second year and already it is making a difference. Senior defender Danielle Maggi has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Albright College.

Last year Maggi was recognized as the “Most Improved Player,” and this year she is being recruited to play in college.

Maggi said, “We did very well in our first varsity season last year (12-2). This year we are 100 percent going for the conference. I’m excited we finally have a varsity team.”


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LI Sound Vocal Jazz Ensemble

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Annual Egg-stravaganza

Saturday, April 19

Palliative Care

Wednesday, April 23 



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