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Life Enrichment Center News: January 2, 2014

Commemorations And Veteran’s Forum For 2014

As we wrap up holiday festivities and look towards the future, veterans are on the top of the Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay’s list. Veterans hold a special place at our center throughout the year and this year’s Veterans Day Celebration was one to remember. In 2014 the center is launching a monthly group meeting especially for veterans.

Last year’s Veterans Day celebration was extra special. The honor guard was greeted by an entire room of voices singing songs commemorating every branch of service. A choreographed dance presentation by the center’s own ballroom dancing dynamic duo, Steve and Kathy Pagano, depicted a young couple’s reunion after World War II. The crowded main hall was brought to its feet as the couple rocked the floor to the sounds of the “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” that ended with a kiss. With Steve in full uniform and Kathy, the center’s line-dance instructor in a short skirt and sneakers, the entire room was transported back into the throes of World War II and the kiss marked the moment the war was declared over. Veteran’s Day at the center is always a special day of commemoration with great love and respect for our servicemen but everyone agreed with tears in their eyes that this day will never be forgotten!

Liz Fiordalisi, the center’s new full time social service coordinator, is happy to announce that beginning in January, the Veteran’s Forum meetings will be held 11 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month. These meetings will provide an opportunity for veterans to connect with each other, to learn about resources and benefits available, and to enjoy educational opportunities throughout the year. The first meeting of the Veteran’s Forum will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. Matthew Rufrano from the Town of Oyster Bay Veterans Services Division will conduct a presentation on Veteran’s Benefits followed by a question and answer session. All veterans are encouraged to attend.

News

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.

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.


Sports

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.

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.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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