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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

When Danielle Taylor decided to compete in a six-mile civilian military obstacle course last September, she knew two things: she did not want to do it alone and she wanted the challenge to have a purpose. She found a partner in Jeannine DelPozzo and a worthwhile cause in the Morgan Center.

 

Both Taylor and DelPozzo are entrepreneurs; Taylor, of Bish Bash Books in Oyster Bay and DelPozzo of DelPozzo Foods, in East Norwich. Each have a history of using their businesses to support local charities. Bish Bash Books used the iPad give back program to support at-risk children while DelPozzo Foods has supported Island Harvest in their efforts to combat hunger.

Our experience of 9/11 has changed; today it is seen as part of a journey and not an isolated event. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, President Barack Obama spoke to the nation saying the battle against terrorism is ongoing. 

 

That awareness that we had gone through the experience of the fall of the Twin Towers and had rebounded, but the danger is not over, and the battle is still to be won was repeated by Senator Carl Marcellino at the Day of Commemoration at the Oyster Bay 9/11 Memorial Garden on the Western Waterfront on Thursday evening.


Sports

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.

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.


Calendar

MSA Party - September 17

West Shore Rd. Update - September 18

Harbor Beach Cleanup - September 20


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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