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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

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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