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From The Desk Of Assemblyman Charles Lavine: January 24, 2014

Campaign For Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month

Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) is reminding residents that it is important to keep a few simple tips in mind to protect against the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning; known as the ‘silent killer.”

During January, which has been designated Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month by the New York State Legislature Assemblyman Lavine is joining the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in an educational campaign to inform county residents as to the dangers posed by carbon monoxide in homes and buildings.

Assemblyman Lavine is urging homeowners to get a professional home energy audit that includes a combustion safety test that will detect CO leaks at even very low levels. The state-wide program that provides audits at little or no cost to homeowners can be accessed at the Long Island Green Homes webside: http://www.longislandgreenhomes.org.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CO poisoning is the leading cause of unintentional poisoning and death in the United States. It is estimated that CO poisoning is responsible for 15,000 emergency department visits annually and 500 deaths each year.

“CO poisoning is totally preventable by taking some basic precautions to protect yourself and your family,” said Assemblyman Lavine. “Since even moderate levels can cause dizziness, headaches, mental confusion, nausea or fainting, it is vital that people understand what they need to do and what they should never do to ensure their home or business is safe from CO.”

A copy of the Carbon Monoxide Safety & Prevention brochure, which contains the dos and don’ts relating to safety and awareness, can be downloaded at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College website.

News

Serving Oyster Bay and the rest of Long Island since 1990, Periwinkles is an Oyster Bay business on Audrey Avenue that assists with event planning, staging and staffing and catering a multitude of different events. Periwinkles was started by Pat Spafford, who was encouraged to take her passion and make it a career.

 

“I was raising a family and doing this part-time,” said Spafford. “One of my clients encouraged me to make it full-time. Most of my clientele was from Oyster Bay so I settled here. I have a huge affection for the people and the place. It’s great that I have been successful here for so long.” 

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.

 

GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.

 

“I had this idea for a festival years ago, and when I finally nailed down a date, people are coming out of the woodwork to be a part of it,” says Losee.


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.


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MSA Party - September 17

West Shore Rd. Update - September 18

Harbor Beach Cleanup - September 20


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