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Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay News

A Chilling Winter – But Our Love Will Keep Us Warm

With record temperatures on a daily basis, most of us need an extra sweater or a warm blanket when we settle down in the evening for our favorite television show. Not comfortable, but nowhere near as difficult as what this weather means to seniors. Seniors are often forced into isolation or left to face the danger of icy conditions on their own. As 20 percent of Nassau County’s population reach the age of 85, centers like ours are more critical than ever. We are proud to be the one organization in this community that focuses 100 percent of our efforts on improving conditions for seniors. Regardless of how brutal the weather, your community’s seniors can count on us.

What members can expect when they visit the center this winter is a delicious bowl of soup and a thoughtfully prepared hot lunch, a warm greeting with sincere smiles from the staff and the welcoming clamor of a room full of friends. Seniors who will not venture out in this weather or those who are no longer able to visit at all can expect a friendly visit or call from our new full-time Social Service Coordinator Liz Fiordalisi, or one of her loving volunteers. Liz is prepared to visit member and non-member seniors for a needs assessment and to provide them a direct connection to the resources available to assist them. Seniors and their loved ones can rest assured that they will not be forgotten once they are on our radar.

For many of us, Valentine’s Day means a movie and dinner, a special gift and a reason to celebrate the loves in our lives. For seniors, Valentine’s Day can often be a time to remember those lost. Our center puts seniors at the top of our Valentine’s list. Joining forces in this year’s Valentine’s Day festivities, Oyster Bay High School’s Business and Marketing Honor Society students will help fill the day with reminders of how much seniors mean to us. With the community by our side, each and every of one of our seniors will feel the love and respect they deserve and know they are not alone.

We urge you to keep a senior you know in your thoughts during this difficult winter weather and especially on Valentine’s Day. Don’t forget to call regularly, visit often and make a senior special Valentine this year. And please keep our center in your hearts …We can’t exist without the community’s support.

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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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