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Program Changes At Senior Center: More! More! More!

In our never ending quest to make the Life Enrichment Center the best it can be, and to provide Nassau County with reassurance that the opinions of our members are considered, we conducted an all important survey in June. Results of this survey will be seen in the center’s summer calendar.

Ideas and comments from our members help us further one of our major goals for this year: more before and after lunch activities to our “day’s menu.” In addition to maintaining two afternoons a week of bingo, we are planning the following activities once a week:

• Music or entertainment

• Presentations or group discussions

• Board game competitions, crafts or a weekly movie

I’m happy to report that we’ve already scheduled a presentation by the Oyster Bay Historical Society about Oyster Bay’s involvement in the Civil War. Plans for inviting Raynham Hall to visit, as well as other local museums with virtual tour presentations, are underway.

Seniors can expect our trip calendar to grow as well. In addition to our regularly scheduled trips to Broadway and scheduled joint trips with the Bayville seniors and others, seniors can see more of Long Island with trips to local museums, college theater and music performances and visits to unknown treasures right here in our own backyard. For seniors who aren’t up for a trip … our staff is building relationships with local entertainers and venues who could visit with them right here at the center.

We were proud to learn that our overall goal to make our seniors feel welcome, comfortable and happy has been achieved! We thank our members for all their wonderful comments. Any senior wishing to visit the center will be greeted with open arms.  

We are looking forward to sharing a summer full of new activities and fun with all seniors in Oyster Bay and the surrounding communities! Please come and join us!

Wish List

70” to 90” Big Screen Television

A donor can help turn our main hall into a movie theatre for our seniors. Seniors will help select the movie and we will fill the hall with smell of freshly popped corn and hot pretzels for a morning or afternoon mini-getaway.

Local Talent Needed

Visit the Center and share your talent with our seniors. Music, dancing and entertainment bring excitement and joy to our center.

- Silvana LaFerlita Gullo, Life Enrichment Center Executive Director

News

You may not actually see who is leaving books and magazines for the commuters at the Locust Valley Train Station, but those who have nicknamed these delightful and dedicated women the “Book Ladies.”

Sue Klein and Joan McCauley, who are Friends of the Library, have been collecting donated books from the community and displaying them at the Long Island Railroad waiting area every week. The Book Ladies have also displayed Locust Valley Library programs so that commuters are aware of all the wonderful events that are going on.  

There will be a different look to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education come September. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher Van Cott is leaving his position to take a similar role in the Oceanside School District. He is following in the footsteps of past OBEN School Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Harrington, who also left to take a similar position in Oceanside last year. The district will begin their search for a replacement for Van Cott this summer.


Sports

The Varsity Baseball Team finished the season with a league record of 11-3-1. In the playoffs, the team swept Carle Place in a best of three set to advance to the county finals vs. Wheatley at Hofstra University. The team finished the season as County runner-ups. The team was a nice combination of veteran varsity leaders and new comers to the varsity with six senior players and four freshmen on the squad. Along with four juniors, the team maintained the winning ways of a program that has won the league championship 7 out of the last eight years and won the county championship 6 of those years. Senior Berkeley Golon, Junior Jackson O’Neill, and Junior Stephen Spiegel received All-County honors. Senior Robbie Venegas and Freshman Harrison Treble received All-League honors. With two All-County pitchers coming back and four freshmen going into their second varsity season mixed with the other juniors and new players coming up from another successful JV season, the team expects to continue to work towards the goal of another county title next season.

The 2014 Oyster Bay High School Lady Baymen varsity spring track team recently completed a most memorable and record breaking season. Two school records were shattered this season; one relay record and one individual. Oyster Bay’s 4x800 meter relay team comprised of seniors Nicole Giannetti, Cassandra Iacono and juniors Linda Cameron and Rachel Wesley, broke the existing school record, and later broke their own record with a time of 10:01.56 at the Section VIII State Qualifier Meet on May 29.

Nicole Giannetti‘s senior year as a member of the Oyster Bay Girls’ Varsity Track team will also be one that will be long remembered. In addition to helping break the school’s 4x800 meters relay record, Giannetti broke the school’s 2000 meter steeplechase record, with a time of 7:23.79. Winning the 1500 meter run in very dramatic fashion at the Nassau Coaches Invitational, with an amazing time of 4:59 was a memorable mid-season highlight. Giannetti earned All-Conference honors in both the 1500 meters and 3000 meter runs and All County honors in the 2000 meter steeplechase. Giannetti qualified for the New York State Track and Field Championship in the 2000 meter steeplechase, finishing fifth and thus earning All-State honors. Giannetti was recruited by Haverford College to run for them when she attends this fall where she will study bio-chemistry.

Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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