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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

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.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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