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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

With a general discontent about the view-blocking pedestrian railings recently installed along West Shore Road, the discussion at the Oyster Bay Civic Association meeting on Sept. 18 focused on the possibility of having the road designated as a scenic highway.

This concept was suggested by Gregory Druhak of Centre Island, a regular traveler along West Shore Road, who said, “I believe this is the most scenic drive on Long Island west of the Hamptons, perhaps on all of Long Island itself, and it is not being treated as such. I feel we are being given the Lefferts Boulevard [down by JFK airport] expressway extension instead. For all you can see, it might as well be the Belt Parkway below the fence instead of Oyster Bay. This is wrong.”  

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.


Sports

The Falcon Pride Athletic Booster Club and a generous group of alumni have hit one out of the park with their assistance in upgrading the high school softball field.

Throughout the process, former and current Falcon softball players worked together for a good cause.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts:

The Peanuts hosted the Uniondale Knights. It was hard fought battle and the Generals gave their all. Terrific performances by JR Hill, Joseph Travaglia and Kody Gehnrich The defense played strong. The Peanuts are working hard and the results are paying off.

7- and 8-year-old Midgets:

The 7- and 8-year-old team did battle with the Floral Park Titans. In a tough battle, the Generals’ offense was powered by a big offensive line led by Declan Trainor, Joseph Gotti, Owen Parlante and Jake Hargrave. In an impressive hurry-up offense, the General’s Jayden Marshall scored a last second touchdown to end the first half.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



Columns

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com