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Mark Your Calendar: Events In County Parks

I am so very proud of our parks system and all we have to offer in our great county. This summer, we have an action-packed line-up. With a combination of quality entertainment and fun activities for the whole family, we look forward to seeing you out and about.

Alongside my continued dedication to creating tourism, the incredible support we have received from local business sponsors has made bringing top-notch events to our residents at no additional cost, a great reality.

This week, I would like to alert you to upcoming happenings. Pack up your lawn chair and mark your calendar, because we have some good old-fashioned entertainment in store.

To round out the last few days of July, we have planned a number of great activities and performances to enjoy, beginning with a free showcase at Eisenhower Park’s Lakeside Theatre by the American Ballet on Tuesday, July 29, at 7 p.m. Next, head over to Parking Field 6A at Eisenhower Park on Wednesday, for what is sure to be an incredible concert by Barbara Harris & the Toys.

On Thursday, Fresh 102.7 sponsors a showing of Despicable Me 2 at Lakeside Theatre, starting at dusk, while the Long Beach Film Festival Drive-In at Nickerson Beach begins at 5 p.m.

The start of August is just as jam-packed with celebration. On Friday, Aug. 1, stop down to Lakeside Theatre for Creole Family Night. The festivities are set to run from 5-9:30 p.m. Did you know Saturday, Aug. 2, is Garvies Point Day? Visit the museum at 10 a.m. before spending the evening at Lakeside Theatre for Tony Orlando’s Salute to Veterans Concert. The performance kicks off at 6:45 p.m.

Also, don’t forget that the first weekend of August means Olde Time Baseball. Come down to Old Bethpage Village Restoration at 10 a.m. on either Saturday or Sunday (or both) to enjoy.

The International Music Nights Concert Series is a great Nassau County tradition, with nearly two-dozen nights dedicated to music and culture that honor a range of ethnic groups. Be sure to stop by and enjoy the park, music and culture all summer long. Help us to continue the celebration of each and every one of our Nassau County residents with Chinese American Night on Sunday, Aug. 3, Irish American Night on Monday, Aug.4 and Pacoli Night on Sunday, Aug. 10, all beginning at 7 p.m. at Lakeside.

We have a ton of fun movie nights in store as we move into the month. On Tuesday, Aug. 5, Cedar Creek Park in Seaford will show Diary of a Wimpy Kid, on Thursday, Aug. 7, Fresh 102.7 sponsors a viewing of the film Epic at Lakeside Theatre, and finally on Tuesday, Aug. 12, Cedar Creek Park plays Sandlot. All movies begin at dusk.

As always, we cherish every opportunity to bring musical entertainment to county residents. Coming up, we look forward to spending an afternoon with the New Vintage Big Band on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at Parking Field 6A of Eisenhower Park. The fun starts at noon. Next, the Long Island Philharmonic performs at Lakeside Theatre on Friday, Aug. 8, followed by a Saturday tribute to Neil Diamond by Super Diamond. Both Friday and Saturday’s free performances begin at 7 p.m.

Please visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Parks/index.html for more information on any summer events.

News

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.

When Danielle Taylor decided to compete in a six-mile civilian military obstacle course last September, she knew two things: she did not want to do it alone and she wanted the challenge to have a purpose. She found a partner in Jeannine DelPozzo and a worthwhile cause in the Morgan Center.

 

Both Taylor and DelPozzo are entrepreneurs; Taylor, of Bish Bash Books in Oyster Bay and DelPozzo of DelPozzo Foods, in East Norwich. Each have a history of using their businesses to support local charities. Bish Bash Books used the iPad give back program to support at-risk children while DelPozzo Foods has supported Island Harvest in their efforts to combat hunger.


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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West Shore Rd. Update - September 18

Harbor Beach Cleanup - September 20


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