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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

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



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