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Letter: Fight To Keep Wesley Open

(Below is a copy of a letter sent to Nelson Kalombo Ngoy, pastor of the Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich)

My name is Jane Obando and it is with great sadness that I write this letter. Wesley has been a very important part of my sons’ lives this past year and we were distraught to learn that Wesley was closing.

My experience at Wesley has been nothing short of wonderful. Carolyn and the teaching staff were exceptional, patient, and very nurturing. I recommended Wesley to my sister, who soon enrolled her daughter in the summer camp program and the nursery program for the fall.

We were extremely concerned when we found out that a cell tower was going to be placed in the steeple of the church. The studies done in Europe and Israel on the effects of radiation from the cell tower were inconclusive and many of us parents, to be truthful, believed our young children would be at a more significant risk to develop health and developmental issues many years from now. There was no substantial evidence to indicate otherwise. As parents we need to be advocates for our children and provide them with a safe and healthy environment to grow and prosper. I love Wesley so much and was so apprehensive about enrolling my children elsewhere but inevitably felt that the cell tower and it’s unknown effects were just not worth the health of my sons. This is a decision that was not made overnight. I discussed this topic with several mothers and we felt that it was in the best interest of our children’s health to leave Wesley. I can whole heartedly state that if the cell tower was removed or the location of Wesley were to be moved, my two sons would be attending Wesley in September.

Wesley is not just a nursery school but a community that has been a staple of East Norwich for 37 years. I believe that Wesley is united and strong enough to overcome this encumbrance with your guidance and continue to flourish and educate the children of the future. Please help me fight this crusade to keep Wesley open.

Jane Obando

News

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.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

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.


Calendar

Movie: Godzilla

Thursday, Sept. 25

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Sept. 26

Plein Art Competition

Saturday, Sept. 27



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