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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

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


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