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Letter: Let's Work Together

(Below is a copy of letter sent by Rev. Nelson Kalombo Ngoy of the Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich to parents of preschoolers)

First and mostly, let me preface that I am writing this letter with a profound and sincere gratitude to all  the members of the East Norwich community: especially to Carolyn Wilson and all the Wesley Nursery School teachers for their outstanding service throughout the years; showing their passion for teaching and the love of children. Their impact will not be forgotten.

I have a great deal of empathy for each and every parent and want to thank them and the members of the East Norwich Civic Association for your concerns.

I have received your concerns through emails, phone calls, letters, and I have listened and heard all of your voices and the passion that you have expressed over the closing of the Wesley Nursery School and the installation of the Verizon antennae. I want to assure you that as a church we take seriously our mission of serving the community with love, compassion, integrity and dignity.

In response to your concerns, I believe the Community United Methodist congregation has faithfully served the community over the years. The closing of the Wesley Nursery School is due to a financial difficulty.

The church has supported and sustained the operation for over 35 years based on the availability of the church endowment. However, since the church has run out of the endowment money, and the decrease in children enrollment, it was unfortunate we could no longer keep the nursery school open.

The concerns over the antennae, the church responded to a need of the community for the coverage of cell phones. This was done as a service to the community not to put anyone in danger, although it has been misinterpreted.

I am here to work with all of you as a community and to seek ways to address these issues. We can only address any concern if we work together with love, respect and integrity. Our hearts are in the community and community is in our hearts. We are committed to serve you.

Although there was no discussion between the church and the parents on the closing of the Wesley Nursery School, I want to apologize for that unfortunate mistake. I want to correct this by having full discussions at the church with all the parents who want to re-instate the Wesley Nursery School.

Many parents have expressed they would like to dismantle the antenna. Before that can be done, the community has to prove to the court that the antenna has negative effects on the health of children. If you want the reversing of the antenna that is currently at the church, I wish for us to all work together as a community and involve all the parents to come and discuss what can be done to reverse this problem.

As the pastor of Community United Methodist Church, I invite you to come and speak with me. Your concerns are my concerns. Together we can solve these issues.

Rev. Nelson Kalombo Ngoy

News

Serving Oyster Bay and the rest of Long Island since 1990, Periwinkles is an Oyster Bay business on Audrey Avenue that assists with event planning, staging and staffing and catering a multitude of different events. Periwinkles was started by Pat Spafford, who was encouraged to take her passion and make it a career.

 

“I was raising a family and doing this part-time,” said Spafford. “One of my clients encouraged me to make it full-time. Most of my clientele was from Oyster Bay so I settled here. I have a huge affection for the people and the place. It’s great that I have been successful here for so long.” 

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.


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.


Calendar

MSA Party - September 17

West Shore Rd. Update - September 18

Harbor Beach Cleanup - September 20


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