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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

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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