Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.
Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.
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.”
The Oyster Bay community paid tribute to award winning journalist Marie Colvin at Oyster Bay High School on Saturday, Oct. 11. The school library was officially dedicated in her name and a portrait of the journalist who died on the frontlines in Syria in 2012 was proudly displayed at the entrance of the library. The event was put together by members of the Oyster Bay class of 1974 who held their 40th class reunion over the weekend.
Oyster Bay High School Principal Dennis O’Hara gave a short speech in honor of Colvin’s name. Nassau County legislators Judi Jacobs and Donald MacKenzie also gave speeches, along with Colvin’s sister, Catherine Colvin, and Donna Fiore-Houman, who helped coordinate the event. Both were members of the class of ‘74. Founding dean of the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University, Howard Schneider, also gave a small speech at the end of the ceremony.
Some people deserve a long obituary: in a way, it is a tribute to the number of people’s lives they have touched, so for Dottie Brandt, it is a given. A long line of mourners stretched down the street from the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, in Oyster Bay, where Dorothy R. Brandt, known to everyone as “Dottie,” was laid to rest, soon after her death on Friday, Sept. 12.
Dottie was a beautiful woman that age couldn’t change. When your warmth, spirit and love come from the inside, it keeps the outside looking bright and fresh. Dottie was always smiling, full of energy and always willing to help people.
The music was rocking and everybody was dancing on Friday, Oct. 3 in the St. Dominic High School gymnasium as the school hosted its Fall Ball dance. The event included gregarious kids from St. Dominic’s dancing and socializing with 20 disadvantaged children from St. Christopher-Ottilie Family of Services in Sea Cliff.
“St. Dom’s is very active with St. Christopher-Ottilie during the school year,” said Janice Seaman, who was the party coordinator and one of many volunteers at the dance, which ran from 7 to 10 p.m. “This was the first time, though, that St. Dom’s invited the kids from St. Christopher-Ottilie to their school for a dance and it is a great way to bring some normalcy into these children’s lives and show them what a school function is like.”
If you are a fan of TR, the Roosevelts and Sagamore Hill, the new Plein Air exhibit at the Oyster Bay Historical Society (OBHS) will be “dee-lightful” for you. This is the fourth go-around for the Plein Air contest, awards and exhibit of paintings done over one day at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. The result is a gallery filled with paintings competing for more than $2,000 in prizes. Many of the 25 competing artists submitted more than one paintings, on their path to be chosen for the show, open now through Nov. 16 in the Koenig Center.
Sagamore Hill Superintendent Kelly Furhman was thanked for allowing the open air painting contest to take place at the site by Phil Blocklyn, OBHS executive director. Fuhrman said President Theodore Roosevelt left a legacy of conservation, creating our national parks. He added that the paintings help share the vision of TR, and the mission of the NPS, “Not only tonight, but when they are sold, taken home and enjoyed over the next few years.”
During this year’s Oyster Festival, visitors will have a special opportunity to learn about the issue of human trafficking and how it still exists in modern times. The Freedom Schooner Amistad will feature a human rights activist from Ghana who will be discussing this problem in depth from Oct. 15 through Oct. 19.
Eric Peasah, founder of Right To Be Free (RTBF), a non-profit organization dedicated to freeing children and women who are victims of slavery, exploitation and other oppressive conditions, will have a station on the ship where people can learn more about the history of the problem and the issues surrounding it today.
Members of the Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay enjoyed an outing to a beautiful manor tucked neatly away in Syosset … and got nose-to-nose with horses. A visit to the Christian Fellowship House introduced center members and staff to Florence Steffens, the family matriarch who, along with her husband Rev. Paul, opened the adult home as a “Bed and Breakfast” for seniors in 1962. Their daughter Pam and her husband Steve, along with their daughters Michelle and Sharon, continue to manage the facility. Members enjoyed refreshments on the veranda while they overlooked Fellowship Ranch’s retired mares grazing in the peaceful green pasture just beyond the stately manor.
Members learned of a new program being offered at the Fellowship Ranch which centers on interacting with horses. Holistic Healing With Horses founder Ileen Kessler, LCSW-R, explained the therapeutic benefits the program provides. The success of the holistic program was quickly demonstrated when members experienced hands-on interactions with the Fellowship Ranch horses.
As summer faded, school began and so did school spirit. Proud Oyster Bay High School parents stood by under the shade of the trees watching the students parade down East Main Street on their way to the homecoming football game on Memorial Field. All students marching had spirit: the cheerleaders, the pep band, representatives from each grade level, Vernon and Teddy Roosevelt Elementary, and the homecoming royal court.
The first marchers in the parade were the peppy cheerleaders, proudly wearing purple and gold. The girls had pom poms in hand and smiles all around, their excitement gleaming and spreading to the parents along the sidewalk. They were followed by the extremely talented pep band, enthusiastically playing joyful music filling the air in Oyster Bay. Matthew Sisia, the proficient music teacher who led the school band to Carnegie Hall, marched with the pep band.
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