East Norwich did its customary “great business” giving out Halloween candy to children on Friday, Oct. 31 from about 3 to 7 p.m. As soon as the door closed and you sat down, another group would ring the bell. Children of all ages were dressed for the annual costume parading: children, teens and adults. Babies were wheeled around the blocks in their strollers to make them part of the spooky fun.
At 7 p.m., the witch in the purple velvet-peaked hat gave out her last handful of candy to a surprised youngster, and turned off the outside lights. In spite of that there was one lone ring at 8 p.m. that went unanswered.
On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Congressman Steve Israel presented six service medals to the family of a fallen WWII veteran, Private Gilbert Malkin, at the Oyster Bay American Legion Post 4. Private Malkin was killed in action on Feb. 10, 1945 and was never properly recognized for his service.
“Today we honor, recognize and repay a debt that has been long overdue,” said Israel.
In a little-known chapter of New York City’s history, the name of police officer Phillip Cardillo is spoken in hushed, revered whispers. Though he was tragically killed in the line of duty back in 1972, the burning embers of his memory are still fanned by a passionate few who wish to finally obtain for the fallen hero the elusive recognition that he truly deserves.
At their Oct. 8 meeting in Mineola, the Nassau County-based Association of Retired Police Officers (ARPO) held a heartfelt ceremony, as both Cardillo as well as the driven NYPD detective who has fought for justice in his name for the past four decades, were honored as the true heroes that they are.
In what was their last free meeting at the Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich, the East Norwich Civic Association presented a money saving/energy saving program. It was presented by Marriele Robinson of the Homeowner Support PowerUp Communities group, an outreach of the L.I. Progressive Party. She came to offer free energy evaluations of homes to make them more energy efficient, which will save money.
She said Poor Richard’s Almanac promises it to be very cold this winter, and this is a way to plug up your energy leaks, with both current savings on needed work and through rebates resulting in future savings. After an energy assessment of your home, PowerUp will present you with a report based on their contractor’s assessment, which will outline all the ways you can improve your energy efficiency. The report will include all the potential rebates to reduce the cost of the upgrade which includes the option of financing through PS&G, which will include the monthly payments in your monthly bill.
The independent external audit of the finances of the OBEN school district were laid out at the school board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21 by a representative from the external auditing firm of RS Abrams & Co, LLC. The district received the highest possible rating of “unqualified,” meaning that the financial statements give a true and fair view in accordance with the financial reporting framework used for the preparation and presentation of the financial statements. CPAs Charles Scheid and Lisa Thomas-Hart were on hand to deliver the external annual auditor’s report.
“The business office has the district in a strong financial condition,” said Scheid.
Vernon Literacy Coach Tracy Zambelli has been recognized as a New York State English Council (NYSEC) Educator of Excellence. Zambelli and Valerie Vacchio, supervisor of the English Language Arts/Reading/Library Media Department, attended a celebratory luncheon on Oct. 24 at the NYSEC conference in Albany.
Many of the people who know Zambelli best stepped up to sing her praises.
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.
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