A popular novel, The Cardinal, first gave young Richard Kopinski the idea that he might have a calling to be a priest.
“I was taken with the idea of a priest as someone who belongs exclusively to God,” said Father Kopinski, pastor of St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, Glen Head. He had read the 1950 novel by Henry Morton Robinson. The novel was made into a 1963 film directed by Otto Preminger.
That calling would take him far from Long Island, first to the University of Notre Dame and later Africa, but eventually back to Long Island.
Judith Wasilchuk and Beverly Zembko completed Rotary Internationals’ first and only co-presidential term at the club’s 71st installation on June 19 at the Swan Club. The incoming president, Donald Lyons is the manager of Valley National Bank. Lyons and the new board of directors were given the oath of office by District Governor Mario Moran. The event is newsworthy on two accounts: the co-presidents and that Rotary International has decreed a reorganization of the district, to include Suffolk County clubs because their enrollment has dropped to less than 1,000 members. Suffolk had been part of District 7250 until it decided to become a separate entity, some time ago.
Zembko explained, “We are merging with Suffolk on July 1, 2013. We will have a new District Governor, Gwenn Ramage, who is from Westhampton Beach. We will become District 7255.”
On Saturday, June 1, the Class of 2013 continued the tradition of classes before it as it marched down Anstice Street into the Church of Saint Dominic for the 82nd Commencement Exercise of Saint Dominic High School. Led by Grand Marshal Sr. Kathleen Kull, Theology Teacher, the 93 seniors who have distinguished themselves during their four years at Saint Dominic processed into the church.
Valedictorian Jordyn Coyne and Salutatorian Kevin Podell gave wonderful reflections. They urged their classmates to look back fondly on their days at Saint Dominic while at the same time urged them to seize all opportunities that await them and remember they are a part of greater team they are a part of the Saint Dominic alumni team and that “All Things are Possible with God.”
The Boys and Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich celebrated their first spring luncheon at the deSeversky Mansion on Wednesday, June 12. The event included lunch, a vendor fair, and raffles to benefit the club.
The attire for the luncheon was dress to impress, and the prizes in the raffle — as well as the vendors present — set the theme.
Centerpieces, favors, and jazz piano player, Robert Lepley, were donated by Grace and Gregg Haggerty. Party favors were planting pots hand painted by the children of the club, each pot complete with a plant, gloves, and gummy worms.
Martin Viette Nurseries hosted their first annual Grill Night, Thursday June 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event was one of many that the business sponsors.
The evening was full of fun, featuring a special showing of the Lexus LFA supercar, music provided by Perfect Party NYC, grill demonstrations, and more. Stellar Meats provided meat for the occasion, and several chefs were grilling samples.
There were special discounts for all who attended on any merchandise purchased during the event. Every attendee had the option to enter his or her name in a raffle to win a brand new Kamado Joe Grill.
A local mother has combined her love of classic kids fashion with her desire for affordable clothing to create a children’s clothing line that is fit for her own four tots.
Monica Noone, a graduate of St. Dominic’s High School, launched Pennymeade this spring with a party at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove.
“I was so frustrated that all the clothes I liked for my kids were so expensive,” says Noone. “We’d go to a barbecue and one ketchup stain later, we’re throwing out $350 worth of clothes.”
With notices now coming in, the first ArtWalk on June 2, was a success. Walter Imperatore, co-chair of the Marketing Committee of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of commerce offered, “We were generally happy with the results. Jim Perna of Long Island Picture Frame, who’s running this event for the chamber, said that he saw an increase in the number of people on the streets. That being said, we were looking to attract more people.”
ArtWalk also gave several artists the opportunity to share their talent with the public as the Arts & Antiques Walk planned for this summer’s Sundays debuted. It is intended to bring people to the hamlet by adding “eye candy” to the streetscape and Julie and David Heiss of the Madd Potter agreed it did.
The final 2013 lecture in the John A. Gable series was somewhat different from past lectures. The May 16 lecture showcased Xiomaro’s (pronounced SEE-oh-MAH-ro) wonderful and inspiring “How I love Sagamore Hill” photo collection. Commissioned by Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, and displayed in collaboration with the Oyster Bay Historical Society at the Koenig Center, “How I love Sagamore Hill”, derives from Theodore Roosevelt’s well-known quote to his wife Edith on the day before his death.
Members of the Oyster Bay and East Norwich Civic Association celebrated 50 years of civic engagement and working to better their communities at the Pine Hollow Country Club on Friday, May 31. Many civic groups come together when a specific issue is raised, and then fade away or become inactive. The East Norwich Civic Association has remained strong and vibrant and has continued to work to better the community.
As the Civic Association brochure states, “Good communities do not simply exist – they arise with community involvement. We endeavor to be a proactive organization that resolves concerns before they become greater issues. We alert residents of plans that may diminish the character of the community, such as downzoning and inappropriate land use.” Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs and Town of Oyster Bay Receiver of Taxes James J. Stefanich presented the Civic Association with citations in recognition of the 50th anniversary.
Abby and George O’Neill greeted their Garden Party guests in front of a old fashioned carriage decorated with balloons at their annual Memorial Day weekend fundraiser for the Community Foundation of Oyster Bay-East Norwich (CF) on Sunday, May 26. “We’ve been very lucky with the weather over the years,” said Abby O’Neill.
Joseph Donohue, CF Board President mentioned the weather too, as he welcomed guests thanking the O’Neill family for their generosity and adding, “They have magical powers over the weather.” It rang true in that it was once again an exceptional day of meeting friends, neighbors and supporters of all things Oyster Bay on the day that officially starts the summer season.
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