Leonora Petrina of New Zealand (and now Bayport) scored as the overall winner of the 29th Annual Runner’s Edge Long Island Women’s Run on July 14, as a record field of 455 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes crossed the finish line on the track at Farmingdale High School. It was Petrina’s third consecutive win in the event.
Top local finishers included Jean Bohan of Oyster Bay, who scored in 19th place overall and second in the 40-44 age group, and Jeri Cavagnaro of Locust Valley, who won the fifth place award in the 65-69 age group.
Country Farms Polo presents Polo at the Park, a series of special polo events at Bethpage State Park each Sunday afternoon through Oct. 14. Polo, once referred to as the “game of kings,” is now gaining popularity among competitive sports fans and those seeking casual, local and low-cost entertainment. Country Farms Polo operates a polo training and equestrian center in Medford, NY with indoor and outdoor polo fields operating year round.
“With its high speeds and energy, polo is the original extreme sport. With Polo at the Park we wanted to introduce Long Islanders to polo in a way that is accessible to everyone. Long Island has a tradition of horsemanship and a thriving equestrian community; polo is a natural fit for those looking for a new experience that is thrilling and relaxing at the same time,” said Bob Ceparano of Country Farms Polo in Medford.
On June 16, Sagamore Yacht Club hosted the 13th Annual Friends of Oyster Bay (FOB) Race and Post Race Party for the benefit of the Matthew Fetzer Foundation — which helps children with cancer.
The Matthew Fetzer Foundation in Bayville is a charity founded by the parents of Matthew Fetzer, a young child who succumbed to the ravages of cancer. It was through the years of his valiant battle that his parents came to realize that so many children were in this same situation, battling for their lives, and were losing whatever little childhood they could have.
Nassau County will host “Children’s Day” on Sunday, July 22, from 4 until 7 p.m. at Eisenhower Park, sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Admission is free.
From 4 until 6 p.m., children of all ages will be able to enjoy a variety of activities including carnival rides (ages 2 - 8), bouncy houses (ages 3 -15), face painting and arts and crafts. Beginning at 6 p.m., Plaza Theatrical Productions will be performing Cinderella at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre.
The Oyster Bay Lady Owls U9 Girls soccer won first place in the LIJSL Green Division. The Division Champions finished 9-1-1 overall and 8-0-1 in league play. The girls trained hard all season and were a real improved team from last season. The team was trained by Jenny Roehrig of ISA and coached by Manny DeFreitas, Eddie Reilly and Brad Wieboldt.
The Oyster Bay Rough Riders A U12 boys soccer team finished unbeaten and in first place. With a record of 7 wins and no losses and 1 tie they captured the LIJSL Division 5W Championship. Overall for the season the team had 9 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties. Coach Manny DeFreitas was very proud of his team as they played great soccer over the season.
Running aground can happen, even in perfect weather, using the latest navigation equipment, and consulting up-to-date local charts. Remember, not all submerged hazards or shallow waters are marked by a danger buoy. You can minimize your chances of running aground by adhering to the following:
• Keep a proper lookout; this includes watching for shoals and sandbars. Learn to recognize shoal water.
Are you an evening romantic or an early morning angler? Boating in the dark raises important visibility issues that boaters need to consider before leaving the dock. Things look very different at night and it’s easy to become lost or disoriented, plus the chance of an accident greatly increases after the sun goes down. The U.S. Coast Guard offers the following safety tips.
Weather is especially critical. Be sure to check the forecast before heading out, either from local media or your marine VHF-FM radio weather channel. Statewide weather forecasts and warnings are available from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at www.noaa.gov, which also lists local National Weather Service contacts. Besides checking for any incoming storms, consider the phases of the moon and the amount of cloud cover, both of which can affect your visibility – and how well other boats see you – in the dark. Practice risk assessment. Is it a high-traffic holiday weekend? Is there a full moon?
The Oyster Bay Sail & Power Squadron (OBSPS) held their 25th Annual Blessing of the Fleet as part of this year’s Bay Day held by the WaterFront Center on June 3. It was the 12th Bay Day: begun by Friends of the Bay; they were joined by the WaterFront Center (WFC) in hosting the early events. The WFC then took it over for several years and, for the past two years, the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce has joined them in producing a varied land and sea experience for residents and visitors.
The Blessing of the Fleet was an independent event for many years but recently it has been run in conjunction with Bay Day at the Jakobson Pier. Over 50 boats participated in the event and size and power was no problem. “Any type of boat may participate - power, sail, recreational or commercial - even kayaks, canoes and shells - as long as the boat is able to safely navigate the parade route. The route is designed to accommodate the draft of most boats, but all skippers remain responsible for their own safe navigation,” explained Larry Weiss, OBSPS past commander.
When you consider that the Varsity career of a high school athlete is usually just four years, it is a truly remarkable achievement for a high school program to win six championships in a row. There is one constant in a situation like this. Coaching.
Head Coach Jay Davis, Assistant Coach Scott Lineman and JV Coach Ron Scudder hold the keys to teaching and inspiring young athletes to play at their best all season long. Coach Davis has garnered Coach of the Year distinction in the past few years. This year Mr. Scott Lineman was recognized and honored with Assistant Coach of the Year.
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