If hours of fishing followed by a tailgate party with hot dogs, beverages, snacks, raffles, awards and prizes sounds like a perfect day to you, then you’ll want to sign up for the 27th Annual Town of Oyster Bay Bluefish Tournament, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9, according to Councilwoman Beth Faughnan.
The tournament runs from 4:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. “The entrance fee for the tournament, which is open to anglers of all ages, is $25 for town residents and $35 for non-residents. Registration is limited to the first 350 boats.
The Oyster Bay Rockets and the Oyster Bay Tornadoes, boys and girls U17 team’s had the great honor to play in the Schwan’s USA Cup International Tournament in Blaine, Minnesota, July 13-16. This is due to the sponsorship of the Oyster Bay/East Norwich Soccer Club.
Both teams have been together since U10 travel, at that time it was the first year teams could participate in a travel program. Prior to U10 they played in the intramural program in Oyster Bay. Since then they have represented Oyster Bay all over LI. The Tornadoes also participate in tournaments all over the east coast. Traveling west was a first for both teams along with traveling together with another Oyster Bay team.
A letter signed by 447 people was sent to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, stating:
“We, the undersigned, are in favor of the inclusion of a bicycle lane and sidewalk in the West Shore Road reconstruction plans.
“A walkable shoulder is an unacceptable substitute for a proper bicycle lane and sidewalk, and the absence of a bike lane and sidewalk will unnecessarily endanger pedestrians, cyclists and joggers.”
The hamlet of Oyster Bay will be hosting one of Long Island’s most important and exciting recreational sporting events, the 25th Anniversary Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, on Sunday, Aug. 26.
The “Tri” will once again start and finish at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. Fifteen hundred athletes are expected to complete a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, followed by a 15-kilometer bike ride through Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and finishing up with a 5-kilometer run up to the Planting Fields Arboretum and back to the finish line at Roosevelt Park. The first wave of athletes will enter the water at 7:30 a.m., and the last athlete should cross the finish line well before 11 a.m.
Individuals who haven’t surfed in years due to spinal cord injuries that left them paralyzed will be able to get on to surfboards at Long Beach thanks to an organization called Wheels2Water. Dozens of volunteers are needed to help paralyzed surfers out of their wheelchairs and onto specially designed surfboards. The Wheels2Water event takes place starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12 at National Blvd. in Long Beach. Interested volunteers should contact Anthony Testaverde at 516-729-1061. A second event is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 23 at Lido Beach.
Anglers down in the Gulf remember this tragic event: three friends, two of them NFL players, lost after their boat capsized during a fishing trip in March 2009. A fourth was rescued after clinging to the hull in 63-degree water for almost two days. As an offshore angler, you would never want to find yourself unprepared in such a desperate situation. If fishing takes you far offshore, make sure you know your limits.
Get advanced training. Boating education is widely available and includes classroom and online training offered through the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA), United States Power Squadrons (USPS) and state boating agencies. Advanced training in navigation, seamanship, boat handling and weather are important to know before you venture into open waters. Local knowledge and recommendations from experienced captains who run offshore fishing charters can be valuable as well.
The July 4th capsizing of the Kandi Won resulting in three fatalities in Oyster Bay Harbor has focused attention on boating safety. Senator Carl L. Marcellino, along with members of the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, will be holding a public hearing to examine the current laws and regulations on boating safety in New York State and whether changes are necessary to protect the public on our waters. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Town of Oyster Bay Hearing Room, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay.
Senator Marcellino was recently contacted by the family of Victoria Gaines, the young girl who tragically lost her life in the Oyster Bay July 4th boating accident, to enlist his help in ensuring greater safety measures on New York waters. They want to create Victoria’s Law in her memory.
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.
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