Oyster Bay High School athletes crowded into a classroom at the high school to meet the new head coach for the Baymen Football Program, Mr. Joe Knoll on Wednesday, Feb. 2.
Coach Knoll comes to Oyster Bay with an impressive track record. He began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach in Sewanhaka where he was part of an organization that won five straight championships. The highlight of his coaching experience at Sewanhaka was having the opportunity to coach a future Heisman Trophy winner. A young quarterback by the name of Vinnie Testaverde who went on to play in the NFL and was QB for the New York Jets.
The Oyster Bay Tornadoes, U16 girls travel soccer team, consists of 15 and 16 year-old players. They include: Kristen Poppe (defender), Danielle Coccia (forward), Gabrielle Albanese (defender/ midfielder), Melissa Albanese (forward/midfielder), Erin Allen (forward/center midfielder), Katrina Cappiello (defender/midfielder), Amanda Kalan (center midfielder), Marissa Venuto (midfielder), Melissa LaCorte (defender/forward), Brianna Cornachio (forward/midfielder), Emily Siringo (forward/midfielder), Alessandra Puccio (forward), Julia Cranz (defender/midfielder), Erica Eisenberg (defender/forward), Caroline Dupre (defender), Marissa Matarese (forward/midfielder), Kristen Maggi (defender), Arden Etts (goalie), Riane Woodman (defender). The girls are coached by Sal Albanese.
Fencing began on Tuesday, Feb. 8 and runs eight sessions to April 5 with no session on Feb. 22. Members in grades second through fourth will meet in the gym from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. and members in grades fifth through eighth from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Fencing teacher John Wilhelm will instruct the program. The total fee for all eight sessions is $80.
Nassau County’s Muttontown Preserve will host a guided “Winter Trek” hike on Sunday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. The hike will lead participants through a variety of environments present on the preserve, including the wetlands, wooded trails and upland woods, open meadow, conifer stands, and kettle ponds. The tour guide will also discuss the plants and animals located in the various areas of the preserve. The hike is approximately three miles in length.
Members of the media had the opportunity to meet New York Islanders owner, Charles Wang, as he hosted the fourth annual Lighthouse International Youth Hockey Tournament which featured pee-wee teams from China, Finland, Japan, Long Island and Westchester County. It was held at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, Jan. 23. The ages of participants in the tournament ranged from 9-12 years old.
Runners and walkers of all ages and levels of ability from Oyster Bay, East Norwich, Mill Neck, Bayville, Locust Valley, and all over Long Island are invited to test their training and endurance levels by being a part of the 14th annual Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid Kings Park 15 Kilometer Run. The Run will take place on Saturday, March 19, starting at 9 a.m. at the New Discovery Elementary School on Lawrence Road in Kings Park. (Additional parking is available 3/8 mile away at Kings Park High School).
It’s time to sign up for the 7th Annual ucpn Polar Bear Plunge which will be held on Sunday, March 6 at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Beach/Park. Everyone is already gearing up for the fun.
Atlantic Steamer Fire Company ex-chief Frank Ozol is the liaison between the fire company and ucpn. He is also on the Polar Bear Plunge committee. “We are one of the sponsors of the Plunge, he said. “I am going to have the East Norwich Juniors (firefighters) assisting us. I’m also going to try to get the Nassau County Police Explorers to come and help. We had them last year and they were a great help with crowd control. We get a pretty good crowd so we need help,” he said.
The WaterFront Center is hard at work on the oyster sloop Christeen. The project is being documented on the WFC Internet site by Executive Director Dave Waldo. It is a wonderful site with videos of the action showing shipwright Josh Herman and the volunteers at work. It is informative and gives a great feeling for the work being done.
The Long Distance Running Committee of USA Track & Field’s Long Island Association has selected the Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run as the Association 5 Kilometer Championship race for 2011.
Oyster Bay Power Squadron District 3 Lieutenant Glen Sherman, public relations officer, announced courses designed to make every boater a safe boater are now available through local power squadrons.
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