Two local karate academies recently teamed up to raise money for a charitable organization, and had tremendous success. On Sept. 7, Oyster Bay Family Karate with the help of The Karate Academy of Bethpage raised over $10,000 for Saint Judes.
“It was such an amazing day, both schools participated in karate tournaments and fun games,” says Sensei Bobby Rekha, owner of Oyster Bay Family Karate, who helped organize the event with Sensei Larry Batista.
The Town of Oyster Bay recently held it’s 28th annual Bluefish Tournament at Theodore Roosevelt Park. The tournament, sponsored by the Town’s Department of Parks and Oyster Bay Marine Supply, is a fun day for the whole family with raffles and prizes that include Mercury inflatable boats and Mercury outboards, rods, reels, ice chests, water skis, dinners for two and much more. It is an awesome display of fishing equipment that everyone looks forward to having a chance to win.
The tournament is one of the largest in the Northeast and is enjoyed by boating and fishing enthusiasts. This year, Bob Leicht of Huntington won first prize with a catch of 15.48 pounds and also received the John Walker Award. Oyster Bay’s own Pierre Marchais, owner of Pierre Marchais Tree Service, earned second place honors with a catch of 15.06 pounds.
In between their morning and afternoon pre-season practices, the Oyster Bay Junior Varsity and Varsity Field Hockey teams washed cars for a wonderful cause, the Special Olympics.
The upper field of the John Maccarone Memorial Stadium in Glen Cove is once again alive with the sights and sounds of LI-Kick, Glen Cove’s co-ed adult kickball league.
Glen Cove resident Sal Farruggia, 27, founded LI-Kick this past spring, in partnership with the City of Glen Cove’s Department of Parks and Recreation and its director, Darcy Belyea.
Oyster Bay resident Neel Raj was recently recognized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) at the site of this year’s US Open for excellence on the court this season. Raj finished second in the Boys 12 bracket of Eastern Award winners. The awards were based on the 2013 performances of the participants during a series of tournaments.
St. Gertrude’s Rising fifth grade basketball team won the Island Garden Championship, finishing the season 19-1: 8-0 in CYO and 11-1 in Island Garden.
St. Gertrude’s coaches went into the CYO summer season expecting to do well, and hoping to win a few games in the 10-game Island Garden summer season. The coaches figured on just gaining experience from playing at a much higher level in Island Garden play.
On Saturday, Aug. 17, the Oyster Bay Rough Riders won the Boys U14 Kick-off Classic Soccer Tournament, held at the Soccer Park in Plainview. The boys went a perfect three wins and no losses in the tournament.
In the first game, the Oyster Bay Rough Riders defeated the Long Island Rough Riders 4-0. Goals were scored by Nick Zucconi, Charlie Ritter (two) and Manny DeFreitas. In the second game against HBC, the lone goal was scored by Harrison Treble as the boys won 1-0. In the third and final game, Justin Lanza scored with about 10 minutes remaining to give Oyster Bay a 3-2 victory over the Long Island Rough Rider’s Elite Team. Other goals scored in the game were by Spencer Weingord and Harrison Treble.
The top local finisher in the 26th annual Runner’s Edge-Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon was 16-year-old Glen Lostritto of Old Brookville, who took second place in the 16-19 age group and finished 18th overall. Kelly Pickard was the first Oyster Bay woman to cross the line, putting her in seventh place overall among the women. The triathlon was held on Saturday, Aug. 24 under near-perfect weather conditions.
Other local award winners include:
Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley (first master, Athena Weight Division)
Steven Quigley of Bayville (first Master Clydesdale plus Weight Division)
A record amount of $200,000 was raised at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County’s (HMTC) Golf Outing on Monday, Aug. 19 as David Rosen, golf outing chair, greeted 136 golfers at the prestigious Glen Head Country Club. He was joined by Co-Chairs Stewart Hescheles, Len Novick, and Matt Skidell.
“I am a father of five, and the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center’s mission to educate our youth on diversity and tolerance fuels my passion for spreading the word and doing good things,” Rosen said. “Our children are our future. Dialogue and exchange between people of different views, cultures and faiths is the glue that will hold us together and enrich us all.”
The 32nd Annual Invitational Golf Tournament was held at The Creek in Locust Valley on Aug. 12, where many professionals joined together to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the March of Dimes. This year’s honoree was Robert Gilman of Plainview, CPA of Anchin, Block & Anchin, LLP. Other sponsors included Seyfarth Shaw, Bryan Cave, Deloitte, Jericho Capital, Merrick Financial Group, Michael & Darci Hirschberg, Meister Seelig & Fein LLP, Property Resources Corporation, TD Bank, and Lexus of Massapequa.
Even though this event was postponed from June due to inclement weather, it couldn’t keep away the 96 golfers who raised over $105,000. On the 17th hole, golfers were challenged by 12-year-old youth volunteer, Alex Keener of Bethpage. Each golfer took a chance but only a handful of golfers were able to top his shot. Also, Paul “Dr. Hook” D’Amato joined the March of Dimes golfers for a fun filled day.
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