According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, more than five million Americans are suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
Troubled by these statistics and personally affected, Long Islander and NBA draftee Gordon Thomas founded the Alzheimer’s All-Star Basketball Classic Committee, a group of professionals dedicated to raising awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Ronald Caronia, MD, a glaucoma and cataract surgeon and partner of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) with Tom Burke, CEO of OCLI, participated in the first annual American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation’s “Run for Sight” 5K and 1-mile walk during the ASCRS/ASOA Annual Symposium and Congress in San Francisco. Dr. Caronia hails from Oyster Bay Cove and Mr. Burke is a resident of Islip.
The ASCRS partnered with TearLabs to host this first-ever “Run for Sight” event. It took place on Sunday, April 21 near the beautiful Japanese botanical gardens in Golden Gate Park. The event raised close to $25,000. All proceeds from the race will benefit the ASCRS Foundation’s cataract blindness treatment efforts.
The Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich will be holding its annual President’s Cup Golf Tournament on Monday, May 20, at Pine Hollow Country Club, East Norwich. Join them for a fun-filled day. Enjoy brunch, 18 holes of golf, contests, great raffles and prizes, and a “not to be missed” dinner buffet. It is not too late to participate. Register today.
The Spring Varsity Sports Season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Three fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay High School Coaches as Athletes of the Month for March 2013.
Boys Varsity Lacrosse Coach Brian Soper selected Senior Captain Zach Greenspan, who plays Attack. Zach set career highs in goals with five and points with six in a 12-6 victory against Copiague High School. This season Zach has scored a goal in every game so far and leads the team with 17 goals in the first six games. He has propelled the boys varsity to a great start. The team began the season with a 4-2 record, which surpassed last year’s win total.
The record board for the Oyster Bay High School Boy’s Track Team is once again host to erroneous information. It is now a source of inaccuracy since Seniors Kyle Cartwright and Theodore Hamlin slashed previously held records.
On April 4, during a home meet at the James H. Vernon Middle School track, Cartwright broke the previously held record in the 110-meter high hurdles. Already the Oyster Bay record holder for this event, Cartwright improved his previous best of 15.5 seconds by one tenth of second setting the new school record at 15.4 seconds. Cartwright also became the school record holder for the 400-meter intermediate hurdles on April 9 at an away meet at Locust Valley. Oyster Bay Class of 2010 alumni Chris Murdock held the previous record with a time of 58.00 seconds. Cartwright now holds the record with a time of 57.7 seconds.
On Saturday, March 23, the Saint Dominic C.Y.O. captured two victories of historic proportions. In a season that saw four C.Y.O. BayHawk boys basketball teams make the playoffs (as well as two girls teams), capping off the successful 2012/2013 campaign for two of those boys teams by taking home the Championship Trophy was the perfect way to end the season. For the first time in recent history, Saint Dominic C.Y.O. had two teams competing for gold on the same day.
In a heart-pounding battle, St. Dominic seventh grade CYO Team came away with the victory versus a very talented St. Hyacinth team by a score of 48-47. Behind strong guard play, St. Hyacinth jumped out to an early lead that grew to 10 points through the second quarter. Lead by strong play from Luke Puccio and a couple of late baskets, St. Dominic cut the lead to six points going into halftime trailing 24-18.
The Long Island Marathon Weekend will be held May 3-5. The event has grown to include a full and half marathon, 10K, 5K, 1-mile run, and Kids Fun Run. The festivities begin on Friday, May 3 at 3: p.m. with a vendor expo at Mitchel Athletic Complex, followed by the Main Event “Carbohydration” Pasta Party at 6:30 p.m. courtesy of the Main Event Restaurant and Sports Bar. The races begin on Saturday, May 4, with the 1-mile run starting at 8 a.m.
Shortly thereafter, the 5K will commence at 8:30 a.m. Both the 1-mile and the 5K races start on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. and finish at Mitchel Athletic Complex. The last race of the day, The Kids Fun Run, will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the Mitchel track. On Sunday, May 5th, the marathon, half marathon and 10K will take place. All participants will assemble at the starting line on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. for an 8 a.m. start.
The Striper Surf Club (SSC) will celebrate Earth Day at its 12th Annual Spring Beach Clean-up on Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m. to noon. Members of the Striper Surf club and local volunteers will pitch-in to remove debris and trash from the beach and dock areas located in the Jones Beach West End Construction Dock.
After four quarters of nail-biting action and back-and-forth baskets, the Friends Academy Varsity Girls Basketball team ultimately prevailed against Stony Brook in the March 6 Class C Long Island Championship, 29-25 at Hofstra University.
Bringing home the Long Island title represented the furthest the girls basketball program has come. “This is the first Long Island Championship in the history of the program,” said head coach Ryan Schneider.
After proving themselves at the junior varsity level, Oyster Bay High School’s Girls Lacrosse program is ready to take the next step by competing as a varsity team.
The Girls Lacrosse program at Oyster Bay High School began in the spring of 2009 with a middle school team consisting of seventh and eighth grade students. The driving force behind the formation of a school sponsored program came from the overwhelming number of students involved in the Rough Rider Lacrosse Program, an organization dedicated to promoting the game of Lacrosse to the youth of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich area. With so many girls participating in the Rough Rider Lacrosse Program, it was a logical choice to offer them the chance to compete for their school.
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