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Cooling The Earth

Mother Nature, carbon, methane, and polar bears… oh my! Students at Theodore Roosevelt School were in for a treat as teachers kicked off the third annual Cool the Earth special assembly geared to teach children about climate change.

‘Cool the Earth’ is an innovative, nationwide program that motivates kids and their families to take actions to reduce their carbon footprint. Through these actions, learning occurs. Plus, the actions all add up to a large reduction of carbon emissions for the entire community. OB-EN is part of an elite group of 170 elementary and middle schools that have run the program.  Cool the Earth has kept more than 100 million pounds of carbon from being emitted into the atmosphere.

Regina D’Orio, science and technology teacher, introduced the assembly program and invited the “special guests” to come join the students. Out came Roosevelt Librarian Roseann Davidson as Mama Polar Bear; Principal Gina Faust, as Koda the Polar Bear Cub; Penny Koinis as the Earth and D’Orio, as Mother Nature. Mr. Bob Stern entertained, as always, as the sneaky villain, Mr. Carbon.  Mr. Carbon was joined by his evil brother Mr. Methane played with aplomb by Peter Rufa.

The assembly opened as Mama and Koda Polar Bear are swimming trying to find their icy home, but realize that their habitat is melting. They ask Earth for help only to find that she is covered in blankets and too warm to make more ice for them.  

It gets worse when Mr. Carbon pops out and tells the students that the United States is responsible for over 25% of all carbon emissions in the world creating carbon every time they burn coal or gas.  Mother Nature finally calms everyone down by telling them about ways that humans can help to stop creating carbon.

The polar bears embark on a hunt to find Earth saving ways enlisting the help of teachers in the audience.  The students learn that they can each go home and help save the polar bear and cool the earth.

The assembly was fabulous with beautifully designed background scenery by Stephanie Miley and a fun soundtrack played by Michele Taube. The students were so engaged laughing with delight, booing Mr. Carbon and Mr. Methane while cheering for the polar bears, Mother Earth and Mother Nature.  

“Students are learning responsibility, citizenship and caring for our earth by doing simple things like turning off the water when they brush their teeth.” says. D’Orio. “They are learning that they really can make a difference!”

To learn more about the program or take action yourself, please visit the website www.cooltheearth.org.

News

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Movie: Godzilla

Thursday, Sept. 25

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Sept. 26

Plein Art Competition

Saturday, Sept. 27



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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