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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

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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