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Students Teaching Students

The American Sign Language program continues to grow each year in Oyster Bay.  Dr. Nicolle Sisia’s Advanced American Sign Language class worked tirelessly to share their love of language with the underclassman at OBHS.  

“ASL Day” has become an annual tradition where the Advanced American Sign Language students become teachers for the day, inviting students to the library to learn the language, grammar and cultural experiences they have acquired in their ASL classes.  

Senior Gabriella Micelli said, “I really felt like I was able to connect with many of the students who didn’t know they could enroll in an American Sign Language class.  It felt great to be able to share all that I have learned with others.”  

Juniors Bret Mattel and Nikia Gardon agree, “This is a great opportunity for us to really show others how much we learn during each class.  We were able to answer every question we were asked.  That’s a pretty great feeling.”

Dr. Sisia teaches American Sign Language Levels I, II and III.  The level III course also allows students to acquire up to six college credits for a reduced tuition.  

Junior Hannah Kaiser shares, “It’s great that as a high school student I am able to get a jump start on college.  This will make my transition from High School to college a lot easier.”  

Junior Laurel Dorfman explained that her love of the language and the ASL courses offered at OBHS have enticed her to look for additional signing opportunities outside of the school day.  “I wish I could explain how these courses have made such a positive impact on my education.  I feel successful in these classes and was able to show my competency of the language to others during ASL Day.”

The value of getting college credits while in high school can literally be “taken to the bank.”  Gianni Napolitano graduated from Oyster Bay High School in 2010.  With the college credits he earned while at OBHS by taking advanced placement and honors classes, Gianni will be graduating from New York University in January of 2014, one semester early, saving his parents tens of thousands of dollars.

News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



Columns

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com