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Fourth Graders Go ‘On The Road’

As part of the East Woods fourth grade curriculum, the students went on four field trips to various Long Island destinations … and one field trip came to them. Although the weather didn’t always cooperate (Hurricane Sandy, chilly temperatures), and the destinations weren’t always open as scheduled (Fire Island Lighthouse, Sagamore Hill), the fourth grade students and teachers persevered and enjoyed exploring the history and beauty of Long Island.

The various trips and lessons learned were documented throughout the year by the students and culminated in a wonderful re-telling of their adventures. At the one-room Nassakeag Schoolhouse in Stony Brook the children traveled back in time and experienced life as students in the late 1800s.

When the Theodore Roosevelt Traveling Trunk Show came to school, the students were taught about Theodore Roosevelt’s childhood and early life through pictures and replicas of items he would have used.

The trip to the Joseph Lloyd Manor in Lloyd Harbor showed the students how children and their parents lived in the mid-1700s.

The much-anticipated overnight trip to Caumsett State Park in Lloyd Neck focused on ecology and team-building. The last trip of the busy year was to the 18th Century Epenetus Smith Tavern in Smithtown where the students learned about the Revolutionary War and the importance of taverns during this time in history.

The fourth grade class did a wonderful job of bringing their hands-on experiences to life for their audience of fellow students, faculty and parents. Special thanks for all of their hard work and dedication goes to East Woods fourth grade teachers Danielle Rosenthal and Patricia Butt.

East Woods School is an independent, co-educational pre-nursery through eighth grade school, including a full-day kindergarten program. East Woods School is located on 46-acres in Oyster Bay.

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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