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Register Now For Before And After School Programs

Open registration for the Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich’s Before and After School Programs is in progress. These programs are open to all children enrolled in the OB-EN School District. Registration packets will be available at the Boys & Girls Clubhouse at One Pine Hollow Road, Oyster Bay. Registration is by mail and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Spaces are limited so don’t delay.

The registrants of the Before School Program, grades K-6, enjoy a light, healthy breakfast and participate in fun, age-appropriate activities before the start of each school day.  The program begins at 7 a.m., and transportation is provided to Roosevelt and Vernon schools.

The After School Program provides children in grades K-5 with a safe, fun environment with caring staff members and friends. Transportation is provided from Roosevelt and Vernon schools at school dismissal. The program operates Monday-Friday from dismissal time until 6:30 p.m. each day school is in session.

The club also offers a Drop-In Program for member in grades 6 through 12. Students enrolled in the Drop-In Program will be transported from Vernon School or Oyster Bay High School, with the purchase of a Gamesroom Pass. The Senior Gamesroom provides a safe gathering place for youngsters.  The room is equipped with a pool table, foosball table and a large screen T.V. Special events, including game tournaments, movie nights, Friday Night Fun, and more special activities, are scheduled throughout the year.  For Gamesroom pass holders, the hours are: 3-6:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 3-9 p.m. on Fridays.  The club’s After School and Drop-In Programs help give children a safe, exciting, and fun, place to spend their time after school!  

Partial scholarships are available for the Before and After School Programs and for Senior Gamesroom Passes. Those interested should complete and submit a scholarship application form and requisite tax returns.  

For more information regarding the programs and registration, should be directed to Lorraine Rubin, Child Care Director, at 516-922-9285, ext.  19, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit www.bgcoben.org for more information.

News

With a general discontent about the view-blocking pedestrian railings recently installed along West Shore Road, the discussion at the Oyster Bay Civic Association meeting on Sept. 18 focused on the possibility of having the road designated as a scenic highway.

This concept was suggested by Gregory Druhak of Centre Island, a regular traveler along West Shore Road, who said, “I believe this is the most scenic drive on Long Island west of the Hamptons, perhaps on all of Long Island itself, and it is not being treated as such. I feel we are being given the Lefferts Boulevard [down by JFK airport] expressway extension instead. For all you can see, it might as well be the Belt Parkway below the fence instead of Oyster Bay. This is wrong.”  

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.


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

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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