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East Woods Begins 68th Year With New Head Of School

From the East Woods School

The muggy and slightly gray morning was no match for the 208 smiling faces that climbed the East Woods steps for the first day of the 2013 – 2014 school year. As the students were greeted by the new Head of East Woods School, Matthew H. Bradley, the excitement and energy of the day was palpable. From the 2-year-olds experiencing their first-ever day of school in the East Woods pre-nursery class, to the eighth-graders who have been there for a decade, the students were all eager to greet old friends and meet new ones. Parents were equally as enthusiastic for the academic year to begin. Cameras at the ready, parents documented the first day of school with a sense of pride and already a twinge of nostalgia.

The Opening Day Ceremony was marked by the traditional recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the singing of the school song. Both were introduced by Student Council President Morgan McCartan and Vice President Avery Bederman. Morgan and Avery then introduced Matt Bradley for his Opening Day remarks.  

Mr. Bradley first expressed his excitement that the 2013 – 2014 school year has arrived, and then he thanked the East Woods community for the warm welcome given to his wife Melinda, and their three children. Following in the words of the East Woods mission statement that this school is “…a nurturing community…” Mr. Bradley had everyone – students, faculty, staff and parents – turn to the people around them and introduce themselves with a smile and a handshake.  He then, accompanied by loud and enthusiastic applause, introduced all the members of the East Woods faculty and staff. With the Opening Day ceremony completed, the start of the school year is officially underway. The East Woods faculty, students and parents are looking forward to a wonderful year full of hands-on learning, fun with friends, and myriad opportunities.

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.

For additional information, please contact Amanda Laserson at 516-922-4400, or visit www.eastwoods.org.

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



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