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Church Partners With Teams For Sandy’s Cleanup

Volunteers from the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief teams (SBCDR) from Kentucky and Illinois as well as two people from upstate New York were thanked at a dinner on Monday, Nov. 11. It was hosted  by their partners at the North Shore Community Church of Oyster Bay (NSCC). They had joined with them, right after Hurricane Sandy, as the teams volunteered to help with the cleanup — offering their services free. The church provided support services for the volunteers.

Dr. John Yenchko, NSCC pastor said, “Since Hurricane Sandy’s devastating blast across Long Island, the NSCC was trying to do its small part to help in the recovery effort.

“These remarkable SBCDR people brought trailers with chain saws, pumps, pails, mops and all kinds of sanitizing equipment to serve people who have fallen trees, flooded basements and various needs. They have worked at homes across the North Shore tirelessly and without cost, out of their love for God and love for people. You’ll recognize these people by their warm smiles and bright yellow shirts and pleasant Kentucky accents.

“NSCC is grateful to be a part of their support team with our finances, occasionally adding workers, but mostly housing, feeding, and praying for them,” he said. The workers slept in the church basement Sunday school rooms.

Pastor Yenchko added, “If you know of folks who are still struggling to clean out their basements or garages from the flooding or who have trees that need to be cut and stacked, let us know and one of the assessors will check out the job site.” He added, “If  anyone would like to contribute to their support while they are here, checks may be made out to the NSCC benevolent fund noting ‘disaster relief’ in the memo, and sent to the North Shore Community Church, 213 South St., Oyster Bay New York, 11771.”

Marvelous Work

Pastor John said, “The SBCDR team planned to be here until Tuesday, Nov. 20 but were heading home for Thanksgiving Day.” He said, “The team convenes every evening around 6 p.m. as our church hosts them for dinner. They have been on the road since the hurricane struck. I understand that they may be reassigned at some point to the South Shore or to New Jersey or to Freeport where there are significant needs. If they do we will partner with them again. Currently people are calling us and we are taking their information and doing assessments of the work needed, but as time runs out, we just can’t get to all the jobs we would like to complete.

“It’s amazing. They are professional. They don’t take a dime. We do support them as they are out there making a real difference.”

Helping In Bayville

Pastor Yenchko said the team was working in Bayville. “They do what is called ‘mud-outs’ which means they go into a basement with shovels and mops and remove all the sand and mud. At the high water mark they cut off the dry wall so they can let it dry out. They pull up carpets so they can be thrown out. Another team does tree work. They don’t climb trees but they cut up and stack those that have fallen. They help people get a semblance of order in their lives, when they need hope from the great burden of the storm. That is why we partnered with them immediately. The day after the storm I got the call. They knew about us, even though we are not Baptists, and we were willing to partner with them. Two teams came from Kentucky and one from Illinois.

“It’s our privilege to be able to help. We want to be the hands and feet of the lord in this hard time,” he said. For more information please call 922-7322 or visit northshorecommunitychurch.com

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

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.


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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