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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

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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