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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

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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