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2012 Holiday Toy Drive Underway

New and unwrapped toys and gift cards are welcome

There is nothing lovelier than seeing a child’s eyes light up after opening up a gift wrapped holiday toy. Here in Oyster Bay, Carol and Randy Daub are continuing the tradition of making sure all children will have that experience despite what the family financial circumstances are at this time. As the chairs of the 2012 Holiday Toy Drive. Ms. Daub said, “We are gearing up to provide gifts/toys for a large number of children (ages birth - 14) that have been identified as children ‘in need’. We offer assistance only to families living in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich community. Let us not forget those less fortunate than ourselves. With your generous support, this tradition will continue.”

The annual Toy Drive operates under IHNC (the Interreligious Human Needs Council) —  CSAC (the Community Social Action Committee) orchestrates the annual food drive.  Families and individuals receive food assistance for both Thanksgiving and the holiday season through the two major programs run under IHNC.  

“Randy and I agreed to co-chair both programs about 12 years ago when Eve Bernstein (food drive) and Joe Ferraro (toy drive), each members of IHNC, stepped down.  

“Rosemary Colvin and Joe worked together on the toy drive for many years.  They used the Oyster Bay High School cafeteria as the drop-off site,” she said.

Please bring all toy donations, they must be new and unwrapped and deliver them to: the First Presbyterian Church, 60 East Main Street, Oyster Bay, between Monday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. For information call 922-5477.

FYI: The Oyster Bay High School and the Vernon School are also holding toy drives now through Friday, Dec. 14. Donations can be new unwrapped toys or gift cards. The toys that are collected will be used to help out families in the Oyster Bay community.


News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



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