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Firefighters Light Up Holiday Luncheon

This year’s Ladies Holiday Luncheon at the Metropolitan Club outdid itself. Lori Bahnik brought a smile to everyone’s face as she brought firefighters who posed for the annual FDNY 2013 calendar. It was a double benefit event.

...And the women just loved it. They lined up to buy calendars for themselves and for gifts and had the firefighters sign them. A great many friends of the women at the luncheon are going to really love the holiday presents their receive, especially if they are the calendars.

Ms. Bahnik told the back story of having the firefighters come to the luncheon. She said a friend of hers has a son who is a firefighter and she suggested the firemen come with their calendars to sell to benefit the FDNY Foundation. It was a great fit for the party.

On a more serious note, Ms. Bahnik told a story of just what the Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich does to help children. She said Executive Director Gail Canovan told her of a family in great need that was referred to them by the OB-EN School District. “We work very closely with them,” Lori said. They were alerted to three young children who were not doing well in school. To help the children they arranged to have them join their before and after school programs. 

Ms. Bahnik explained, “Children are dropped off at 7 a.m. and are given breakfast. From there they are bused to school. They come back to the BGC after school for homework help and fun and are picked up from 6 to 7 p.m.”  

The club decided to give them a scholarship by paying 90 percent of the cost for the three children. The mother couldn’t afford to contribute her 10 percent and so the staff funded the remaining 10 percent so the children could attend. When conditions worsened for the little family, the club arranged for clothing and school supplies for the children. 

“This is why you are all here helping to raise money to assist families like these. Thank you,” said Ms. Bahnik. She also offered the ladies the opportunity to pick a “snowman” off their tree with a wish list inside and become that family’s Santa. For more information please call 922-9285.


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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