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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

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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