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They’re 36 And Counting

Life Enrichment Center celebrates love

for one another on their anniversary

Valentine’s Day was chosen as the perfect time to celebrate the 36th anniversary of the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay. In the absence of an executive director, since October when Gail Speranza left, Mary Frignani, program coordinator and Nancy Farinaccio program assistant, and all the staff members, have been sharing those responsibilities.

LEC member Belle Santora said, “They have been doing a wonderful job of running the center.”

Nancy Farinaccio said the day started with a concert by the Oyster Bay High School students. They also brought a great many raffle items they gathered from the community as a fundraiser for the center.

Farinaccio said the staff decided to focus on Valentine’s Day for the event. “The senior center [then known as the Doubleday Babcock Center in acknowledgement of the fund that supported the project] opened on Feb. 10, 1977. It was an outreach of Christ Church and was to be a one-day a week program but kept on evolving until now it is a five-day a week program that runs from Monday to Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.”

Reality vs. Perception

LECOB board president John Sant’Angelo recently said, “The biggest misconception the public has is that the center is somehow government funded by the Town of Oyster Bay, or is paid for by our taxes and so say, ‘Why should I be paying for it?’

“That is not at all the truth. The LECOB is a private institution in the hamlet. Just a portion, about one third of the funding, comes from Nassau County. The other portion is raised through fundraising in the community, from individuals and other sources.” [The town has cut back on its funding of the center and now provides $13,000 a year.]

For instance, he said, “There is a new bus for the DayBreak program. It was privately funded. Robert Garland donated the money after he passed away, to get/buy the bus.”

Understanding that need for funds, made it especially endearing that the OBHS students went throughout the community gathering raffle donations. The items seemed to come from every local restaurant and beauty salon. The names included: La Pizzetta, CVS, La Posh, Rite Aid, Serata (which gave two $50 gift certificates); Angelina’s, Joyce Nails, Elegant Hair Salon, Aurora hair salon, La Bonne Boulangerie, Saggio’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and 4-U Nails, when this reporter stopped writing. The list was still being announced as they called out more raffle numbers.

Linda Libertini won the 4-U Nails gift certificate and was delighted since she goes there. Libertini ran the Mar-Lyn beauty salon in Oyster Bay, with her sister Domenica.

News

There is a new psychic medium on the North Shore of Long Island to compete with the original “Long Island Medium,” Theresa Caputo. Her name is Mary Drew and she has been working for more than a decade doing private readings. Recently, Drew has expanded her horizons and has been conducting readings at restaurants, public events and fundraisers.

“I discovered my ability to speak and to hear the deceased voices when I was 10 years old,” said Drew, who grew up in Brookville and now resides in Glen Cove. “The first deceased person I had an encounter with was my grandmother and it was a very profound experience, to say the least.”

The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund and the Oyster Bay Rotary Club hosted the annual Oyster Festival “Kick-Off” press conference on Friday, Aug. 15 at the flagpole in Theodore Roosevelt Park.

In attendance were NY State Senator Carl Marcelino and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, both Honorary Oyster Festival Chairmen; Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr.; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coshignano; Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michelle Johnson; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph Pinto; Oyster Bay Rotary President Judy Wasilchuk; Verizon Title Sponsor Representative, Director of Government Affairs Patrick Lespinasse; Executive Director, h2empower, African Studies Specialist Helen Boxwill; Oyster Festival Sports Representative James Werner; Long Island Rough Riders Representative Sarah Culmo and Emcee Harlan Friedman.

The 31st annual Oyster Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

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.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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