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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

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

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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