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Turkey Trot/Chicken Run Invitation

Annual Matthew Fetzer Foundation benefit run on November 10

The Oyster Festival reaches into the community and helps many people as they work to help others. The family of Ann and Bill Fetzer of Bayville continue to honor their son Matthew, who lost his battle with cancer on April 7, 2005, at age 10. Their nonprofit group worked to fund the Matthew Fetzer Foundation at the Oyster Festival. The MFF supports children with cancer and has an annual toy drive for children in the hospital.

“Matthew’s Lobster Booth was voted third best food at this year’s Oyster Festival’s Best of the Food Court Contest,” said Ann Fetzer.

She said, “Thank you to everyone that worked at Matthew’s Lobster Booth, we had such a great time. Thank you to everyone that came and supported us, also. It was great to see so many people coming back year after year. We have had the same man on both Saturday and Sunday be our first customer for several years now.

“Matthew’s Lobster Booth is such a great way to raise money in honor of Matthew, and we truly thank everyone involved with making it a success from the bottom of our hearts.”

She added, “We are always getting asked ‘What do you need ?’ We always say we’ll let you know. Well here it is.

“We need everyone and your friends to sign up to run in Matthew’s Turkey Trot/Chicken Run on Nov. 10.

“We need sponsors for the race. Your name or your business’ name will be put on the back of the T-shirts we are giving to the runners. Contact us and we will send you the sponsor form.

“We need gift cards, some to raffle off and some to give to the families in the hospitals. You can get them anywhere, even at the grocery check out counter.

“We need new toys to bring to the hospital.”

She added, “All the money raised goes to Children with Cancer. Thank you for your support.”

5th Annual Turkey Trot/Chicken Run

Matthew’s Turkey Trot 5 Km (fee $25) begins at 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 10. It is preceded by the Chicken Run (free), that is a 1 Km race that starts at 9 a.m. held on West Harbor Beach, Bayville. It is a benefit for the  Matthew Fetzer Holiday Toy Drive & Foundation, for kids with cancer.

Ms. Fetzer added, “We’ll have T-shirts for the first 200 runners to register. There will be awards given out, refreshments and giveaways, post race. Please come out and have some fun at a great race and help kids with cancer.”

You can pre-register for the Turkey Trot /Chicken Run on the Village of Bayville website, bayvilleny.gov or call 628-1439.

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.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”

An expert’s tips on bringing the

best of your garden into your home

Right now, Oyster Bay is in bloom. From the well-tended gardens of Planting Fields to unmowed patches near the Shu Swamp preserve, flowers are not just beautify our community, they also are calling out to us to bring them inside our homes to add color and fragrance. You don’t hear them? Trust me, the flowers in your garden are even calling you by name.

But don’t just stuff a bouquet in a vase. Make them look as good and last as long as possible. To find out how to do that, as well as how to improve your backyard flora, I asked Scott Lucas, the greenhouse supervisor of Old Westbury Gardens for some advice. He invited to join him in his cutting garden.


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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