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Oyster Bay Fencing Team ‘Unstoppable’

In recent years, the Oyster Bay Fencing Team has been almost unstoppable. The boys brought championships home to Oyster Bay in 2011 and 2012.

Over the years many individual fencers have been singled out for honors. This year is no exception.  Every year, the players throughout the league vote for one fencer that they would want to have on their team. The winner is awarded the Fencers’ Fencer Award. In the past six years, the Fencers’ Fencer has been from Oyster Bay. In 2008 the award went to Gabby Kaplan. In 2010 Courtney Collins was the recipient. In 2011, the honor went to LeeAnne Dillmann followed in 2012 by Jillian Murray.  This year Joann Alerte was selected as the Fencers’ Fencer.

Nicholas LaRosa and Joann Alerte were just named All-Long Island. The boys and girls teams can claim a total of 10 fencers that have earned All-County distinction.

They are Nick LaRosa chosen for the first team foil and ranked number one, Matt Mahoski chosen for the first team saber and ranked number four, Jason Halpern on the second team epee and ranked number six, Anant Mehrotra chosen for the second team saber and ranked number eight, and Berkely Golon on the second team foil and ranked number eight.

From the girls team, the All-County fencers include Joann Alerte on the first team foil and ranked number two, Laura Broffman chosen for the second team saber and ranked number five, Nina Policano on the second team epee and ranked number seven, Grey Warwick-Clark chosen for the second team epee and ranked number eight, and Silvana Fazzalari, who was Honorable Mention on foil and ranked number ten.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the boy’s entered the semi-finals of the County Championships where they faced Massapequa. The Baymen won by a score of 14–3.  Jason Halpern sealed the deal with a 5-2 win to end the match.

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, Oyster Bay will host the Underclassmen Tournament open to ninth- and 10th-grade fencers. The tournament will be held at the James H. Vernon School at 4:30 p.m.

News

This holiday season, Oyster Bay will once again be home to unique, homemade, scrumptious confections from The Chocolate Lady, in the form of a mobile chocolate boutique set up at Buckingham Variety Store on Audrey Avenue. She arrived on Sunday and plans on staying throughout the holidays, and possibly longer.

“I have been developing this concept for the last year and a half and am excited to be coming home to Oyster Bay for this year’s holiday launch,” says Lee Perrotta, aka The Chocolate Lady, who had her shop across the street from Buckingham’s for about five years before she was forced to shut her doors on Christmas Eve in 2012 due to excessive water damage at the rental space.

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.


Sports

Long Island Lutheran High School senior Samantha Horton of Oyster Bay signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Siena College and compete on the Girls Division I Lacrosse Team in the goaltender position next year. Samantha will be receiving a full athletic scholarship. Horton is pictured with her family.

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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