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Editorial: On Not Seeing The Forest For The Trees

It’s amazing how events can change your perception of things. That is what happened as a result of Hurricane Sandy closing the local schools which changed this year’s Holiday Sharing Program.

For years we have covered the annual collection of food for the Holiday Sharing program the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at the First Presbyterian Church. The organizers from CSAC (the Community Social Action Committee) of the Interreligious & Human Needs Council of Oyster Bay kept telling us about all the schools that each year contributed to the program, but it never came across how vital that part of the project was.

Without the children in the local schools — all of the schools, public, private and parochial — bringing in canned goods and nonperishable items to the First Presbyterian Church — nothing could happen.

We never saw the forest for the trees. We saw the children arriving and packing the boxes, but we saw adults too, bringing in frozen turkeys and checks, so the true center of the program was blurred.

Now with a clearer view, we can truly say what a wonderful program it is, and that it truly reaches into the heart of the community, while teaching a great lesson to the children.

We received an email from Barbara Rakusin, LCSW, ACSW, Youth And Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich, executive director, reminding us of the continued needs for the Holiday Sharing Program. She wrote, “If you are interested in adopting a family please contact Ingrid Morales at 922-6867 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

“As you may imagine the need is even greater this year.  It is our hope to make the holiday season bright for our neighbors who are most in need.

“Best Wishes to you and your loved ones for a wonderful holiday and a Happy, Healthy New Year,” she concluded.

We add the same heartfelt wishes to everyone in this warm and caring community.

— DFK.

News

“I didn’t know I needed my own Teddy Bear,” said a woman after the first annual Teddy’s Taste of the West dinner and fundraiser at Canterbury Ales on March 19.

Members were given an authentic Teddy Bear as a surprise gift at the end of the evening. As they say, membership has its privileges and that includes a June 11 event when Ken Burns will come to share a preview of his new film on three Roosevelts. Burns’ film explores the political and family ties between President Theodore Roosevelt, President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a Roosevelt in her own right.  

The preliminary 2014-15 school budget was adopted at last Tuesday night’s Oyster Bay-East Norwich school board meeting. The proposed budget, which came in at a figure of $54,578,478, is a 2.01 percent difference from the 2013-14 final budget figure of $53,504,111. With a budget to budget change of $1,074,367, it is the lowest expenditure increase in the last 15 years. No programs were cut as a result of balancing this budget.

“The biggest change in budget numbers is in the area of salaries and wages with a budget to budget increase of $683,428,” said School Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld.


Sports

Muttontown resident and Kellenberg freshman Ceara Ann Conroy has been named an All-League athlete for Girls Winter Track. The title of All-League is awarded to athletes based on a vote of all the coaches in the NSCHSAA League. All of the Girls Winter Track coaches in the league vote based on the athletes performance during the season, and Conroy’s outstanding performance has earned her the title of All League this year.

The Girls Varsity Lacrosse program at Oyster Bay High School is just in its second year and already it is making a difference. Senior defender Danielle Maggi has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Albright College.

Last year Maggi was recognized as the “Most Improved Player,” and this year she is being recruited to play in college.

Maggi said, “We did very well in our first varsity season last year (12-2). This year we are 100 percent going for the conference. I’m excited we finally have a varsity team.”


Calendar

LI Sound Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, April 19

Annual Egg-stravaganza

Saturday, April 19

Palliative Care

Wednesday, April 23 



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