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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

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.

Oyster Bay celebrated National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5 by incorporating the event with the weekly Cruise Night. Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) attended the annual event, to honor and thank the local police department for their outstanding commitment to the community and its safety.

The Second Precinct was well represented at the Tuesday evening Cruise Night on Audrey Avenue in Oyster Bay. In addition to an antique police car, there were two policemen and two police explorers.


Sports

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.

Sailing fans from Oyster Bay are invited to the 32nd Knickerbocker Cup, or K-Cup, Race, hosted by Port Washington’s Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, which will include three of the top-10 world-ranked match racing skippers.

The racing competition will be preceded by an opening ceremony and welcome cocktail party, followed by an All-American BBQ Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



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