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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

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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