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The Coming Of Summer At The Life Enrichment Center

This summer our focus is to encourage the community to take full advantage of the center’s day and evening programs to help improve their brain and body fitness.

Fitness For The Brain: “Gray Matters” Brain Conference

The “Gray Matters” Brain Conference, hosted by the Glen Cove Senior Center began with the announcement of alarming statistics: one of every two individuals will develop some form of dementia by the age of 85. Fortunately, the presentations made by a panel of notable professionals gave encouraging information explaining the brain’s ability to reverse or delay some of the damage caused by the disease.

The conference was part of the Glen Cove S.A.G.E. Foundation’s “Campaign Against Dementia.” The foundation’s approach to introduce preventive programming for dementia included a grant to the Glen Cove Senior Center to create a comprehensive eight week “Brain Fitness” program to be offered in their center and shared with centers across Nassau County.

Each presentation touched upon the science of brain health. The overwhelming message: a healthy lifestyle which includes physical fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, and mental stimulation can increase your chances of delaying or reversing some of the affects of dementia.

Exercise your body, eat right, get plenty of sleep and enrich your life through education and cultural activities and you will be on your way to keeping your brain fit!

The center offers a wide-array of activities to include in your ‘brain and body fitness’ programs this summer. In addition to our roster of great day and evening fitness classes, we are now offering an aerobic Tai Chi class on Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m. and a Dancercise class on Thursday evenings. Everyone is encouraged to exercise your brain and body by including a fitness program into your life! Check our June calendar for a complete list of fitness programs, our upcoming events, and life-enriching activities throughout the month.

Our goal for this summer — Have fun, be fit, stay connected and enjoy our programs! Welcome summer!

Silvana LaFerlita Gullo is the Executive Director of the Life Enrichment Center.

News

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com