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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

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.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


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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