The hills of Oyster Bay are once again calling out to the local running and walking community. The date is Saturday, Oct. 17, and the Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor’s Oyster Festival 5 Kilometer Run will be headquartered at the Town’s Community Center in Townsend Square.
The run will start on South Street (in front of the Firehouse) and the runners will make a left turn and on to (and up!) Berry Hill Road, make another left at the top of Berry Hill onto (and down!) Sandy Hill Road, turn left again onto East Main Street, and make a final left turn to the exciting finish at Townsend Square. This is the fourth year that this venerable event will be utilizing this unique course that shows off the scenic beauties of Oyster Bay at their best!
Sagamore Yacht Club held its annual junior snapper derby on Saturday morning, Sept. 12. This event is open to children, grandchildren and other relatives of members of SYC. In spite of the rainy weather, children arrived [ with parents] ready and eager to catch fish.
“Built on the former basketball court, it is seen as a better utilization of the clubhouse’s space, as it addresses another aspect of child development,” said Lori Wood, Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich assistant executive director.
Notwithstanding some very precarious weather forecasts for the weekend of Aug. 29 and 30, Hurricane Danny turned out not to have the impact that everyone feared, and more than 1500 athletes, ranging in age from 8 to 80, participated in the 22nd annual Runner’s Edge-Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, Tri-Relay and Junior Triathlon, and there were no end of smiling faces at the finish line.
Sagamore Yacht Club sponsors a racing program every Wednesday evening in Oyster Bay. These races are open to any sailboat owners who may be interested in racing their boat in a casual environment. And, it is not necessary to belong to Sagamore Yacht Club to race.
Jeff Maimone of Bayville said, “The water was clean and the day was beautiful for a swim. And it’s a great cause and a way to help them continue their work in Nassau. I hope more people come out next year to support the Red Cross. And why not pay the extra registration fee for a loved one and get inspiration from them as you swim. And it helps the Red Cross also.” He swam again with two ID bracelets, one for himself and one for his mother, the late Renata Maimone, with whom he regularly swam in the event.
The Heckscher Museum of Art held its second annual Heckscher Museum Golf Classic on Monday, July 13, at the Huntington Country Club. The proceeds from this event will go towards the Museum’s educational programs, helping the Museum continue its mission of “inspiring in all people a life-long appreciation of the visual arts” and of serving the Long Island community with creativity, spirit and innovation.
Congratulations to veteran Oyster Bay runner Joanne Gallo, who scored 2nd in the highly competitive women’s 60-64 age group in the Sands Point Preserve Sprint for the Feinstein Institute, held on the grounds of the Sands Point preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 15. A total of 350 runners successfully completed the 5 Kilometer (3.107 Miles) course.
Nicole Bielawski, who graduated last month from Friends Academy in Locust Valley, will represent the United States in the International Rowing Association World Rowing Junior Championships on Aug. 5-8 in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France. Ms. Bielawski, who competes in the single sculls event, earned the honor by winning the recent U.S. Junior World Championships Trials on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, NJ.
She is undefeated over the past year, and has won gold medals in such prestigious regattas as the Head of the Charles in Boston in the fall of 2008 and the Long Island Scholastic Rowing Championships, held in Bayville this past spring. Ms. Bielawski will row for Princeton University.
Abraham Bernstein, a 1956 graduate of Oyster Bay High School, and a longtime resident of Oyster Bay who presently makes his home in Manhasset, was one of 50 New York State track and field champions who participated in the National Senior Games, held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California during the week of Aug. 3 through 9.
Abe placed third in the 70-74 Age Group in both the 400 meters and the 800 meters, with all three top finishers in the 800 Meters breaking the previous National Senior Games record. Abe also anchored the New York State 4 x 100 Meter Relay team to a 70-74 Age Group Gold Medal.
Abe is a member of the Greater Long Island Running Club and the Long Island Association of USA Track & Field.
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