With the Internet and video games keeping more and more children inside and sedentary, the physical education team at the James H. Vernon School has been proactive in promoting fitness above and beyond the requisite gym classes.
This year the Vernon physical education teachers Jennifer Doxsee, Tom Neary and Keven Degnan brought an international program called the Mileage Club for third and fourth-graders to Vernon. The Mileage Club is a voluntary lunch time program that gets children to walk on the playground several times a week. Each child gets a mileage marker card that is checked each time a student completes a lap. For every mile completed the child will receive a “toe token” that can be put on a shoe lace or worn on a chain. A “5-mile charm” is given to commemorate that milestone. Almost the entire third and fourth-grade classes have already earned at least a one-mile token so far.
The 2012 Blue Ribbon 5K Run for Prostate Cancer, which had been scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 18, has been postponed until Sunday, Dec. 9, and has been moved to a new location, Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, 7800 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury.
“It is never an easy task to have to postpone an event, not to mention having to move it to a different location,” observed Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) Chief Administrative Officer Linda Ottaviano. “Fortunately, with the enthusiastic cooperation of Town Supervisor Venditto and the Town of Oyster Bay Parks Department, we have been able to reschedule the event and relocate it to the scenic grounds of Syosset-Woodbury Community Park,” added Rhonda Samuel, Executive Director of Integrated Medical Foundation (IMF), who hosts the event.
The Oyster Bay Cross Country team ran at the Suffolk Officials Invitational at Sunken Meadow Park on Oct. 13. While Oyster Bay High School senior Teddy Hamlin improved by nearly two minutes from last year’s time (placing 12th in the Varsity race, and earning a medal), it was the freshman runners who were most impressive.
The team was able to win by a tie-breaker against Great Neck South. Both teams had scored 57 points, but the Baymen’s sixth runner, Michael Bizzoso scored in front of Great Neck’s sixth man to secure first place. Comsewogue placed third, while Sachem North (79 points) and Huntington (88 points) placed fourth and fifth.
The Oyster Festival reaches into the community and helps many people as they work to help others. The family of Ann and Bill Fetzer of Bayville continue to honor their son Matthew, who lost his battle with cancer on April 7, 2005, at age 10. Their nonprofit group worked to fund the Matthew Fetzer Foundation at the Oyster Festival. The MFF supports children with cancer and has an annual toy drive for children in the hospital.
“Matthew’s Lobster Booth was voted third best food at this year’s Oyster Festival’s Best of the Food Court Contest,” said Ann Fetzer.
Seventeen seconds separated winner of 2012 Oyster Bay Supervisor’s 5K run, 24-year old Conor Shelley of Rockville Centre from a pack of six other top competitors to repeat as the top finisher on Oct. 13. The event was the opener for the Oyster Festival. Conor scored in 15:16 as the top seven finishers crossed the finish line in the Townsend Square parking lot within 17 seconds of each other.
Top honors in the women’s division went to 27-year old Jodie Robertson in 17:16, holding off runner-up Karen Roa of Port Jefferson by six seconds. Evidencing the overall strength of the field, the first 16 finishers broke the 18-minute mark on what is not an easy course, and 38 finishers broke the magic 20-minute mark. A total of 634 runners and walkers finished the event, 50 more than in 2011.
Oyster Bay’s U-10 Boys soccer team took second place in the Northport Cow Harbor Columbus Day Tournament.
Most recently the boys beat Jericho 5-4 in a grueling but well fought match.
The long weekend of September 20-23 was certainly an arduous one for members of Atlantic Steamer Fire Company’s (ASFC) Dive/ Water Rescue Team. Six divers earned certification as Public Safety Diver (PSD). PSD is a basic certification needed for rescue diving within a public safety (in this case, fire department) dive team.
The training took place at beaches in Oyster Bay and Glen Cove and at the Atlantic Steamer Marine Facility at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. Danny Rivera and Chris Zino are in charge of diver training for the fire company. Both are master scuba diver trainers and PSD instructors.
The Saint Dominic C.Y.O. Soccer program hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness Day at the beautiful playing fields on Sunday, Sept. 30. This event, the first of its kind for the C.Y.O., was a rousing success, with over $600 raised while garnering a tremendous response from both the local community and from the visiting opponents from Holy Spirit parish and Sacred Heart parish.
With the families of the Lady Bayhawk soccer players supplying delicious baked goods, crafts made by the players, and pink ribbon sweatbands and armbands, the occasion was a chance for not only the Saint Dominic C.Y.O. family to recognize those in our area affected by breast cancer, but to celebrate those survivors and their loved ones who have shown such bravery and resiliency.
Falcons United and Garden City Devils played to a 2-2 draw in sloppy conditions at Locust Valley High School on Saturday, Sept. 29. In an end to end game with many missed chances on each end, both teams are probably dissatisfied with the result.
Mark Salas put United ahead early with a calm finish following some nifty passing in the build up. This marked the third time in four games that United has struck first. But the lead did not make it to halftime, and the boys found themselves trailing midway thru the second half.
The Huntington-Oyster Bay Chapter of the National Audubon Society (HOBAS) will be hosting their first Walk/Run for Wildlife and Conservation on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Planting Fields Arboretum, with all proceeds benefiting the chapter’s conservation fund.
This event, for those willing to walk, run or do a combination of both, is designed to raise money for the chapter’s important conservation initiatives such as habitat restoration efforts, wildlife research projects, and conservation advocacy. “Participating in this fun-filled morning, with other like-minded folks, is a great way to help the wildlife and our environment on a local and regional level,” said Stella Miller, chapter president.
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