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Last Updated: March 20, 2018
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CP Nassau Polar Plunge
• Loriann Cody
Freezing for a Cause
On Sunday, March 18th, the temperature of the Oyster Bay Harbor water was a balmy 40ºF. That was 2 degrees warmer than the air. At least that’s what the 80 or so swimmers were telling themselves as they braved the cold waters to take part in the 14th annual Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County (CP Nassau) Polar Bear Plunge at Theodore Roosevelt Park in Oyster Bay.
This year’s event was dedicated to the memory of Lenny Ferraro, who founded the event in 2005, but passed away three years later. More than a hundred braved the wind and cool temperature to cheer on the swimmers. At least this year the sun was shining, and there was no snow on the beach. Three years ago, the Town of Oyster Bay had to plow the beach before the event!
Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joe Saladino was on hand, not just as a community representative, but as a swimmer as well. For the second week in a row, Saladino endured the cold water for a great cause. Last weekend was the Town of Oyster Bay Polar Plunge at Tobay Beach on the south shore.
“It’s an honor to be a part of this fun and important event. Town of Oyster Bay residents have a warm heart, and we really need that warmth today. I am proud to join all those who support CP Nassau.” Supervisor Saladino said. Town Councilman Thomas Hand also cheered on the plunge participants.
Polar Bear Committee member Pat Quinn was laughing as the swimmers raced by her to jump into the frigid water. Frank Ozol, another committee member joined in the swimming fun, raising money for CP Nassau and honoring his daughter, who is afflicted with cerebral palsy.
This annual event is both frigid and fun! To donate or for additional information you can call (516) 378-2000 or visit their website: www.cpnassau.org
Huntington Honors Hero
Teacher Scott Beigel
Huntington Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, Linda Beigel Schulman (Scott’s mother), Melissa Zech (Scott’s sister), Michael Schulman (Scott’s father)
The Town of Huntington held a candlelight vigil March 14th at Town Hall for Scott Beigel and victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on the one month anniversary of the tragic event.
Joined by town and county officials, representatives from state and federal officials’ offices, superintendents and students from local schools, the Huntington Town Board unveiled a street dedication to Scott Beigel’s family, who still reside on the street in Dix Hills where Scott and his sister Melissa grew up. “Scott J. Beigel Way” will be dedicated in a resolution at the next Town Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 20th. The family was also presented with an American flag from Congressman Suozzi’s office.
Huntington Town Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci said: “What would be most important to Scott, I think, is to see that his work in the classroom is continued, that someone else has picked up his message that education is vital, children are key to our success and our future, and that to do good is most important of all.”
Scott Beigel gave his life protecting his students during the shooting on February 14th. Mr. Beigel was born and raised in Dix Hills, where his parents, Linda Beigel-Schulman and Michael Schulman, still live.
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