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TOBAY Notebook: Ice Rinks Open

Town ice skating rinks open Nov. 25.

For Town of Oyster Bay residents, the outdoor ice skating season will start the day after Thanksgiving, at the Marjorie R. Post (Massapequa) and Syosset-Woodbury Community Park ice rinks.

 “The 2011-2012 outdoor ice skating season will run through the end of February 2012, weather permitting,” said councilman Joseph Muscarella. “Town residents can, once again, enjoy this popular winter sport at prices that make it a great value for your recreation dollar.”

General admission for TOBAY residents for two-hour public skating sessions at both rinks will be $2 for ages two to four, $4 for ages five through 17, $5 for ages 18 and older, and $2 for senior citizens 60 and older and town volunteer firefighters and auxiliary police with identification.

For non-town residents, the general admission will be $2 for ages two to four, $7 for ages five to 17, $8 for ages 18 and older, and $4 for seniors. Both Oyster Bay town resident and non-town resident children under two will be admitted free.

Special discount books consisting of 10 tickets will be available. A discount book for ages five to 17 years will be $30 for Oyster Bay Town residents and $55 for non-town residents. A book for ages 18 and older will be $35. for Oyster Bay residents and $65 for non-Town residents.

Ice rinks may also be rented by resident groups. Requests for group charters can be scheduled by calling the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center at 516-433-7465 ext. 206. The skate shop will be open during all public sessions for renting skates at $3 per pair per session. Discount books for skate rentals will be available for $25.

“Opening day also gives everyone a chance to burn off some of those extra calories consumed on Thanksgiving," Muscarella said. "So, if you’re looking for some great family entertainment that provides fun and outdoor exercise, break out of your hibernation, take a spin at the Syosset-Woodbury or Marjorie R. Post Community Park ice rink and enjoy the quintessential winter experience of outdoor ice skating.”  

For those who would prefer to do their ice skating indoors, the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center, located at Bethpage Community Park, is open year round. For information on that facility, call the rink at 516-433-RINK (7465).

Supervisor: Think Before You Drink this Holiday

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto issued his annual appeal for residents to stop and think before they drink and then drive this holiday season.

“Unfortunately, the round of celebrations with family and friends, which are so much a part of the holidays, sometimes leads party-goers to overindulge in alcohol,” Venditto said. “While many people have a heightened awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving, with Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s just around the corner, a timely reminder about the responsibilities of the party-goer, as well as the party-giver, might just make someone think twice."

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