FHS Valedictorian, Salutatorian Lead Class of 2005
The Nassau County Council of School Superintendents honored the valedictorians and salutatorians from 55 Nassau County high schools at the annual Academic Honors Breakfast on June 3.
RAC Tables Taxiway Widening Resolution
At their June 14 meeting the Republic Airport Commission, led by Chairman Frank Nocerino, decided to table the airport's taxiway relocation resolution until Aug. 9, in order to allow more time for residents to become educated about the project.
Over the Hill Softball Report
Now with the first half of the season complete, it is obvious that the hot teams this year are Hampton Air, Barco and Synergy on. Last year it was Singletons that steamrolled through the season before finally losing a game, this year it's Synergy, as they posted their 8th straight victory without a loss. In their game against Built More Builders, Synergy was unable to pull away and get a comfortable lead as BNB played them tough before finally succumbing. Synergy's Bob Joyce was steady on the mound and had offensive support from Joe Lutz (5-5) and rookie Bob Huebner, who added 3 hits. Bruce Coonan keeps showing the young guys that swinging a softball bat and a golf club can be mixed as he came up with 4 hits as well. BNB drops to 4-4 with the loss. Hampton Air East continues to hold the lead in the National League with a 6-2 record, which now is only a one game lead over Changing Times who improved to 5-3 with their win over a struggling Singleton's (2-6) team. Granny O'Sheas and Hampton Air really had a barn burner as Granny's ended Hampton Air's 5 game winning streak. Granny's started off the first inning with 3 runs led by Walter Hasemann's triple and Robbie Kirk's two run homer but Hampton Air came storming back with eight runs in the bottom half including two HRs over the R/C field fence. By the 5th inning Granny's was facing a 10-4 deficit, and needed a big inning which was started by Bob Thompson's single, which also kept his hitting streak alive at 6-6. During the inning Mike Hadnagy had a FC RBI which Jay Donovan followed with an RBI single, but the key RBI hits came with 2 outs by Mitch Maghakian, Mickey Newbeck, Brian Mulcahy and Bob Myers to give O'Sheas a 7-run inning. Now with the score 11-10 Granny's, they never looked back. It seemed like two-out rallies would be the norm for the evening. In the 6th for Granny's, 3 out of 4 runs were knocked in with two outs, led by Mike H's 2-run double, and the 7th found the top of the order come alive as Bruce Kubart, Walter H, and Robbie K all had 2- out run producing singles. All told Granny's staged an exciting comeback and scored 11 of their 21 runs facing the pressure of 2 outs and they needed every run as Hampton Air scored 3 more in their final at bat making the final score 21-18 in favor of Granny O'Sheas. Showing signs of a revival, Bethpage PT came from behind to head-off Bar Boy, 12-6. After dropping their last 4 decisions, Bethpage looked to get off to a quick start, which they did, scoring two quick runs in the 1st on four straight hits by John Cernuto, Mike Anzalone, Mike Muscara and Mike Kochen (yep 3 Mikes!). As quickly as Bethpage scored in the 1st, Bar Boy tied it with a deuce of their own. Bethpage re-took the lead at 4-2 on a double by Bob Concessi, a RBI single by Frank Aimetti and two straight hits by Manny Asta and John Cernuto. As the see-saw game continued, Bar Boy erupted for 4 runs in the 3rd to take a 6-4 lead, but Bethpage stayed close with a solo run in their half on Jack Brosnan's 2-out triple and John Leone's clutch RBI hit. Bethpage took command of the game in the 4th scoring 4 more times, 3 coming on consecutive hits by Bob Concessi, Frank Aimetti and Manny Asta as the bottom of the Bethpage order kept doing damage to Bar Boy, with Cernuto's hit making it 9-6. It stayed close through the ensuing innings as neither team could muster a rally but PT got one in the 7th to make it 10-6. In the 8th, Jim "Final Tour" Reilly's booming double threatened to put Bar Boy on the scoreboard again but they were thwarted. Bethpage took a 12-6 lead in the bottom of the inning with "Pops" Shellhorn starting it with a single and Rick Bugeia's double the big hits. PT is now 3-5 as Bar Boy falls to 0-8. On the American League side, Mers improved to 5-3, good for 3rd place, with a 16-11 win over Moby, who fell to 2-6. Kevin Brosnan led the team offensively with a 5-5 4 RBI night while Joe Fanning added 4 RBIs on a 3-4 plate appearance. George Cohan, Tom Fitzpatrick, and rookie Tom Brusca all went 4-5 with 3, 1, and 2 RBIs respectively along with Ed Healy, Tom Vella, and Bill Sutherland going 2-4. Again having another solid, consistent year, the Barco Boys (7-1) kept pace with Synergy with a 25-6 win over M&T. Barco started off with 6 in the 1st with the big blows being Kevin Moloney's 2-RBI double and Dave Saur's 2 run HR. M&T responded with 3 of their own but Barco kept on hitting as they posted another 3 in the 2nd on 2 out hits by Gary Jambor, Steve Jacobson and Terry McPartland. The 3rd brought another 4 as Bill White, Dave Saur, Bill Stack and Rick Pedone had the RBI hits, increasing their lead to 13-4. Another 8 was scored by Barco in the 4th with the big hits being Bill White's 2-RBI double and Dennis Ryan smoked 2-run HR. Not to be out done, Kevin "Chester" Moloney finished out the scoring with a monster 3-run HR in the 6th. That's one way not to need a pinch runner huh Kevin, just don't stop. There was a question repeatedly posed from the Barco dugout, "Gary who?", as Tom Burke came in and pitched 3 shutout innings. It was nice that you finally woke up "Ace".
Pat LaFontaine Introduces Inaugural Main Street Mile in Farmingdale
Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine will be at The Runners Edge in Farmingdale on Monday, June 27 at 11 a.m. to announce plans for the Main Street Mile, a road race that will be held in Farmingdale on Saturday, Sept. 3. The Companions in Courage Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by LaFontaine, will be the primary beneficiary of this event. Proceeds will go toward the building of digital playrooms in local children's hospitals.
From the Desk of Mayor George J. Graf
Republic Airport Update