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Viscardi Sports Night A Knockout

The 47th annual Celebrity Sports Night at The Viscardi Center in Albertson was held on May 16 to raise funds for educational programs serving children, adolescents and adults with disabilities. The event featured several notable individuals such as former NFL stars Joe Namath and Joe Theismann—both Super Bowl Champions—as well as former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Mick Foley.

The event was attended by more than 600 guests, including 35 athletes and celebrities.

“For 47 years we have been privileged to have sports legends and personalities attend this event, with many returning year after year,” said John D. Kemp, President and CEO of The Viscardi Center. “Once they come and see the children and adults with disabilities for themselves, they are forever touched in a way they might not have initially expected.”

Joe Theismann received the Roy Campanella Award. “Nothing will ever mean more to me than the honor that you bestow on me tonight—because of these young men and young women.” He added, “Tonight has been an eye-opener for me… These young men and young women at this school here are the true heroes .”

The students were able to meet the athletes and got autographs from players such as Mookie Wilson, Bud Harrelson, Bobby Nystrom and Sean Landeta.

The event’s live auction included seats for 15 in the Mets’ owner’s luxury suite at Citi Field and tickets to the 2014 NCAA Final Four. Next year’s event is scheduled for May 15, 2014.

News

There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.

Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



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