On Saturday, Sept. 3, the Long Island Roller Rebels hosted the second annual Empire Skate Showdown. Roller derby skaters, or “Derby Girls,” from all over the state descended on Skate Safe America in Old Bethpage for the Showdown. While there was plenty of the traditional glitter and fun associated with the sport, the all-day contest to determine the best female roller derby team in New York State for 2011 brought out the kind of physical, aggressive play that football and hockey fans could appreciate.
Week 2 highlights as submitted by league coaches:
Peanut 1: The Cardinals scored two touchdowns against the Patriots: “Action” Jackson Penn had an 80-yard TD run and Christopher Giglio scored on a five-yard run in which he probably covered 30 yards running from sideline to sideline. On defense, Bredan Gigante’s three tackles led the Cardinals.
The St. Kilian team that fell short on their quest for a Spring Championship bounced back to win the 2011 NCT Summer Championship. The St. Kilian Saints came into the championship series as the #2 seed and faced off versus the #1 seed Southshore Express in a best two out of three series.
The Saints behind great pitching from Steve Harris (five innings, one run 9ks) and clutch hitting from Brett Davies, Josh Bradenburg and Harris took game one by a score of 5-3.
Congratulations to Farmingdale endurance athlete Amy Goldstein, who successfully completed the grueling “Labor Pains” 12-Hour Run on the trails of Mount Penn in Reading, Pennsylvania on Sunday, Sept. 4. Goldstein, 51, logged 40 miles over the rugged terrain of Mount Penn.
Individuals who haven’t surfed in years due to spinal cord injuries that left them paralyzed, will be able to get on to surfboards at Long Beach thanks to an organization called Wheels2Water. Dozens of volunteers are needed to help paralyzed surfers out of their wheelchairs and on to specially designed surfboards. The Wheels2Water event takes place starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Lincoln Blvd. in Long Beach. Interested volunteers should contact Anthony Testaverde at (516) 729-1061 or click on Events at www.TestaverdeFund.org.
On Saturday Sept. 24, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will host its Third Annual Friends of the Poor Walk at Bethpage State Park to help Long Islanders in need. Every year the Society hosts a walk to help support its direct aid programs, of which there are 52 facilitated within 49 Long Island communities. Last year, 343 Long Islanders walked for the poor, helping the society raise nearly $80,000 to provide mortgage/rent, utility, food, and other aid to needy families. Despite the economic outlook, they expect the same or better results this year. St. Vincent de Paul serves a vulnerable population including the homeless, elderly, working poor, and anyone who demonstrates a genuine need. Similar walks are held across the nation by other regional councils to celebrate charity and to encourage Americans all across the country to become Friends of the Poor.
On June 6, Farmingdale State College’s Mini-Baja team successfully competed with its first ever off-road vehicle. The students took their vehicle to Illinois for the Society of Automotive Engineers Mini-Baja competition where representatives from various colleges test run their vehicles. Farmingdale State College students presented their dedicated work in a collaborative senior project and placed 89 out of 115 teams.
Congratulations to Farmingdale runners Cristina Diaz and Joan Ackerman on their award-winning performances in the 8th Annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run through the streets of Plainview on Sunday, July 10.
Diaz took third place honors among the women in the 30-34 age group with a time of 25:20, and Ackerman was the second place finisher in the women’s 70-74 age group, crossing the finish line at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School in 35:59.
Congratulations to of Farmingdale runners Ronnie Vichman and Brian Gayron, each of whom won awards at the Sands Point Preserve 5 Kilometer Sprint for the Feinstein Institute on Saturday, Aug. 13. Vichman scored second in the 30-34 age group with a time of 20:01, and Gayron earned second place honors, in the 35-39 age group, with a time of 21:14.
Town Supervisor John Venditto, Councilmen Joseph Muscarella and Anthony Macagnone recently attended the Farmingdale High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Celebration, where their championship poster was unveiled; it will hang at Allen Park, commemorating their win in the NYS Class A Championship. Also on hand were President of Sons of Italy Keith Wilson, Head Coach Bob Hartranft, and Assistant Coaches Mike Hungerford, Mike Perettine and John Campbell, along with the team members of the Farmingdale Dalers.
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