Joe Morris, a 19-year-old Farmingdale speedster, steadily pulled away from defending Sands Point Sprint champion William Slattery of Garden City to score an eight second victory in the Sands Point Sprint for the Feinstein Institute on Saturday, Aug. 14. Morris’s winning time was a race record of 17:14, breaking Jon Cuomo’s race record set in 2007 of 17:21.
What do you get when you cross the NHL with NASCAR and the NHL? Roller Derby is what, and it’s happening right here on Long Island. On Saturday, Sept. 4 the local derby divas, the Long Island Roller Rebels, hosted a tournament at Skate Safe America in Bethpage against seven other teams from across New York State. Hundreds of spectators gathered, arriving often and early to get the coveted rink-side seating for their favorite team’s battle.
Matthew Levine, an 8-year-old Melville resident, met former NBA star Alonzo Mourning on Monday, Aug. 16 during Mourning’s annual charity golf tournament. Matthew has the kidney disease FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis). Mourning had the same disease prior to undergoing a kidney transplant.
The Over the Hill Gang softball league would like to thank everyone who turned out for its recent charity event at Allen Park. More than $20,000 was raised to help purchase a wheel chair accessible van for Jennifer Carman and her family. The evening was a moving example of a community in action with hundreds of people coming together to help one of their own.
The First Annual Polo Match to benefit Saddle Rock Ranch, operated by Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), was held at the Meadowbrook Polo Club in Old Westbury on Saturday, Aug. 7. The National Foundation for Human Potential raised just under $20,000 for the program and operation at Saddle Rock Ranch, and the Squadron A Foundation.
Being a part of any Rotary club is usually associated with charity, and good deeds within the local community as well as on a worldwide scale. Rotarians tirelessly lend their time and service to helping others. One local Farmingdale Rotarian is no exception. Yasuo Usui has been an active member with the Farmingdale and Massapequa Rotary clubs for 20 years this fall. Usui’s local contribution is through an ongoing project that he started three years ago, the Rotary’s Triathlon Project. Each year, Usui participates in the Tobay Triathlon; he chooses a local cause to support through pledges received for his participation in the event. This year, Usui has selected Hope for the Future Ministries in Farmingdale as the beneficiary of his pledges. A building fire financially and emotionally devastated the ministries back in November.
The Farmingdale Xtreme Girls tournament team finished the U7 season by capturing first place at the Rough Riders Independence Cup. The team was undefeated. The coaches are Xtremely proud of the players. They played as a team and all scored at least one goal. A special thanks is extended to the parents for their dedication and support for all the leagues and tournaments throughout the year. Pictured in the front row: Makenna Parisi, Nicole Celeste, Marissa Seyfert, Emily Hunt and Cassandra Kenderback. The back row: Christine Duroseau, Toni-Ann Penna, Jenna Turturro, Zoe Kolodny, Coach Steve Kolodny and Kelysha Petit-Frere.
The Farmingdale High School Wrestling Team and coaches hosted a Wrestling ‘Summer Slam’ Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 7th at the Farmingdale High School. Many of the Farmingdale High School wrestlers have been attending various camps throughout the summer to continue their training; getting ready for the upcoming 2010-2011 wrestling season. The tournament was a great way to show off their new moves. Close to 200 wrestlers from across Long Island, the five boroughs and Westchester attended the tournament. Thanks to all three coaches, who ran the head table, the tournament ran smoothly and effortlessly allowing the majority of the wrestlers to get 3-4 matches. Also on hand were many alumni to help run the event; without them it would not have been a success. In addition the team wishes to thank The Bagel Hut, The Garcia Family, The Schultz Family, The Rosen Family, The Waszkiewicz Family, Charles Cottone, JV Coach Simons and Varsity Coach Weidler for their constant support and generosity. It was a huge success.
Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology got back on the winning track with a 13-7 win over Changing Times Pub. The game was tight until the 8th inning when Marc Fischer and John DeFalco broke it open with a pair of powerful drives to left field. Fischer went for a 2-run homer, while DeFalco legged out a 2-run triple. Pitcher Brian Tinney had a big night at plate with three hits, two of them driving in runs with two outs. Tom Dittmeier, Pete Mendelson and Jerry Mazza also had three hits on the night, while John Hernandez, Karl Dessel, Bino Reverberi and Art O’Neill had two hits each. Defensively, John Hernandez had his usual stellar game at shortstop.
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