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Hardwood Winners

St. Anne’s 4th graders

sweep OLV

basketball tourney

While most kids have fun during Christmas break, some St. Anne’s Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) 4th graders managed to have fun and put a trophy under the tree at the same time.

The St. Anne’s 4th grade boys CYO basketball team went undefeated to claim the championship in the Our Lady of Victory Christmas Basketball Tournament, held in Floral Park. The OLV tournament, which ran from Dec. 21-Dec. 29, featured some of the better CYO teams from across the region. Following wins over Notre Dame and Corpus Christi, the St. Anne’s boys captured the title with a victory over St. Rose in the championship game. Throughout the tournament, the boys displayed an unselfish attitude, some hard-nosed defense, and a relentless desire to win.

Each player contributed to the team’s run to the title. Michael Giammona had some terrific passes, routinely finding the open man. Danny Macchiarola played tough on both ends of the floor, scoring and defending. Brendan Staub was unstoppable in the paint. Charlie Schmatz consistently locked down his man on defense. Mikey Mangione was a master at drawing fouls and getting to the line. Jack Barker dribbled and drove the lane like a pro. Joey and Kyle Wood were honored as co-MVPs of the tournament for their outstanding overall play, while Connor Brock and Jack Schmatz were both named to the All-Tournament.

News

On March 29, women were invited to attend the second annual Women’s Symposium, Education to Entertainment: A Morning of Learning, Listening and Laughter, sponsored by the Floral Park Lions Club in collaboration with District 20k2. Through the generosity of the Sewanhaka Central High School District and Floral Park Memorial High School principal Dr. Kathleen Sottile and staff, the school hosted the event for the second year.

Women’s positions and responsibilities are constantly changing and there is an ongoing necessity to provide women with a forum by which to address these and other demands. The symposium concentrated on many current issues in 16 diversified and enlightening workshops.

The Sewanhaka Central High School District School Board adopted the 2014-15 proposed budget last week. The proposed budget total for the 2014-15 school year is $175.3 million, a budget increase of $3.52 million from last year. The tax levy increase is set at 2.1 percent. The budget vote will take place on May 20.

The current projection for state aid in 2014-15 is $29.2 million in the state legislative budget, a slight increase from last year ($27.8 million).

“There was a budget-to-budget state aid increase of 5.2 percent,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said.


Calendar

Floral Park Little League Parade and Baseball Fest 2014

Saturday, April 26

Craft Fair and Flea Market

Saturday, April 26

Floral Park Fire Department Open House

Sunday, April 27



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