Written by Michael Florio, email@example.com Friday, 14 February 2014 09:47
The Sewanhaka Indians boys basketball team does not only count on Carlos Bodden to lead them in scoring, but also to lead them on and off the court.
This is evident as Bodden, the teams starting small forward, is only a junior but is already a team captains.
“He really is a role model for us on the court, specifically with how hard he plays,” said Indians head coach Jason Allen. “He sets a great example around school, he’s a great kid.”Bodden ranks 14th in Nassau County, averaging 18.1 points-per-game. Both Bodden and Allen still see ways he can improve, which should only scare teams in the Indians conference even more.
“He can be more consistent with his free throws,” says Allen. “He can improve upon his range too. But fortunately for us he is so good in the post, close to the basket that we keep him down there a lot. He does have outside skills and is good in transition too.”
Not only did Bodden play on the varsity squad as a sophomore, he also started. Bodden believes this is an area he can improve on as well.
“I’m going to work on my shot in the offseason and try to expand my range,” he said.
Bodden began playing basketball in the fifth grade. When he was younger, he was bigger then all the other kids and now standing at 6-foot-3, he has had to make the transition to being a small forward.
This is a move he may have to continue to work on, as he inspires to play at a higher level.
“After the season I’m going to be in the gym trying to get better for next season,” Bodden says.
His coach certainly believes he can.
“He has the right kind of work ethic and charisma. He’s got good size and is one of those players I believe can play at a higher level,” said Allen.
For now Bodden is all in on the Indians as they make a push towards the postseason.
“My goal for the rest of the season is to make the playoffs, which we are more then capable of doing,” he said.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, residents and community members joined with the Floral Park American Legion to honor veterans at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremonies at Memorial Park, following a march down Tulip Avenue to the park with the members of the veterans of the Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts from Troops 482 and 678 and local officials.
During the ceremony, a plaque was dedicated in memory of General Kazimierz Pulaski and others of Polish heritage who have served in the U.S. military. The plaque dedication was led by members of the Polish American Congress, Long Island Division, President Grzegorz Worma and Honorary President Richard Brzozowski. An invocation was delivered by Father Peter Rozek of St. Hedwig Church, followed by a POW-MIA ceremony by Post 334 Vice Commander Matthew Cacciatore.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
While parking around Long Island Rail Road train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.
“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”