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Annual Basketball Tourney Huge Success

The Third Annual Tom Hayden Our Lady of Victory (OLV) 3-on-3 Tournament, held on Saturday, March 15, was a huge success. Eighteen teams and an army of spectators filled the OLV School gym to pay tribute to the event’s two honorees.  

The first honoree, George Rettinger, spoke fondly about his years volunteering for the OLV Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) program and lovingly thanked his extended family, many of whom attended. He also spoke of how proud and honored he was to have volunteered alongside the event’s other honoree, Joe Power, who passed away several years ago.  

Power’s daughter, Annie Power, representing a large turnout of the Power family, spoke beautifully about her father’s dedication to the OLV CYO program and his impact on the youth of Floral Park, many of whom attended the event to honor his memory.  

Doug Hayden highlighted the amazing example both men set — for so many years and for so many players. He acknowledged, “Behind every great man is a great woman,” and presented Joan Rettinger and Alice Power with bouquets of flowers.  

Willie Dersch, a product of the OLV CYO program, All-American player at Holy Cross High School and successful player for UVA, credited both honorees for playing an important role in his success, both on and off the court. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Our Lady of Victory School technology program.

The school extends its heartfelt thanks to all who participated, supported and helped plan the event. Special thanks go to the Rettinger family, the Power family, the Hayden family, event sponsors McCarthy’s Ale House and the Hance Family Foundation, as well as the organizer of the event, Chris Coyne and his committee. Generous raffle prizes donated by NOVUS Prime Properties, Archbishop Molloy High School, Kellenberg Memorial High School, Park Place Restaurant and Ray Nash were appreciated.

News

On June 6, 1944, the Americans and the Allies stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, with 150,000 soldiers, 5,000 ships, and 11,000 aircraft in a titanic battle to breach Hitler’s fortified Atlantic Wall. Operation Overlord was the largest invasion in world history; the forces of democracy and freedom were in a fight to the finish against powerful totalitarian regimes and their ideologies. The invasion drew upon all the physical, spiritual, material, and human resources of our great nation. Brave, young Americans overcame daunting odds as they fought their way across Utah and Omaha beaches. These boys, doing the deeds of men, that day changed the course of history.

At the intersection of Carnation and Tulip avenues, passersby might have noticed the erected scaffolding attached to Centennial Hall. According to village officials the building, because of its age and its need for some repair and maintenance, is being examined and evaluated. The monumental columns, that support the front of the building, are deteriorating.

The building was sold by the Freemasons organization to the village more than 10 years ago. It presently serves as the Floral Park Historical Society Museum, a community meeting place, and storage. It has been used as a donation collection site for the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior’s annual event and as the Friends of the Library annual book sale.

The inspection is in progress. The village plans to have more information available as the results are reported.


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