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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.

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Long Island communities are waging a war against prescription drug abuse and a rampant heroin epidemic. The county launched a free public training program in 2012 to teach ordinary citizens the signs of an overdose and how to reverse its effects using a drug called Narcan.

Garden City High School hosted one of these training events on Oct. 9 as a packed auditorium of parents and community members gathered to learn the skills needed to potentially save a life. Floral Park will host the event in December.

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.


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