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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

Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Krista Longobardi and Meaghan Smith, both students at Floral Park Memorial High School, for individually earning their Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scouts Organization. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue, or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.

Longobardi’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, Pick Your Pet, teaches children ages 5-12 the benefits of owning a pet. She was able to educate her community on the adoption process, the best pet for your household, and how adoption can save an animal’s life. Longobardi’s love of animals made it easy to spread knowledge on this topic. She improved her communication and public speaking skills as a result of her project since she spoke in front of her community leaders and peers.

Saint Mary’s High School will host the 22nd Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Plandome Country Club. Following the golf outing, a dinner reception will take place where Tom Raleigh, of Floral Park, will be honored with the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

Raleigh has deep connections to St. Mary’s High School and the Manhasset community. Four of Raleigh’s five children went to St. Mary’s: Tom, Jr. ’88, Brian, ’91, Katie ’93, Kevin ’95. Raleigh has been a loyal St. Mary’s advocate both as a past parent and former coach.  


Calendar

Town of Hempstead Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 2

Floral Park Senior Citizens’ Picnic

Tuesday, September 2

Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees To Meet

Tuesday, September 2



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