Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00
For hundreds of youngsters, the official start of the Floral Park Recreation Center’s 2014 Summer Season began in a glorious fashion on Monday, June 30. Under the direction of eight sports counselors, young ladies had a wonderful time creating new routines and cheers during the week long cheerleading camp. While girls were shouting out with joy, over 140 boys participated in four divisions as part of the two week basketball camps.
Sixteen games are played daily from Monday through Thursday. A specialized program, combining instruction, half court and full court play was designed for fourth graders.
The outstanding fourth grade players for Week 1 were Daniel O’Hara, Jack Young, Magnus Monroe and Matt Connolly. During that same time slot, fifth and sixth graders play in the higher level college league. College players of the week were Thomas Steck, Brendan Ferguson and Matt Rettinger.
At 10 a.m., 7th through 11th-grade boys play in their own leagues.
Once again, a separate league (World Division) was designed for seventh graders and the more advanced players had a great time in the NBA league. Top players in the World League are Emmett Lally and Stephen Sommo and stars in the NBA are Nick Bonomo and Steve “The Birdman” Tursi. The first Championship Thursday of the summer is set for July 10. Parents are invited to attend the finals of the four divisions with high school and college games at 9:20 a.m. and World and NBA set for 10:50 a.m.
One of the traditions of the Floral Park Recreation’s summer programs is the selection of a Camper of the Week. The camper is selected by the eight sports counselors and is cited for outstanding sportsmanship and cooperation with fellow campers.
The Week I awards go to Jody Niles and Declan O’Hara.
Tennis campers for Week I enjoyed a wide range of instructional drills, skill development and games. Players of note for Week 1 were Cassidy Stone and Tara Tam. Teen tennis got off to a fine start with Jackie Tam and Gillian Demetriou displaying excellent skills during drills and matches. Limited openings remain for both the teen tennis and the 1 p.m. youth tennis programs.
Also on the tennis front, the third mini-tournament (Blueberry) of the season is slated for Saturday, July 12. All residents are invited to play in a four-game, mini-round of doubles play. Each player competes in four mini-sets. Fee for the one day tournament is $5 with registration at 8 a.m. and play starting at 8:15 a.m.
Some of the summer programs still have limited openings. For the full-day and tennis camps, interested residents may call for complete details. Also, pool membership is open throughout the summer months.
Residents are reminded that bicycles, smoking, and musical devices, and pets are not allowed in the playground at any time. A 2014-15 Floral Park Village Leisure pass or a 2014 Floral Park Pool Pass is required at upon request and for entrance into Tiny Town, play on the basketball and tennis courts. Applications and leisure pass pick up are being done the park’s shelter house.
— Submitted by John Michon
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
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.