Floral Park Recreation Center’s End of the Summer Annual Awards Ceremony was celebrated on a beautiful summer night. After the introduction of members of the dais by Emcee John Michon, sports counselors passed out souvenir bracelets to all campers who participated in the morning and afternoon programs that are offered by the Recreation Department. Mayor Tom Tweedy thanked the staff for their efforts on behalf of the children who enjoyed eight weeks of summer fun at the park. Deputy Mayor Jim Rhatigan, Recreation Trustee Dominick Longobardi and trustees Mary Grace Tomecki and Kevin Fitzgerald and members of the Recreation Committee assisted throughout the evening with the presentation of medals, trophies and plaques.
The major event of the summer will be the 32nd Annual Awards Ceremony which traditionally honors campers for outstanding play in the 10 major camps. This year’s ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m. by the new stage area.
Winning individuals and teams will be presented with medals and trophies. More than 200 individual awards, as well as a souvenir for every camper, will be part of the evening’s festivities.
The “highlight” of the evening will be the presentation of the “Camper of the Summer” award to the outstanding boy and girl participants. Refreshments will follow the ceremony.
It’s time to register. The registration process has changed for participation with the Floral Park Screaming Eagles. The organization has a new website (www.fpsports.leagueapps.com) and registration will only be accepted online. No forms to print or drop off. Registration has now started and spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.
In addition, Sewanhaka Central High School District is reforming its middle school ice hockey team for the upcoming season. If your son or daughter is in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade show up to a practice. The next Sewanhaka Ice Hockey practice is set for Aug. 24 at Newbridge Arena from 6 to 7 p.m. First tuition installment is $500. If you can not make the practice please mail the check to: Sewanhaka Ice Hockey, 114 Kilburn Road South, West Hemsptead, NY 11552.
Bright blue eyes, a full head of hair, beautiful smile, and full of energy. At 5 years old, Ethan Demmers is possibly at the healthiest he will be in his life. Ethan was recently diagnosed with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy (DMD). Typically, people with this disease live only into their 20s. Over the next few years, the disease will slowly attack every muscle in Ethan’s body, eventually causing him to permanently be in a wheelchair. Ethan’s parents are not ready to give up their hope for a cure. They are fully committed to helping find a cure for this deadly illness, not just for their own son, but for all others suffering as well.
Ethan’s father, Dustin Demmers, is an English teacher at Floral Park Memorial High School. To the student body, Demmers can be described as funny, happy, wacky, wild, crazy, and unique among other adjectives. Demmers can be found smiling through the halls, making jokes over the loudspeakers, or making his class into the ideal environment for learning.
The other day I woke up to this text from my Garden City friend, Claire LoRusso: “I need help. I am running a half marathon in October. I have not run in years. Where do I start? Miss you.” I got giddy, in a dorky way, because I always get excited when someone wants to run.
In this case, however, it was more of a “Welcome back, Claire.”
Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Councilwoman Lee Seeman recently attended the 37th Annual New Hyde Park 8k Championship Race, organized by the New Hyde Park Runners Club. Bosworth presented awards to overall winners and those who placed in each age group of the nearly 5-mile race, including women’s overall winner Tara Wilson, and men’s overall winner Boyd Carrington. Proceeds from the race will benefit Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warriors.
The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.
Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.
“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”
As a junior last year at Kellenberg Memorial High School, Joseph Gasparini, of Floral Park, was recently awarded the Most Improved Award for the Kellenberg Boys Varsity Track team. Gasparini‘s effort over the course of the track season set him apart as an athlete worthy of recognition for his improvement.
Megan Nugent, a recent graduate of Kellenberg Memorial High School, was awarded the Bernie Ward Commitment Award for her outstanding effort and devotion to the Girls Varsity Track team. Nugent, of Floral Park, earned the award through her hard work and dedication to the team.
Danny Green, fresh off an NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs, is giving back to his community on Long Island. At the annual Team Green Basketball Skills Camp 2014, more than 60 local youths had a week filled with basketball, instruction, and fun at Floral Park Memorial High School.
Even though the NBA Finals ended more than a month ago, Green is still basking in the glory that comes with a championship. “It still hasn’t hit me yet,” he said of winning the title. “When you get noticed in New York, it says a lot,” he added. “People want me to come places because of what we accomplished this year.”
Last week at Mitchel Field, Richard “Big Daddy” Salgado brought his two communities together for an unforgettable week of football, fun, and memories with the help of local high school coaches from Floral Park Memorial and Sewanhaka high schools.
Salgado’s first community is his hometown. Raised in New Hyde Park, the 48-year-old former pro said he wanted to “give back to the kids from the same neighborhoods that we grew up in.” After his football career ended, Salgado became an insurance advisor, and is now the founder and CEO of Coastal Advisors LLC.
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