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Kicking It Forward

U.S. National player holds clinic

Approximately 75 of the village’s best young soccer players got to experience what it is like to play with one of the best players in the world. On a recent Friday evening, the Garden City Centennials held a clinic given by U.S. National Team player Heather O’Reilly for the Under 10–12 girls travel teams. O’Reilly began her career with her first international goal in 2002 and has been a key player in three Olympic gold medal wins and two World Cups, as well as owning the longest consecutive games played for the U.S. Women’s team.

The 90-minute clinic was focused on giving the youngsters an idea of what it’s like to perform side by side with a professional athlete in a sport they love. From the time Heather arrived to the minute she left, the girls were in awe, not only of her fantastic soccer abilities but of her demeanor. O’Reilly demonstrated to the girls that you have to have passion, commitment and dedication to succeed in all you do. She told them that coaches will eventually notice a great attitude, and they respect that.

After running the girls through a series of three different drills, O’Reilly spent some time talking to the girls and answering some very focused questions. The girls got a kick out of hearing what her most memorable moment was as O’Reilly related “it was when I was able to score the winning goal in the Olympic semi-final match off a pass from my hero Mia Hamm. And the best part about it was the fact that I didn’t score about five minutes earlier on a clean shot and Mia encouraged me to hang in there, it will come. And it certainly did! So if there’s one thing I would tell a young girl starting out, it would be to hang in there no matter what – it will come.”

O’Reilly also spoke of how she fit in on the national team since she started playing so young, “Every time I’ve competed in the Olympics, it’s obviously been a different role on the team. In 2004, I was probably the last player chosen on that team. I was just a young kid, only 19, I was just happy to be there and happy to contribute and play with some of my idols like Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain, those legends of the game. Then in 2008, my role grew and now I’m seen as a veteran player. So my role has grown even more to guiding players like Alex Morgan through her first Olympic Games and share what I’ve learned in my games.”

As O’Reilly closed out the evening, she posed for pictures and signed autographs for each of the girls along with photos, soccer balls, playing cards, cleats and jerseys.

News

‘Landscape-altering’ bug creeping north

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of the Island designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.

Elmont Library reneges on

Stewart Manor drop-box

It was announced at the August Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting that the Elmont Memorial Library recently reneged on a deal to place a library drop-box in Stewart Manor Village Hall. The box would have allowed the Village’s elderly residents a more convenient option for returning books. According to the Board, the deal was all but done before the library backed out at the last minute.

“They offered us the world and we got crumbs. Rocks, really,” said Stewart Manor Mayor Gerard Tangredi.


Sports

Garden City falls to Brentwood

after beating Farmingdale

The Farmingdale Baseball League recently capped off its fourth annual 9/11 baseball tournament with a series of championship games, to ultimately determine which Long Island town reigns supreme. On Aug. 16, teams from 8U to 14U fought tooth and nail for the ultimate prize.

One of the most exciting games was the evening 14U championship match-up between the Garden City Warriors and Brentwood Braves.

Fall Roller Hockey Programs Announced

The Garden City Recreation and Parks Department will once again offer various roller hockey programs this fall for both youth & adults who reside in the Inc. Village of Garden City. Whether you played in the past or looking to get involved, there is no better time to sign up and experience all the fun. All programs take place at the roller rink located at Community Park. Please note at this time, the recreation department is just announcing its programs. Fees and registration information will be announced at a later date.

This season, the roller hockey programs are broken down into grades. Please pay careful attention as grades and dates/times have changed:


Calendar

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Thursday, August 28

Nature’s Nighttime Noises

Saturday, August 30

Art With A French Twist

Thursday, September 11



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