Call it a coincidence, but the timing for Chris and Peter Ferraro’s announcement of the creation of a new hockey and recreation facility couldn’t be any better.
Two days before the National Hockey League was set to drop the puck for a shortened, 48-game season beginning on Jan. 19, the Ferraro twins – former NHL players and Olympians themselves – broke ground on their $15 million, privately financed Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park.
“It is our passion to support Long Island families so that they will no longer have to be torn apart or have their family life disrupted just because a child excels in hockey and wants to try to make it to the NHL,” said Chris Ferraro. “This facility will enable us to create a hockey hot bed right here on Long Island.”
The Garden City Recreation Department is sponsoring a middle school recreation night for sixth-graders in St. Paul’s Field House on Friday, Jan. 11. The recreation night will be chaperoned by the recreation staff and will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5.
A DJ will provide music and refreshments will be available for a nominal charge. The gym will be open for basketball, volleyball, dancing and other games.
Please note-Once the children are in the facility for either of these programs, they will not be allowed to leave unless accompanied by an adult. Please come into the building to pick up your child.
Portledge School hosted a Varsity Girls and Boys Invitational Basketball Tournament in conjunction with Coaches vs. Cancer. Participating schools included: Evangel Christian High School (Long Island City), Martin Luther High School (Maspeth), Portledge School (Locust Valley) and Waldorf School (Garden City). The three-day event raised $1,152.86, which is being donated to the American Cancer Society. Congratulations to the Portledge School for winning the Girls Division and to Evangel Christian High School on capturing the Boys Division Championship. Portledge Director of Athletics, Phil Hills, highlighted the work of his staff when he said, “The commitment of all our basketball coaches to this worthy endeavor is an example of our school’s strong character at work. Their actions are full of passion, integrity, purpose and honor.”
Registration for winter floor hockey has begun. This 6-session program will begin on Friday, Jan. 4 and will cost $25. The age groupings and times are as follows:
Ages 5 and 6 - 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Ages 7 to 9 - 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.
Ages 10 to 14 - 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.
Floor hockey will meet on the following Fridays –
Jan. 4 and 18, Feb. 8, 15, and 22, March 8
To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or download an application from the website at www.gardencityrecreation.org.
For the fourth time in the past five years, Waldorf’s Varsity Boys Soccer Team traveled on Friday, Oct, 26 – just before Hurricane Sandy hit the region – to Locust Valley’s Portledge School, (a neutral site), in order to play in the IPPSAL Boys Soccer Championships. This year’s opponent was Lawrence Woodmere Academy (LWA) who split the regular season games with Waldorf, each earning a win and suffering a loss.
Waldorf started the game with the season’s trademark offensive surge - and with just a little more than six minutes into the game, junior tri-captain midfielder Peter Escribano neatly tucked the ball into the far post off a throw-in from senior tri-captain midfielder Orin Pearce. After five more shots that kept the LWA goalkeeper very busy, Pearce had another long throw-in that senior forward Marco Spitaliere fired into the near post for the 2-0 Waldorf lead. LWA started its own offensive rush and scored; cutting the Waldorf lead at the end of the first half to 2-1.
On Thursday, Dec. 27, the recreation department will show Arthur Christmas at St. Paul’s Cluett Hall. Showtime will be 1 p.m. The movie is rated PG and is 97 minutes in length.
Admission is free and snacks will be sold at a nominal charge. Supervision will be supplied by the recreation staff. For further information, please call 516-465-4075.
Registration for winter floor hockey has begun. This 6-session program will begin on Friday, Jan. 4 and will cost $25.
Alexa Graham entered the tournament as the second seed behind Vivien Cheng, a senior from Syosset, the only opponent she lost to this season. Both girls had first round byes and dominated second and third round matches. The semifinals pitted all seeds against each other, with Graham beating the No. 4 seed Nicole Torres from Great Neck North 6-2, 6-1. It was then time to face her conference rival in the finals.
The Department of Recreation and Parks will be holding interviews for prospective pool employees (you must be a graduating high school senior or older) for the upcoming 2013 season on the following dates: Thursday, Jan. 3, Friday, Jan. 4, Tuesday, Jan. 8, Wednesday, Jan. 9 and Thursday, Jan. 10.
Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
All former and prospective employees must interview if they are planning to work at the pool next season. Please pick up an application and sign up for your interview in the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. For further information call 516-465-4075.
Long Island Fight for Charity (LIFFC) hosted nearly 250 supporters at a recent celebration held at the Hilton Long Island in Melville. Plans were announced for activities leading up to the Tenth Long Island Fight for Charity’s “Main Event,” scheduled for November 25, 2013. At the main event volunteer boxers from the Long Island business community who have completed intense training will step into the ring for charity.
The first volunteer boxers who have been announced to participate in the 2013 Main Event are Keith Dawson of Patchogue, Anthony Giallanzo of Glen Cove, Mike Haltman of Woodbury, Joanne Hutchins of Bayville, Kevin Kelly of Plainview, Bill Mabanta of Holtsville and Leaf Steuernagel of Bellport, as well as Scott Zuckerman and Joe Palumbo.
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