As part of the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” program, South Middle School held its inaugural “Relay Field Day.” Fundraising for the Relay Field Day was done individually by students, and by grade with the selling of $1 fundraising cards. The PTA donated $100 and three $50 Amazon gift cards to the highest fundraising student in each grade. The PTA also donated festive balloons and ice pops for the event. Two school clubs, Student Organization Community Action (faculty advisor is Linda Musmeci, mathematics teacher) and Student Organization Service (faculty advisor is Frank Bua, social studies department head), donated money towards the dunk tank activity. The clubs also donated the huge arch of welcoming balloons. Collectively, over $12,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society.
Head Football Coach Mike Toop recently announced the award winners for the 2012-13 academic year as senior captain Alex Coviello (Cape Coral, FL) was named team MVP. Tyler Washington (Chatham, NY) received the nod as the Hanley-Neagle Defensive MVP award winner and Connor Kennedy (Bellerose, NY) earned Gibson Offensive MVP accolades. Kenneth Filiaggi (Forest Hill, MD) rounded out the MVP winners with the nod as the Mariners’ Special Teams MVP.
E.M. Baker School’s students participated in a school-wide Jump-A-Thon to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The event was dedicated to the memory of Matthew Correll, son of Joan Correll, who has been a paraprofessional at the school for over 30 years. Aileen Sullivan, fourth-grade teacher and event coordinator, related that the students, working together, raised some $11,300, and that the experience showed them that they can make a difference in the fight against cancer.
The United States Merchant Marine Academy baseball squad, which finished the 2013 campaign as Landmark Conference regular season co-champions, ranked 37th or higher in five NCAA D-III statistical categories:
USMMA Baseball 2013 NCAA D-III Team Statistcal Leaders:
15th - Stolen Bases per Game: 2.57
16th - Batting Average: .326
32nd - Total Stolen Bases: 95
35th - Doubles per Game: 2.05
37th - Runs per Game: 7.1
Steve Cronin, a Great Neck resident, has made the United States Men’s Masters Maccabiah Basketball Team to be played this summer in Israel. For Cronin, it will be his third time representing team U.S., previously competing in 1989 and 2009. Both times though, his U.S. teams have come up short winning the silver while falling to Israel in the finals.
“This could be my last international competition, and I’d like to end it with gold,” says Cronin.
Although the North Shore Kayak Club refers to Manhasset Bay as its “home” waterway, 19 of its club members recently car-topped their boats and hit the road. Specifically, the club paddled out of Cold Spring Harbor and spent several hours exploring that part of Long Island Sound. Included in the outing was a break on Sagamore Hill Beach in Oyster Bay (above), giving the paddlers a chance to stretch their legs and devour some energy bars. The North Shore Kayak Club is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the pleasures of recreational kayaking. For further information, contact Alan Bergman at 917 400-7041.
Three years on the sidelines with a bad hip and two surgeries later, 65-year-old Bob Litwin, one of the North Shore’s most accomplished tennis players, is ready to lead the United States Grand Masters Team as its player/coach in the 19th World Maccabiah Games in Israel in July.
Litwin, a member of the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame, has won the International Tennis Federation World Championship, 14 United States Tennis Association National titles from 1991 to 2007 and was ranked first in the over 55 years old bracket in 2005. He grew up in Great Neck, starring at Great Neck South High in tennis and basketball and lived in Port Washington for 23 years before moving to Glenwood Landing to develop his Focus Institute.
Members of a Great Neck High School band reunited after 40 years for a benefit performance in support of the Third Annual Katie Oppo Memorial Run/Walk, an ovarian cancer charity recently. The Rockets, led by Barry Douglas, M.D., keyboardist and a partner at Manhasset and Garden City based Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, performed following the 6.19k run/walk in Flower Hill Park, Manhasset.
Inspired by the leading R&B groups of the day, the band met and started playing together over 40 years ago while students at Great Neck South. The group had not seen each other, or played together, in many years, until Katie’s cause became the reason for a reunion. These days, the members try to practice whenever they can get together; and they perform sets when members’ individual schedules align .
On a muggy night, with the threat of a storm arriving at any moment, the only lightning came from the St. Aloysius bats, as St. Al crushed St. Peter 10-3, to take the 2013 8th Grade CYO Baseball Championship. In what was their most complete team victory of the season, the St. Aloysius team had a season-high 8 hits, and their defense was stellar in support of a complete-game, 94-pitch one-hitter thrown by their ace Jacob Seidenberg.
St. Al jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first, as Jordan Greiff led off with a walk, stole second, and scored on a Seidenberg single. Joey Dunn smacked a 1-1 pitch to centerfield, knocking in Seidenberg with the second run. Next, “Big Ben” Addeo struck, knocking out the St. Peter starting pitcher with a massive sac fly to deep center, which allowed Dunn to advance to third base. Dunn then walked home when the throw from the outfielder went out of play. St. Peter’s removed their starting pitcher at that point.
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