Area bicyclists meet for friendly rides at Fredericks Luncheonette located at the intersection of Bond Street and Grace Avenue. The ride lasts approximately one hour and 15 minutes and is geared for riders who can average about 13 mph. When finished you would have covered about 16 miles. Routes and speeds vary on the group. Start times vary according to the time of the year so call for current start time. Wet roads and temperatures below 40 degrees cancel the ride. Parking is free on the street until 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
(Editor’s Note: This article is being reprinted as the first time it was published, much of the article was omitted.)
In early March, Great Neck Weekend Softball Game players declared that they had enough of winter. They were ready to start spring training. But February’s two gigantic snowstorms, plus the soaking rains that fell in between, made the Great Neck fields unplayable. Out of frustration and severe softball withdrawal, the players began brainstorming via e-mail. Several ideas were kicked around. Jack Schonhaut searched for asphalt or concrete parks and schoolyards on the web. He checked out aerial views of nearby locations and then sent out a few possibilities to the players. Fran Alter and Bob Widawsky scoped out the locations. They settled on the PS 187 schoolyard in Queens. It was close by, well maintained, and had plenty of parking.
The Jaguars have been busy in the lead-up to this spring. During the winter season, the girls played in an indoor turf facility at Hofstra University, competing against other fifth-graders from all divisions in seven-player teams. This season stood out chiefly for the distinctive standards of the games, which ran for 40 minutes straight in a smaller field, making for quicker matches. But no matter the type of soccer, the girls’ excitement and love for the sport shine through in their teamwork and energy.
Jennifer Doppelt, sophomore captain of Great Neck North’s Lady Blazers was named conference player of the year in High School Girls Basketball conference ABC-V. Doppelt lifted the Blazers to their first winning season in over a decade finishing with a 10-8 overall record. They were an impressive 9-5 in conference play. Doppelt led the team in scoring, assists, steals and rebounds. She averaged 18.3 points for overall games (327 in total this season) and a stellar 20.5 average points per game in conference games. Her scoring average was good enough for 2nd in Nassau and 8th in all of Long Island. Doppelt was also named All-County. “It was really rewarding to finish the season with a winning record. We played hard all year and I am really looking forward to next year’s season, especially with the young team we have and all the upside there is for the program.’’ The Lady Blazers are led by head coach Mike Lewis and assistant Dawn Gorynski.
Put on your walking/running shoes because on Sunday, May 2, Great Neck Hadassah will host the 4th Annual Walk/Run-a-Thon for Stem Cell Research at Temple Israel on Old Mill Road (rain or shine!). Registration will begin at 9:45 a.m. and the walk/run will officially start at 10:15 a.m.
You can help bring awareness to this important cause by participating in this community event. All ages are welcome as we walk, just under two miles, to show our support for stem cell research. Runners are welcome to run the four or six mile course as well. There will be entertainment, snacks, tee shirts and fun for all.
Almost 20 years ago, late in a summer afternoon at Camp Quinebarge in New Hampshire, Julia Rusinek and I sneaked off to an unsupervised spot along the shore of Lake Kanasatka and jumped, fully clothed, into the water. Briefly free from the watchful glare of camp counselors, we splashed about in our T-shirts and shorts, giggling and reveling in our silliness and spontaneity. We kicked off our wet shoes and let the sand and mud squish between our toes. We dove under water, attempted hand stands and made funny faces until the urge to laugh brought us up gasping for air. Then we crept back to our cabins – somehow unobserved – with dirty feet and disheveled hair, still smiling and dripping wet.
Walkers, runners and wheelchair racers are asked to join in the 6th Annual Race for Spinal Victory to be held at Wantagh High School, on Sunday, April 18 at 9 a.m. Participants can choose to tackle the 5K distance at a run or a walk. Raffle prizes, including a giant flat screen TV, will also be awarded. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Testaverde Fund for Spinal Cord Injury, Inc. (TFSCI) and the Long Island Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center, Inc. which offers support and assistance to the victims of spinal cord injuries and their families.
The Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums reopened two of its four nine-hole golf courses for the 2010 season on March 18, announced Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.
The two courses, in Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn-North Hills (571-8120) and Bay Park in East Rockaway (571-7242), have been closed since December; they will be open six days a week (Morley is closed Monday; Bay is closed Wednesday). The two other county nine-hole courses at Cantiague Park (571-7061) and North Woodmere Park (571-7814) remained open during the winter and are open daily.
Put aside Saturday, May 8, for the 4th Annual Adventures in Learning Tennis Challenge and Dinner/Dance Fundraiser. You can support either one or both. The tennis challenge features an exhibition by pro tennis players and a multi-level tennis competition. The fun-filled dinner/dance includes an exciting auction, great raffle prizes, a delicious three-course dinner prepared by the chef at the Port Washington Yacht Club and free beer and wine. Guests can also enjoy drinks on the beautiful Port Yacht Club’s Sunset Terrace facing the beautiful Manhasset Bay.
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