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Local Violates Leandra’s Law

A Hicksville woman was arrested last week after driving under the influence of drugs with a child in the car.  

According to the Nassau County Police Department, Janine Lafiandra, 36, was driving her 2013 Mercedes Benz northbound on Main Street in Hempstead, when she collided with a 2004 Ford operated by a 66-year-old male southbound on Main Street at West Columbia Street. Lafiandra then continued northbound and was located by Garden City police officers on Franklin Avenue in Garden City.

Hempstead police officers responded to the scene and an investigation determined Lafiandra was operating under the influence of drugs. Her one-year-old son was in the backseat of the car.

Lafiandra was taken into custody without incident and her son was released to the custody of his grandmother. No injuries were reported.

Lafiandra was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a Leandra’s Law violation, as well as two counts of Driving While Ability Impaired and three counts of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation.

Another Long Island woman was charged last week for aggravated driving and violating Leandra’s Law.  Nina Gebarowski, of Selden, was allegedly driving drunk with her daughter in the car when she hit a man and his young son who were crossing the road. The man suffered a dislocated shoulder and his son had minor injuries.

Under Leandra’s Law, first-time offenders of those found impaired by alcohol or drugs while a child younger than 16 years old is in the vehicle may be charged with a Class E felony, punishable by up to four years in state prison.

News

Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.

Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.

Some students returning to school the first day might see a new face on the bus: Hicksville’s new interim superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso.

“Every year on the first day of school I ride one of the buses. To see the face of a kindergartener on that first ride just reminds you of why you’re in the field,” he says.


Sports

Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.

It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.

I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.

Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup.  I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club.  This U16 team has a group of standout players led by  Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.


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