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LI Lizards Donate $5K For Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Long Island Lizards would like to thank all the Nassau and Suffolk participants who came out for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Clinic recently. Thanks to the participation of nearly 100 students, and the sponsorship of the event by Atlantic Hyundai, the Lizards will be making a $5,000 donation to the Hurricane Sandy Long Island Disaster Relief fund.

Lizards head coach Joe Spallina, along with players Tommy Palasek, Michael Skudin and Chris Passavia, helped to lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of stations, focusing on different fundamental lacrosse skills. Members of the Stony Brook womens lacrosse team also came out to lend a hand to the young girls at the clinic.

Many of the Lizards players and staff experienced Sandy’s devastation firsthand, and were eager to help give back to those who were hit the hardest.

“I was really humbled to see all of those families come out and support the Sandy relief,” said Lizards defenseman Michael Skudin. “Coming from Long Beach and knowing friends and families that lost everything, I was really thankful to see the Long Island community come together to help others.”

Atlantic Hyundai sponsored the event, helping the Lizards to make a total donation of $5,000.

“Atlantic Hyundai, the number one Hyundai dealer in the country, is happy to give back to the community,” said Dan Toomey, the General Manager of Atlantic Hyundai.  

The clinic was organized with the help of the Islip PTA and Maud Sherwood Elementary, who kindly donated use of the field. Islip PTA also collected nonperishable food items at the event, which will be donated to a local food pantry.

A full schedule of Lizards’ camps and clinics will be released in the future. For more information about this, or any future Lizards clinics, please contact Marie Letterii, director of youth lacrosse, at Marie@ LongIslandLizards.com.

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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