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Extraterrestrial Exercise Earthbound

Affordable, fun fitness program

for kids coming to Hicksville

One might describe Randi Chenkin’s fitness program for kids, Randirobics as “out of this world.”

Here on Earth, obesity is keeping a significant number of children and adolescents grounded, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that more than a third are overweight or obese.

“Randirobics is a very unique, interactive kids program that features children’s sing-along aerobics and original cool and funky music that I co-write. But the whole mission is to combat childhood obesity on Long Island,” said Randi Chenkin, a Jericho resident, who has performed shows at schools, camps, libraries, children’s hospitals and on cruise ships.

Chenkin’s celestially centered routine will hopefully help lower the number of overweight Earthlings, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, breathing problems and self-esteem issues.

Overweight and obese children are classified through a measurement of one’s body mass index (BMI), which combines a child’s weight and height to indicate his or her level of body fat. Technically, overweight children are classified at or above the 85th BMI percentile, while obese children are at or above the 95th BMI percentile.

Chenkin recently became a certified Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) officer days before Superstorm Sandy and spent nearly 12 weeks helping train local volunteers following the storm. She hopes to also incorporate safety and preparedness techniques with her Randirobics participants.

Beginning March 11, Randirobics launches, with a boost from the Town of Oyster Bay, at the Hicksville Community Center at 4 p.m. for kids ages 6 through 8. Chenkin is also booked for a program at the Syosset Community Center in April for children with autism ages 5 through 15.

For more information, visit randirobics.com.

News

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, more than 600 military veterans and Gold Star families in Hicksville will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

Hicksville is one of several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. On Feb. 26, with a contingency of veterans in the audience, the board voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year.

You’d expect volleyball, football and running the mile in gym class, but what about juggling, plate spinning, or riding a unicycle? For the past 30 years, The National Circus Project has been challenging typical notions of gym class by bringing skilled, trained circus artists into schools for performances and week-long workshops.

Every year, the Westbury based nonprofit goes into approximately 350 public and private schools all over the northeast, including a previous visit to Dutch Lane School in Hicksville. Teams of expert circus artists will come into a physical education class for either a day or week-long workshop. Students get a front row seat to a performance by some of the best in the business, as well as hands on experience with traditional circus skills such as juggling, wire walking or acrobatics. Students in the week-long workshop get to perfect a specific skill and show it off during a show at the end of the week for family members.


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you. They are supposed to help you discover who you are.


Calendar

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



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