Call it a coincidence, but the timing for Chris and Peter Ferraro’s announcement of the creation of a new hockey and recreation facility couldn’t be any better.
Two days before the National Hockey League was set to drop the puck for a shortened, 48-game season beginning on Jan. 19, the Ferraro twins – former NHL players and Olympians themselves – broke ground on their $15 million, privately financed Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park.
“It is our passion to support Long Island families so that they will no longer have to be torn apart or have their family life disrupted just because a child excels in hockey and wants to try to make it to the NHL,” said Chris Ferraro. “This facility will enable us to create a hockey hot bed right here on Long Island.”
The Hicksville American Soccer Club is pleased to announce that Intramural Soccer Registration is now open and available online at the club’s website, www.hicksvillesoccerclub.com. The program is open to children in nursery school through third grade. Professional trainers, on a weekly basis, work with all of the children. Please visit the website and click the orange button to register your child for the spring 2013 season.
While each family celebrates the new year in their own way, skating enthusiasts and members of United States Figure Skating (USFS) have their own tradition: kicking off the year with a National Skating Month event at their local rink.
Throughout January, skating clubs across the country celebrate the sport by hosting a myriad of skating-themed activities to create a fun-filled afternoon, or in this case, morning. On Sunday, January 13th, Great Neck Figure Skating Club (GNFSC) kept over 120 skaters and their families entertained during two hours of festivities.
Congratulations to Hicksville athlete Jill Loveland, who recently won two awards at the Greater Long Island Running Club’s annual Awards Night.
“Jill is an outstanding athlete whose double win this year was very much deserved,” observed Running Club President Mike Polansky. “More to the point, she is a bright and enthusiastic young woman who is a real credit to our Club.”
Once again this year, the Long Island Thunderbolts Softball Team will be hosting a five-week training session for young softball players at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, located at 25 Country Drive in Plainview. This clinic allows the Thunderbolts to raise necessary team funds, while teaching girls the skills they need to be ready to hit it out of the park during softball season in the spring. The “2013 Winter Work Out” will feature lessons on hitting, bunting and fielding.
Hitters need to bring a bat and helmet, fielders need to bring gloves, and pitchers need to bring their own catchers. Tuition is $175 for all five classes, or $40 per session; a special team rate is available, $1850 for a maximum of 14 players. Parents must sign a waiver before their child may participate.
“The team had a great deal of success last season, but we’re looking to build on that,” said Bernardi. “I’m looking to instill a good work ethic, and I feel I can help that beginning with their off-season throwing program.”
The Friends of Long Island Wrestling organization seeks volunteers and sponsors for many of its major programming including the annual Hall of Fame Dinner, the golf outing, membership, marketing, publication support and more. Anyone interested in helping, donating, or sponsoring can call (516) 804-8676 or visit friendsoflongislandwrestling.com for more information.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto (kneeling, center) joined NY Rangers alum Brian Mullen (back row, left) and Town of Oyster Bay Hockey Ambassador Buzz Deschamps (back row, right), in celebrating the Town’s ‘Try Hockey for Free’ Program, a joint initiative with the New York Rangers, that gives youngsters throughout the Town the unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. The event was held at the Town’s Ice Skating Center in Bethpage with hundreds of children and parent’s in attendance.
All Oyster Bay Town ice rinks will offer extended sessions during the holiday season, through Jan. 1, according to Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone.
“Skaters in the town have the option of skating in the great outdoors at Marjorie R. Post Community Park rink in Massapequa and at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park rink or indoor at the state-of-the art Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park,” Councilman Macagnone said. “Admission prices make it a great value for your recreation dollar.”
Town of Oyster Bay residents and their families are invited to come out and kick off the holiday season by attending the third annual free Holiday on Ice Show at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center. On Saturday, Dec. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., the center’s skating students will do choreographed routines to music.
Admission is free but residents are encouraged to help others by donating two canned goods, which will be collected at the event by Island Harvest.
Some of the country’s most outstanding skating talent will be performing at the show, adding their own artistic flair to the evening’s festivities. Among those expected to perform will be Senior Ladies National Competitor Joelle Forte, Junior National Pairs Medalists Darbie Burke and Griffin Schwab and Junior National Competitor Emmy Ma.
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