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Zumbini: A Great Workout For Kids

Elizabeth Selfridge has found the perfect way to spend a day with her 3 1/2-year old daughter, Beth. She takes her little one to the Center Stage Dance Studio at 102 Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park every Wednesday morning for a little dancing and jumping in a

“Zumbini” program. The program is taught by Linda Byrne, a former physical education teacher at Floral Park-Bellerose School.


“Zumbini is a great way for moms and kids to get together for a little rhythm and dancing and getting all of our energy out,” said Selfridge, who has participated in the program with her daughter since it started in early October. “It is a nice bonding experience and really is a whole lot of fun.”


Zumbini is a spinoff from the ultra popular dance and fitness craze, Zumba. It is designed for infants and children up to four years old and their moms and caregivers. It is a 45-minute class combining movement and music meant to improve overall health and well being.


“Zumbini classes take the youngest  of Zumba fans on their first steps toward a healthy, active life by pairing adults and young children to wiggle, sing and learn through a bonding experience,” said Byrne.


Participants in the class use festive props and instruments and dance and wiggle to a variety of kid-friendly tunes. Props include colorful scarves, dolls and instruments like small drums and pint sized tambourines.


Lori Keller of Bellerose said that the weekly Zumbini classes “give her son a great opportunity to be active with other kids.”


“He loves it,” said Keller whose son, Jake, was the only boy in the class of six moms with daughters. “We have the class CD with the songs on it at home and he is always dancing to the music.”


Byrne, who also teaches Zumba classes, said the reason she started the program was because she really missed teaching kids.


“My passion has always been teaching children,” said Byrne. “To combine music and teaching at the same time is really such a great thing for these kids.”


Zumbini classes are currently held at the Studio on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 and Wednesdays from 10 to 10:45.


A new, 10-week session is scheduled to begin on Jan. 7, 2014. For more information and a chance to register early call Linda at 516-488-5732.


Two New Hyde Park business men were arrested on Tuesday, April 8 for underreporting gross sales, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced. 


DA Rice said Gerard Losquadro, 61 of Garden City and Charles DiMarino, 48, of East Norwich, as the former and current owner, respectively, of New Hyde Park Auto Body Works, failed to remit $149,936.65 in sales tax collected from customers to the New York State

Department of Taxation and Finance from Sept. 1, 2009 to May 31, 2013, according to the DA’s office. 

The Village of New Hyde Park Board of Trustees held their 2014-15 tentative budget hearing on Monday, April 7, where a proposed budget of $6 million was presented.


The appropriation represents an increase of $160,512 from the 2013-14 budget and a tentative tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.8 percent increase from last year.


“Working on this year’s budget was one of the hardest we’ve ever done,” Village Mayor Robert Lofaro said.


Sewanhaka’s boys lacrosse coach Peter Burgess has one rule when it comes to his goalies: make the saves that you’re supposed to make. 


Luckily for Burgess, senior Jake Mellen does that and more. 


“Once or twice a game he’ll make a save that no one’s supposed to make,” Burgess said. “I’ll look over to my assistant coach and say, ‘Wow, that was a special play right there’”


For three years, Mellen has been making those kind of spectacular saves for the Indians as the starting goalie. Before his senior season started, he was voted captain by his teammates and coaches. 

Coaching to some can be measured by wins and losses. But New Hyde Park’s head baseball coach Doug Robins measures his success through the success of his players, on and off the field. 


Robins has coached the Gladiators varsity baseball team since 1999 and made the playoffs 10 out of those 15 seasons. His teams have finished in second place in their league twice. 


Despite his teams on field success, Robins goal is to help his players succeed and receive the opportunity to play college ball. 


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