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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.


After a very long winter, spring time is finally here and it’s time to get all of your gardening needs in. Whether you’re looking for gardening supplies, annual perennials or shrubs or bird food and pool cleaning agents, Garden World in Franklin Square is your place.


“I go there for everything,” says Mary Channix of New Hyde Park. “It has all my gardening needs and is just a short drive away. I’ll be going next week to get more stuff to have the garden ready to go.”


In business since 1959, Garden World offers everything the average gardener needs to keep their lawn green and their outside property looking clean.

The Village of New Hyde Park adopted its 2014-15 operating budget Tuesday, April 14. The new budget totals $6 million. Last year’s budget topped off at $5.8 million. 


The adopted budget holds a final tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.65 percent increase from last year. It’s estimated that residents will need to pay an additional $18 per year in village taxes.


Sewanhaka High School’s girls lacrosse coach Erica Brennan knows something good is going to happen when attacker Skylar Shimansky is sprinting down the field. 


“When she’s on the move, shooting, 90 percent of the time, it’s going in,” Brennan said. 


The goals have been going in for Shimansky on a consistent basis so far this season. She leads the Indians with eight goals and has scored in each of the team’s first six games.

For Ariana Bruschi, winning the school award in the national Wendy’s High School Heisman competition is about hard work. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior is a standout Gladiators field hockey, lacrosse player and an avid volunteer.


“It really helped me and showed how hard work paid off,” she said. “I thank all my coaches and my guidance counselor Mary Beth Healy. They really helped me.”


The Wendy’s competition measured three parts: academics, athletics and leadership. These categories were strengths for Bruschi.


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