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15 Below Rocks William Gill Theatre

15 Below, an alternative rock band composed of Sewanhaka High School students, rocked the William Gill Theatre in New Hyde Park Village Hall on Wednesday, July 23. The band had the crowd tossing up beach balls to energetic beats and swaying their iPhones along to slower tunes. 

 

“They were very good tonight,” said Darren Derick Polanco. “I always come to their shows.”

 

The band was aptly named 15 Below because all of its members were under the age of 15 when the band was formed over two years ago. Its members include lead guitar and vocalist, Dan Rodriguez, guitar, saxophone, and backup vocalist, Ryan Burger, John Savasta on bass guitar, Gerard Coppola on drums, and rapper Joey Mazzeo who was unable to perform because he had work.

 

“Mazzeo adds a whole other dimension to what we can do,” said Rodriguez. 

 

However, the audience still seemed to enjoy the performance. 

 

15 Below performed throwbacks from their childhood such as “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day, “Miss You” by Blink 182, and “Sugar We’re Going Down” by Fall Out Boy. Smoke surrounded the performers and colorful strobe lights illuminated the stage as the band played hard rock songs such as the White Stripes “Seven Nation Army.” 

 

The audience went wild as the band delivered a rock rendition of “Let It Go,” a popular song from the animated Disney movie Frozen, which was designed to be sung by a female soprano.

 

15 Below also performed their own original songs such as “Blue Little Bird” and “Run Away With Me.”

 

The band has played at venues including the Holy Spirit Church Festival, CJ Wellingtons, Swing the Tea Pot, and the Plattdeutsche Restaurant, but the band loved playing at the Village Hall because of the receptive crowd.

 

“This was a dream come true,” said Burger. “This had to have been the best show we ever played.” 

 

All of the members of 15 Below are heavily involved with the music department at Sewanhaka High School and participate in jazz band as well as school talent shows and musicals.

 

“Performing comes naturally to all of us,” Savasta said. “I feel like it’s what I’m meant to do.”


News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office confirmed it’s investigating allegations made towards a Long Island Little League coach, suggesting he kept $12,000 players raised for a trip to Cooperstown.

 

Parents were outraged and children heartbroken to find the team would not be going to Cooperstown this year. They say Merillon Sharks coach Vincent Carreca, of New Hyde Park, told kids they were ready to go a few days before the trip. Then parents, who called Dreams Park in Cooperstown to confirm meal plans, learned the Sharks were not registered for the event.

 

“This is a horrible thing that happened,” one parent said, who asked not to be identified.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


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