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Merino is 2012 State Swim Champion

New Hyde Park 12-year-old swimmer Samantha Merino had quite a weekend in upstate Buffalo setting a team record as she captured the 2012 state championship in the freestyle. Merino also placed first in both the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Free Relay.

The Merino family is no stranger to success in the pool and will have to make room on the living room mantle as Samantha now joins her big sister Jessica, as Jessica is a swimming star at Scranton University.

State rules limit swimmers to three individual events during the state championships in which Merino competed at the highest level individually and also anchored the relay squad which included teammates and elite swimmers; Alexis Sarabia, Samantha Merino, Sheila Krische, and Cassie Scandalios also brought home the gold while setting a new team record.

Hats off to a fine young lady and her talented teammates for representing the community in a shining light and hearty congratulations for a terrific accomplishment.

News

Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV- D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.

 

The disease disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.

New Hyde Park Village Mayor Robert Lofaro gave a local laundromat until Wednesday, Oct. 15 to appear in village court to address property issues, mainly appearance and a lack of signage, or face arrest.

 

A final letter was sent to the tenant, Lofaro said.


Sports

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 

The Sewanhaka Indians relied heavily on its offense in the first two victories and head coach George Kasimatis relies on one player to set the tone for his group; senior, running back Brenton Mighty. 

 

Mighty is versatile as a running back, as he possesses the ability to run hard between the tackles, lower his shoulder and run into the defender, or run to the outside and break one deep. He also has good hands and is utilized by quarterback Elijah Tracey, as a receiver out of the backfield. 

 

“He makes such a difference in the run game,” said Kasimatis. “Teams have to respect that and it opens up the pass and the possibility for a lot of play action passes.”


Calendar

Community Fund Meeting - October 15

International Night - October 16

Live Music - October 17


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