Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00
“HOTA… HOTA… HOTA…” chanted the Franklin Square, Floral Park, and Garden City girls from the HOTA soccer club as they marched in the spirited German-American Stueben Parade on Saturday, Sept. 15 in New York City.
Staged as the 7th division in the parade line, a little waiting on 58th Street didn’t put a damper on the girls’ spirits. They used up the time to build camaraderie by sharing city pretzels, buying German flags, and stocking up on other fun trinkets from street vendors. HOTA Lightening Coach Greg Shevlin said, “There’s a feeling of community among the girls – it’s a great way to honor HOTA’s heritage and build solidarity.”
Once the girls started marching, their shouting amplified and the onlookers became super-cheery. The highlight for the girls was being televised on WNEW. There were lots of funny faces, bright smiles, and HOTA mantras as they paraded past the cameras.
The girls’ finale was on 86th Street and Madison, a.k.a. Germantown, where two of the girls’ parents ran into and chatted with Paul McCartney – not a famed German, but an amusing wrap to the day.
HOTA Bavarian Soccer Club is an international organization focused on developing, enhancing, and promoting the skills and abilities of talented young soccer players.
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At the April 3 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, it was revealed that New York State’s recently passed budget has allotted a larger-than-anticipated amount of aid for schools; this has resulted in an additional $360,000 for the district to use for its 2014-2015 budget.
According to Board of Education President James Gounaris, the 2014-2015 Herricks budget was already adopted, on March 20; after the surprise boost in state aid, the budget was adjusted and re-adopted at the April 3 meeting, with the additional funds allocated toward restoring some budgetary cuts made to the district in recent years.
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Discussion over testing and class size opened a debate on spending at a New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education work session on Monday, March 31.
The board voted unanimously to reduce the maximum class size for grades 3-6 to 27 from 29 students and to create an additional fifth-grade class next year. These changes will be up for review next year.
Reducing class size becomes a gamble if an unexpected amount of new students transfer to the district mid-year, according to district officials. If a class goes over the maximum, the district will have to hire additional aides.
Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00
Sewanhaka High School’s seventh grade girl’s basketball team finished with an undefeated season, coached by Alison Leighton and assistant coach Myeishay Brooks.
“With an incredible starting five, and depth throughout the roster, the team showed that with talent and determination, they can do anything,” Leighton said. “Not only were they an unbelievable team to coach, they were sportswomen on the court, and gave one hundred percent effort in their games, and practices.”
Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00
Most tourists travel to see the sights and eat the food. But New Hyde Park resident Dr. Peter Douris recently flew to South Korea for a different reason entirely. He spent a week in the southern mountains testing for 5th degree black belt in the Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do.
Douris was part of a group from Kwon’s Karate studio in Manhasset, where they’ve all trained for many years with their instructor, Master H.Y. Kwon, a ninth level black belt.
In Korea, their days began at 6 a.m. and continued until very late.