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Local Teams Enter Premier League

The New Hyde Park Lady Jaguars and the New Hyde Park Thundercats of the Long Island Junior Soccer League are two of the 84 soccer teams that will be playing in the 2014 Eastern New York Premier League (ENYPL) season on Saturday, March 15. The 83 teams playing represents a 17 percent increase from last year. Every team will be competing in six regular season games this spring.

 

“By playing a reduced six-game schedule with playoffs, ENYPL teams now have the option of rejoining Division 1 of their own member league, making those leagues stronger in the process,” ENYPL Director Steve Padaetz stated.

 

Nine of Eastern New York’s 11 leagues are sending teams. Thirty-one teams are coming from the Long Island Junior Soccer League, 16 teams from the Capital District Youth Soccer League, 15 teams from the East Hudson Youth Soccer League, five teams each from the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League, Staten Island Youth Soccer League and Westchester Youth Soccer League, four teams from the Hudson Valley Youth Soccer League plus one team each from the Central New York Youth Soccer League and Metrokids Interregional Soccer League.

 

“The strength of our Premier League was demonstrated last June when two teams who played in the league last year, the Bayport Tsunami and FC Somers Razors, won the State Open Cup,” Padaetz added.

 

The winner of each division automatically qualifies for entry into the Northeast Regional Premier League in 2015.


News

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

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.


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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