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Tsang Commits To West Point

Newton Tsang didn’t have the United States Military Academy at West Point on his radar until March 2013. 

 

That’s when Tsang, of New Hyde Park, was informed by his South Kent School guidance counselor that West Point men’s soccer head coach Russell Payne was interested in recruiting him. A few weeks passed, and Tsang set up an unofficial visit to the campus where he was captivated by West Point’s academics. 

 

“The students were just extremely focused,” said Tsang. “They were really role models at what they do. Their determination is what really caught my attention.”

 

Tsang made it official in May, when he announced that he will be playing men’s soccer next fall for the United States Military Academy at West Point, a NCAA-Division 1 program. 

 

Tsang, a midfielder, was also considering Loyola University in Maryland, Stony Brook University, Binghamton University and the University at Buffalo. 

 

Tsang will join an Army team that went 12-3-3 last season, which was its highest win total since winning 13 games in 1993. He says the soccer program is just a small reason on why he chose West Point. 

 

“I’m mostly concerned with the quality of education, and the challenges and opportunities that I will be presented with,” said Tsang, who plans on studying psychology at West Point. “Soccer would be a stepping stone to a greater opportunity.”

 

At South Kent School in Connecticut, Tsang had his most memorable moment in the 2013 New England Class B title game against Lawrence Academy.

 

After a scoreless tie through overtime, the game went to penalty kicks and each team converted three goals on four attempts. On the fifth and final kicks, Lawrence missed and Tsang converted on the game-winning kick that went to the left bottom of the net while the goalie went the other way. It was South Kent’s sixth New England Championship in the last eight years. 

 

“I hadn’t scored a goal all season, but my coach (Owen Finberg) entrusted me to be the fifth kicker, I was last in line,” said Tsang. “Everyone went crazy and attacked me.”

 

Tsang attended Lakeville Elementary School and Great Neck South Middle School before attending South Kent School. 

 

Tsang cited the Albertson Soccer Club for honing his soccer skills as he played there when he was 14.


News

New Hyde Park Village trustee Donald Barbieri contends helicopters are still flying right over New Hyde Park and other residential parts of the north shore, harming citizens and the town with excessive and unlawful aircraft noise. In spite of what federal law says and in spite of what a federal court says, the noise levels are still an issue.

 

Barbieri drafted a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration, apprising the entity of New Hyde Park’s situation. The FAA did not return calls for comment.

Operation Main Street, a plan that would see a section of Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park revamped with traffic calming features and aesthetic updates, is finally in the home stretch, New Hyde Park village officials say. Village contractor J. Anthony Enterprises will be putting the finishing touches on the $1.46 million project this week.

 

“It’s all but finished,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Honestly, I feel good. It’s looking solid. It took forever to get it done. They’re going to put more benches in and plantings; striping the road.”

 

New Hyde Park’s department of public works will maintain the planters and medians installed for the project. Twenty-five potted plants were recently installed along the turnpike, officials stated. More than 10 benches will be available on the turnpike.


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.

“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Runners and walkers from New Hyde Park are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5K courses on Long Island at the Saturday, Aug. 9 Sands Point Sprint.

 

 The run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve. 

 

The August 2013 edition of the Sands Point Sprint attracted 313 finishers, including top New Hyde Park finishers Michael Ringel, who scored first in the 11-14 age group and Dave Frisone, who earned first place honors in the 65-69 age group. Race organizers are looking for both Ringel and Frisone, and a host of other New Hyde Park runners, to be back next week.


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Boot Camp - August 2

Six Gun Concert - August 3 


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