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NHP Knights Shine In Basketball Tourney

Nassau County Police Activity League Special Needs Unit hosted the recent Special Olympics New York Basketball Tournament held at Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center home of Nassau County PAL (NCPAL). Thirteen basketball teams, each with up to ten players, participated in the games. NCPAL-

Special Needs Unit Knights; NCPAL New Hyde Park Knights; SCO Owls; Commack Sharks; Long Island Lions: ACDS Thunderbolts, AHRC Starz and for the first time the Oakville Skywalkers, a Canadian team, competed on the court to demonstrate their skill and spirit of sportsmanship. After the games gold, silver and bronze medals and ribbons were awarded to each of the players.

 

“This was the sixth time Nassau County PAL participated in the Long Island Region of Special Olympics New York basketball program and the fourth time it has hosted the tournament,” said Harvey Pollack, NCPAL Trustee Special Needs Unit. “The facilities in Hicksville were ideal for all the special needs players taking part in the games. It was a fun-filled day for us all.” 

 

The morning opening ceremony began with Special Needs Athletes, T. J. Timmons with a color guard, singing the Star Spangled Banner. The Master of Ceremonies declared the games open after the athletes recited the Special Olympics Creed: “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” 

 

“It’s a place to be amongst their peers, be treated like equals and really get out there and show people what they are capable of doing and focusing on their ability and not their disability,” Special Olympics New York Regional Director Diane Colonna said.

 

The Special Needs Unit of the Nassau County Police Activity League serves children ages 5 and up with varying disabilities. Sport, recreation and socialization activities provide for children who have difficulty fitting into typical sports programs. The primary goal is to develop physical, mental and social skills allowing the children to gain confidence and self-esteem to enable them to reach their maximum potential. 

 

For volunteer opportunities or to learn more about NCPAL programs for boys and girls, visit www.nassaucountypal.org; www.specialneedspal.org and www.facebook.com/

News

Running for his second major office in as many years, Adam Haber touched on familiar themes in a visit to Anton Media Group to discuss his candidacy for the Seventh District New York State Senate seat, where Haber is challenging the Republican incumbent, Jack Martins.

 

Haber entered politics in 2009, when he ran for and won, a seat on the Roslyn School Board. The district was then reeling from an embezzlement scandal that had cost it millions of dollars. Haber touted his achievements on the board, including bringing finances into line to the point where the district has seen the lowest tax increases of any district in Nassau County. Last year, Haber ran for the Democratic Party’s nomination to challenge Edward P. Mangano for the Nassau County executive’s race. 

After a recent security scare, the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is leading a push to get public election polling moved out of school buildings. The board of education is aiming to pass its resolution at the state level to encompass all New York Schools and address what they see as a broad school security flaw. 

 

“What’s good for our kids should be good for any child in any other public school in the entire state,” Superintendent Robert Katulak said. 


Sports

 

The Sewanhaka Indians topped the Herricks Highlanders, 26-6, on Saturday, Oct. 25. The Indians (5-2) Garden City High School to close out the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at 170 Rockaway Ave., Garden City.

 

(Photos by Stephen Takacs)


The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 


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