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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

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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