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Herricks Leisure Club Welcomes Spring

The seniors of the Herricks Leisure Club welcomed spring after an active, and sometimes arduous, winter.

 

The new year started with a flea market and a presentation of Pinocchio by the drama students of the Center Street Schoolin January. 

 

In February, the club celebrated Valentine’s Day with a dais decorated by Helene Picchiello, and apple turnovers donated by Martha Harris.

 

Members also celebrated two anniversaries and 14 birthdays, including the 104th of Anton Pramberger who sadly passed away shortly after reaching that milestone.

 

Twenty members of the group attended a Valentine’s luncheon sponsored by the Town of North Hempstead to honor couples married at least 50 years. 

 

Other February highlights included a road trip to Empire Casino in Yonkers, and guest speakers including Steve Sussman, a mentalist, and Ronald Baumbach, author of “The Last Walk on Our Block,” about bygone days in Williston Park.

 

While bad weather caused some cancelations in early March, club members were able to enjoy trips to the Milleridge Inn and the Westbury Theatre.

 

At the March 14 meeting, the group received an update on Project Independence from Hilda Escobar and Assemblywoman Maureen O’Connell warned about scams. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Dorothy Daly delivered an Irish blessing and David Monfort regaled the group with Irish humor. Tess Fiorentino and Marie Rallo arranged a traditional feast of corned beef and cabbage.

 

On March 21, the group had pastries to mark the Feast of St. Joseph. Guest speakers Marion Rizzo and Gary Zimmermann of Syl-Lee Antiques presented a program on heirlooms. Each member was given an estimated value of one of their personal “treasures.” 

 

In April, the club again welcomed the students from the Center Street Drama Club. A casino trip to Mount Airy Resort was made even more memorable by a stormy bus ride home. The group also mourned the passing of long-time constituent Bill Clark.

News

In the year it’s been open, the Space at Westbury has been host to musicians, comedians, dancers and last week, the venue opend its doors for world class boxers and their loyal fans. One of the headliners was Richie “Brazil” Neves, from New Hyde Park.

 

Winner Takes All Productions and Greg Cohen Promotions brought a night of boxing to the Space on Thursday, Nov. 13. While boxing events have come to Long Island before, this was the first of its kind to come to The Space. 

Commuting to work via train is exasperating and expensive—add on the stress of parking and the threat of tickets, it becomes madness.

 

“There’s a lot of parking if you get here early enough,” commuter Michelle Vernant said. “If you think you’re getting a spot after 8:30 a.m., think again.”

 

At the New Hyde Park Train Station, there are 340 commuter parking spaces that line the train station from New Hyde Park Road to Covert Avenue.


Sports

Despite a disappointing playoff loss against the Wantagh Warriors, Sewanhaka Indians Head Coach George Kasimatis, is pleased with his football team’s season. 

“I’m proud of my team,” he said. “But you are never satisfied unless you win the whole thing.”

 

The Indians faced a big challenge this year, moving up into Conference II left them as the new kids on the block, unfamiliar with the teams they would be going against. 

Kasimatis will have a tall task next year replacing graduating seniors, which made up most of his starting lineup. Kasimatis said most of the offensive line, such as Danny Gianotti, Adrian Gonzalez and Louis Segarra III, and the defensive line, such as Justin Alexandre, Peter LaTorre and Peter Militano are seniors, many of which have started multiple years for him. 

The fifth seeded Sewanhaka Indians traveled to Wantagh to take on the fourth seeded Wantagh Warriors on Friday, Nov. 7 for its opening playoff game. 

 

The Indians opened the game sluggish on offense, and were held in check throughout the first quarter. The Indians defense did its best to keep the team within striking distance, but field position form shaky special teams play, put them in a difficult position. 

 

Warriors running back Dylan Beckwith, was able to punch in a 15-yard touchdown run, to give the Warriors a one score lead after the first quarter. 


Calendar

Songfest Tickets - November 19

PTA Meeting - November 19

Herricks School Board Meeting - November 20


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