For a small school tucked away in a corner of a small village, The Wheatley School in Old Westbury has accumulated a rich athletic history. The gymnasium has scores of banners hanging, saluting the school’s achievements over the years.
“Two seasons ago, we reached the New York State finals in soccer,’’ athletic director Tom Fitzpatrick said. “We were Nassau County champions in baseball two years ago. Our teams make the playoffs every year. We’re competitive.”
Wheatley is proud of the opportunities it offers its students.
The New York Cosmos have submitted a proposal to build a 25,000-seat soccer stadium at Belmont Parl.
The so-called Elmont Town Crossing will involve transforming two sections of Belmont Park into an entertainment complex, with a “Restaurant Row” of nine new eateries, nearly 250,000 square feet of retail space, a 175-room hotel and the development of a brand-new 4.3-acre public park for the residential community.
The proposed development was formally delivered to the Empire State Development Corporation, the state’s economic development arm, on Jan. 11 and is expected to cost more than $400 million. It would create more than 500 construction jobs and over 3,000 full-time permanent jobs.
Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Councilwoman Lee Seeman joined forces with State Senator Jack Martins and Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello recently to break ground on a long-awaited reconstruction project to restore the New Hyde Park Police Athletic League clubhouse to its former glory.
This kickoff of the renovation project, which was also attended by PAL officials, Nassau County Police Officer Kevin Worth, and Sgt. Doug Kenah, heralded the start of a project that had been hampered by a lack of funds and had consequently languished for over seven years.
The Merillon Athletic Association (MAA), home of the Merillon Little League and Merillon Sharks Travel Program, would like to announce that registration for Spring 2013 is currently open. For more information, please visit www.merillonaa.com to register today.
Congratulations to the Herricks Highlanders Girls Varsity Soccer team on becoming the 2012 Conference Champs. The team went undefeated, 10-0, in league play.
Members of the New Hyde Park PAL, led by Officer Kevin Worth, the director of the program, met on Monday morning, November 19, to discuss plans for the renovation of the gymnasium at the PAL’s headquarters on Denton Avenue in New Hyde Park. Funding is now in place for work to be done renovating the gym, which will include a new gym floor. Work will also be done to alleviate any future flooding programs. The PAL will fund most of the work. Senator Jack M. Martins, who attended the meeting, will be assisting the PAL in looking for additional funding sources.
As the sun set on a picture perfect Sunday and the lights came on at Tully Park, children from New Hyde Park, Floral Park, Franklin Square, Roosevelt and Oceanside took to the lacrosse field to play the game they love. From a spectator’s view it looked like any other game, but this night was different. On this night they were playing for a cause.
Just over two weeks ago Hurricane Sandy pounded the East Coast and left Long Island in state of destruction. Some lost power while others lost everything. When Eric Rudd from Long Island Park Lacrosse called Pete McClean from the New Hyde Park PAL Lacrosse the mission was clear “Kids playing for kids.”
The Eastern New York State Soccer Association (ENYSSA) will induct its 15th member from Long Island into its Hall of Fame (HOF) this year after announcing that New Hyde Parker Willie Dempsey’s nomination by the Long Island Soccer Football League (LISFL) has been accepted. This comes only months after he was named “Life Member” at the LISFL’s annual awards dinner in June. Dempsey will be the first Long Island inductee to the HOF since Malusa Marco in 2010.
Willie has been part of the Long Island perennial powerhouse amateur club New York Irish Rovers for over 30 years, starting as a player later becoming an administrator and is currently club president. Dempsey’s achievements both as player and coach are unequivocally one of the best resumes in amateur soccer on LI, including 10 New York State Championships (four Division 1 Manning Cups), 20 Long Island League Championships, 24 Long Island Cup Championships and six Sportsmanship Awards. Thanks in part to Willie, the New York Irish Rovers is currently the second most-decorated club in the 64 year history of the LISFL.
A press conference was held two days later, except Mangano wasn’t there; the New York Islanders organized a press conference at 620 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center, the franchise’s new rink as of 2015.
“HOTA… HOTA… HOTA…” chanted the Franklin Square, Floral Park, and Garden City girls from the HOTA soccer club as they marched in the spirited German-American Stueben Parade on Saturday, Sept. 15 in New York City.
Staged as the 7th division in the parade line, a little waiting on 58th Street didn’t put a damper on the girls’ spirits. They used up the time to build camaraderie by sharing city pretzels, buying German flags, and stocking up on other fun trinkets from street vendors. HOTA Lightening Coach Greg Shevlin said, “There’s a feeling of community among the girls – it’s a great way to honor HOTA’s heritage and build solidarity.”
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