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Levittown Student Bowls His Way To State

Last month, two of Levittown’s Division Avenue High School student-athletes—sophomore Brandon Soedarmasto and senior Chris Reilly—competed in the Nassau County Bowling Individuals Tournament, for a shot at becoming the county’s top-ranked bowler. 

Of the two, Soedarmasto was the tournament winner with a total pin count of 1,389, making him the top-ranked bowler in the entire county. During the regular bowling season, Soedarmasto bowled a 236.3 average over the course of 36 games. Reilly also did an outstanding job, finishing the tournament in fourth place overall with a total pin count of 1,365. Both Soedarmasto’s and Reilly’s individual scores in the county tournament, would qualify them for the New York State competition.  

During the February meeting of the Board of Education, Soedarmasto was honored as the county’s top-ranked bowler. Coach Brian Maloney congratulated Brandon on the season’s accomplishments and explained that his successes lie in “his ability to step up when the pressure is on.” Division Avenue High School Principal Joan Lorelli stated that “consistency” was also another of Soedarmasto’s great traits.

 

— Submitted by the Levittown Public Schools

News

Nassau County drivers are up in arms due to the recent implementation of school zone speed cameras, which have issued numerous violations since they were installed just weeks ago. The source of residents beef with the county’s speed cameras stems from the cameras issuing speed violations even when school wasn’t in session.

 

Director of Nassau County Traffic Safety Chris Mistron said that while some residents were taken by surprise, summer school hours are still considered a violation period. 

One local mom was concerned about her shy daughter’s first acting class at the newly opened Neighborhood Entertainment Arts and Theatre (NEAT) at 166 Center Lane in Levittown; but after her daughter’s lesson with Theatre Director Watson Miller, she was surprised to hear her daughter broke out of her shell, singing not one, but two songs for the class. 

 

“My husband has a very special gift with kids,” Koula Miller said. “He brings out the best in them.” 


Sports

Golfer Annie Park, 19, of Levittown came close at the U.S. Women’s Amateur tourney, but missed the cut, finishing at 149, 9 strokes over par and just one stroke away from the match-play cut-off. 

 

“I couldn’t make any putts, so then I had more pressure into my shots to get it closer,” Park said, “but obviously that’s not going to work.”

It might not be what you think of as a traditional sport, but at Eisenhower Park people are doing flips in the air and dangling from harnesses, training at I.FLY, a recreational flying trapeze and circus arts program.

 

Anna Marie Cagnazzi is a fairly new convert. “I love the freedom that I feel and the sense of accomplishment that I get,” Cagnazzi said. “Everyone always cheers, and I feel so good about myself. You don’t get to feel that in your everyday life.”

 

Over a year ago the 30-year-old Bethpage resident had no idea that a regular person could trapeze recreationally. Then a co-worker suggested they try a I.FLY class together. 


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