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Try To Fly At Eisenhower

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. 

 

“After trying a beginner class, I got totally hooked,” she said. “I always saw it at the circus, but I had no idea that I could do it too.”

 

Her experience in gymnastics in secondary school and springboard diving in college made the experience both familiar and new.

 

“Being on a trapeze is like gymnastics in the air,” said Cagnazzi. “When I first tried, I was nervous, but my worries subsided once I got into it. I fell in love with it.”

 

Even though the trapeze is far from the ground, Cagnazzi always feels safe.

 

“There is always a net underneath you and a harness on you,” she said. “Someone on the ground also controls your harness. If you fall, they will catch you and make sure you land softly.”

 

She finds the exercises refreshing, and further enjoys the connections she has made with other members.

 

“It clears my head and gets me out of my everyday routine,” she said. “I made many friends at class, and we go out together afterward.”

 

I.FLY instructors teach their students tricks that enhance confidence and skills. Being precise is important.

 

“A lot of it involves timing,” she explained. “You have to jump off the board at the right time and the catcher has to be in the right position.”

 

Cagnazzi does not plan to join the circus, but she plans to continue to enjoy classes at I.FLY. “I don’t see myself ever stopping. I hope to learn harder tricks and get better,” she said.  “I think everyone should try it. It’s the most fun ever.”

 

I.FLY, 1899 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow, has programs and workshops for children ages 7-16, adults and mixed ages. For details, visit www.iflytrapeze.com. The phone number is 516-640-6995.

News

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island, came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run.

 

For Andrea Kopatka, 49, of Levittown, this was her first race in three years. 

 

“I wanted to run this race before I turned 50,” she said. “It was on my bucket list.” 

Over the summer, 13-year-old Zachary Martin of Levittown was named an All-American athlete for his performance on the gridiron, earning him an invitation to the ninth annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

 

Martin, a defensive lineman for the Wisdom Lane Middle School Wildcats, said he was selected among a group of young athletes after attending a rigorous five-day football camp at LIU Post.  


Sports

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Michelle Duffy of Levittown was recently named head coach for the Blue Angels’ cross country program at the College of New Rochelle. 

 

“We are very pleased to have a coach with Michelle’s pedigree take the reins of our cross country program,” said Athletics Director Harold Crocker. “Her success athletically and academically, as well as her ability to mentor and guide young women, makes her the ideal coach for the Blue Angels.”


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Levittown Board of Ed - September 10

Patriot Day - September 11

Annual Country Fair  - September 13


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