Levittown resident Paula Moore, 56, finished in 20th place worldwide in the CrossFit Master’s Division 55-59, earning her a spot at this year’s games held in Carson, CA on July 23-25. She had been preparing to make the big trip with her coach Loui Cavallini, co-owner of the Levittown CrossFit Revenge.
Moore was stunned by her success. “ I honestly don’t think the reality of the whole thing has sunk in yet,” she said. “I probably won’t really believe it until I walk into the stadium.”
She had been judged by Levittown CrossFit coaches Cavallini, Vanessa Dooley, and Jonathan Saragossi over more than a month. She completed an intense five-week “Workout of the Day” (WOD) routine, adding each week a new routine that involved cardio, weightlifting, or endurance.
At its annual Lazy Days of Summer Family event each year, the Levittown Community Council holds a basketball competition for kids and adults.
Around The World is a basketball shooting game or drill in which a series of shots must be made in order to move around a circuit and advance to the next position. In a variation for the Lazy Days event, players had two chances to make a shot at each position in order to advance to the next position. The player(s) that advanced furthest around the circuit was the winner.
The Island Trees Board of Education had their Reorganization meeting on Tuesday, July 9 at the Stephen E. Karopczyc School. Nine board members including School Superintendent, Dr. Charles Murphy and re-elected members, Kristen Daum and Barbara Medellin were each given the oath of office.
Wearing a red-hot sequined top and a megawatt smile, Gloria Gaynor wowed a crowd of ten thousand fans at Burns Park this week, with her pitch-perfect voice singing some of her famous hits as well as new songs.
Levittown’s Debbie Ruppert was the last fan of the night, right around midnight. “She was great, fabulous, she sounded wonderful,” she said. “I used to listen to her songs, I am of that age.”
Since 1985 Nassau County’s Mitchel Field in Uniondale has hosted the Empire State games for the Physically Challenged. The games have provided Olympic style competition for thousands of athletes from all over New York State. In December of 2010 the games were cancelled due to budget constraints facing the county.
“We were devastated at the time because these games are so important to so many people,” said Program Director of Victory Challenge and the Empire State Games, Susan Miller. “We went to work to try and bring the games back and this year; thanks to help from County Executive Ed Mangano, we celebrated our third year of the games taking place.”
Lights, camera, action! On Thursday, July 18, director and writer Zachary Kerschberg, will launch the world premiere of his short film One Trick Dieter at the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE), which was filmed in East Meadow.
Kerschberg got his start in filmmaking while in college at UC Berkeley, where he made documentaries about disabilities with his best friend Victor Pineda, who currently runs the Pineda Foundation, an educational foundation for youth with disabilities. After screening some of his films for smaller audiences at the United Nations, World Bank and Paralympics, Kerschberg wanted to do more with his filmmaking talents and decided to go to film school. “I wanted to reach a bigger audience,” said Kerschberg.
Evan of East Meadow runs a collectibles business called Raccoon City, Home of Umbrella, which is known for the expansive selection of Resident Evil collectibles. He was one of the guest vendors at the recent Eternal Con, comic convention at the Cradle of Aviation.
“Resident Evil: Biohazard, this is the most highly rated collectables at this time,” said Evan, comparing Resident Evil’s popularity to that of Star Wars in the 80s.
The Cradle of Aviation recently hosted Eternal Con, a toy expo, military vehicle show, and costume contest for hundreds of comic book fans. Proceeds from an auction of original illustrations and signed comics were donated to the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund. The fund also received the proceeds from the sale of a limited edition, hand-drawn Superman print, ahead of the newest movie release in theatres.
Nassau County firefighters engaged in some fiery competition last week at the Annual Firefighter Cook-Off. The fifth annual event brought the East Meadow, Bethpage and Rockville Centre Fire Departments out to Fairway Market in Westbury to fight for bragging rights and the title of best firehouse chef.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto recently addressed a large crowd in Bethpage in Rotary Circle near the Bethpage LIRR Station at a special ceremony to unveil a memorial for Medal of Honor Recipient 1st Lt. Stephen E. Karopczyc. Lt. Karopczyc, who grew up in Bethpage, served in the United States Army’s Company A, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division.
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