The Levittown Police Athletic League and Babe Ruth Leagues recently received part of a $43,000 BP Fueling Communities grant from the New York and New Jersey gas station owners.
The donations are part of $1.3 million that BP Branded Marketers of New York and New Jersey have given back to their communities since 2011, when the Fueling Communities program was established. Last year, BP Branded Marketers supported the Police Athletic League through Fueling Communities, and this year they are expanding outreach to another youth sports organization as well as addressing Hurricane Sandy relief.
Three MacArthur High School student athletes have signed National Letters of Intent, signifying thier plans to continue their sports careers at the collegiate level. The senior athletes were accompanied by their parents and coaches as they signed on the dotted line, to receive scholarship funds and fulfill their goals of playing on a college team. School district officials congratulated the following athletes as they embark on this important milestone in their athletic careers.
Kevin Roach and Andrew Seniuk combined to lead the MacArthur boys basketball team to the playoffs during the 2011-12 season. Now they again are teammates.
Seniuk has joined Roach on the Division III SUNY New Paltz men’s basketball team.
Communication was the key word during a visit by the Islanders hockey team to Abbey Lane Elementary School.
“It’s important to be a team not only on the ice but off the ice,” Islanders defenseman Brian Strait told Levittown students. “You become friends with your teammates and have a sense of protection for one another on the ice.”
Registration for the winter and spring PAL programs in Levittown will take place at the NCPAL-Levittown unit office at 3000 Hempstead Turnpike, Suite 203 in Levittown on Tuesday, Nov. 19, and Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This season the following sports will be held:
Aside from winning a Stanley Cup, representing Team USA is the most cherished accomplishment that a hockey player can achieve in this country. For Levittown native Chris Joseph, that dream is about to become a reality.
“I was ecstatic”, said Joseph in regards to his feelings upon being told he was selected to represent Team USA in Trentino, Italy next month. “It’s a huge honor and achievement,” he added.
Hockey has long been in the Joseph family roots. His father, Hal, played collegiately. His brother did as well; he was a goalie at Stony Brook.
Breast cancer has touched a lot of lives on Long Island so when the Levittown Soccer Club was trying to find a way to give back to the community, the organization was a no-brainer. The club decided to raise money for Breast Cancer Research Foundation, headed by Long Islander Stephanie Ginsberg, to be their target. “I couldn’t have picked a more amazing person and organization,” said Nicole Mancini, a parent and organizer of the fundraiser.
The soccer club bolted into action with the creation of T-shirts with the saying, “Let’s Kick Cancer” as well as pink socks. With more than $4,000 raised in 2012, the club got down to business again. With the community’s support, more than 250 shirts were sold along with 600 pairs of socks, amounting to $8,000 for the organization.
Beneath the cover of October skies the MacArthur High School Generals celebrated Homecoming and sealed a victory over the Elmont Spartans by a score of 33-14. The boys played a solid game which included Paul Guiliano catching a nine-yard pass from Jimmy Kelleher with 1:30 left in the first half to give the Generals a 20-8 lead.
Other exciting moments came with Mike Rothberg making 14 tackles and Carmine Criscione rushing for 152 yards on 23 carries. The Generals are in 4th place with a 4-3 record.
On Friday, Oct. 18, the girls’ varsity soccer team ended their season with an exciting 1-0 win over Oyster Bay High School. Wins were not easy to come by this season for the Lady Dragons as they went 4-3-5 in conference play. The girls missed the playoffs by one point this season. This is only the sixth time in the last 30 years that the playoffs were out of reach for the Blue Dragons.
Members of American Legion Post 1711 of Levittown led by Commander Joe Simpson, County Executive Ed Mangano, Legislator Dennis Dunne, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Council 9592 members lead by Commander Barry Scheu recently gathered to officially change the name of Polaris Field to Vietnam Veterans’s Memorial Field.
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