Get ready to horse around as the first annual Northeast Equine Expo comes to town. Expected to draw nearly 30,000 people to the Long Island communities of Elmont and Floral Park, the expo will be the kick-off event for the final leg of the Triple Crown Belmont Stakes Race on Memorial Day weekend, May 29-30.
Expo president and founder Jessica Walsh, a Massachusetts native, first visited the majestic Belmont Park with her grandfather when she was a young child. An avid horse enthusiast, she came up with the idea of creating an equine expo after realizing that New York had yet to host one that incorporated all equestrian disciplines. Through a lot of perseverance and determination, Walsh enlisted a passionate team of staff members to go about the daunting task of organizing the big event. “It’s turned from a dream into a reality and I want to share it with everyone and inspire them,” she said.
Congratulations to the Island Trees High School Varsity Softball team on becoming 2010 Conference II Champions. In addition, a big congratulation goes out to team members who received recognition from the Nassau County Coaches Association.
Twelve teams from Island Trees High School have been named scholar athletes by the NY State Public High School Athletic Association for the 2009/10 school year.
The first Joe Masi Memorial Scholarship will be given this June at graduation thanks to the dedication of the Island Trees community. On April 28, staff from Island Trees Memorial Middle School played against staff from the Island Trees High School in a volleyball tournament. The night was a huge success and raised $3,874 in scholarship money!
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano met Levittown residents (L-R) Danielle Dugan, Gianinna Roldan and Eddie Cassar before the start of the 5K Race at the 2010 RXR / TIAA-CREF Long Island Marathon, held on May 2. Danielle and Gianinna, both students at Island Trees High School, ran the 5K.
Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) walked the “Great Strides” pathway with Arlene Dayboch of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) at Hofstra University in Uniondale last winter, the same pathway where thousands of walkers will find themselves May 22.
Bethpage Federal Credit Union is sponsoring the 25th anniversary of the 2010 Ocean to Sound 50-Mile Relay and Charitable Challenge on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 8 a.m. Start time will be 7 a.m. and an additional start time will be available for teams anticipating the need for more than eight hours to complete the 50 miles.
The spring season is underway, and MacArthur track and field has much to offer to Nassau County. The boys’ and girls’ team, under the supervision of Head Coach Jamie San Filippo and Assistant Coach Christa Imperiale, have a combination of both new and old athletes that will contribute to the outstanding progression of track and field in general.
On the boys’ side, the team is led by UConn-bound Captain Matthew Granata, a threat in any race from the 100 to the 800. In the winter season, he was unanimously voted as the most outstanding performer for Nassau County for his achievements in the 600 especially. As for his spring season, he opened with an impressive 1:57.9 in the 800 and will most likely secure top county rankings in several events.
It was a day when everyone wished they could be a kid again, as a piece of baseball history came to town for all Long Islanders to see. The New York Yankees’ 2009 World Series trophy was unveiled in all its splendid glory on April 21 at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislature Building in Mineola. On hand to give it a warm welcome were County Executive Ed Mangano, Legislators Richard Nicolello, Vincent Muscarella and Denise Ford, along with a class of eager fifth-graders from St. Joseph’s School in Garden City.
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