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.
With three games remaining in the football season, the JV Bulldogs looked poised to finish with another successful season. After Saturday’s home win 36-6 over the Valley Stream North Spartans the Island Trees JV Football team improved their record to three wins and two losses.
Everything has been working in favor of the girls volleyball squad at Division this year. They’ve continued their remarkable season after an effortless win last Wednesday against Westbury High School. Division slayed the Green Dragons in straight sets, 25-11, 25-10, 25-6. Not only have Division been undefeated the entire season but they’ve also clinched the Conference A-III title with a perfect 14-0 record.
The Levittown Soccer Club’s annual fundraiser to support breast cancer research was assisted by some of its smallest members. The Girls U6 Mustangs, made up entirely of six-year-olds and under, purchased shirts and their coach matched their contribution by purchasing their socks in the now familiar PINK representing Breast Cancer Awareness. These items are sold each year by Levittown Soccer Club as part of their commitment to raise money for breast cancer research. The travel director, Kris Tung, dedicates countless hours and square footage in his home to ensure that the “Let’s Kick Cancer” program continues to rally the Levittown Soccer community. Last year the club donated $4,000 to breast cancer research.
At noon on Sunday, Oct. 27 the Levittown Soccer Club is presenting an $8,000 check to Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) at Gardiners Avenue Elementary School, after selling pink socks and t-shirts to the community. All kids are wearing during games to raise awareness and show efforts. For information call Nicole Mancini at 347-739-2178.
MacArthur High School students Shannon Murphy and Eric Russo are this year’s recipients of the annual Mercury Club scholarship award. The Mercury Club, a parent booster club for cross-country and winter and spring track and field teams, annually awards a deserving male and female track student with a $500 scholarship. The students are chosen based on an essay which describes how being a part of a team has influenced them and helped them prepare for college. Next fall, Murphy will attend the University of Kentucky to study pre-veterinary science, and Russo will attend the University of Albany to study business. (Photo by Syntax)
The Levittown Boys U10 team wore pink socks to help support breast cancer awareness recently to raise awareness.
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