James J. Regan Gives His Life for His Country
James J. Regan, in his brief life, did not choose the predictable, cushy jobs his background and ability afforded him. Regan, at 26, last week gave his life for his country, a United States Army Ranger killed in Northern Iraq, having already served four tours of duty - two in Afghanistan and two in Iraq. A fellow Army Ranger recalled, "James Regan was the guy you want next to you at all times."
DiNapoli Voted State Comptroller by His Peers
Thomas P. DiNapoli's resignation from his 20-year position as Assemblyman for the 16th Assembly District took place without fanfare on Wed. Feb. 7. Later in the day, he was sworn in as the 54th person to hold the position of comptroller for the State of New York. Although a firestorm raged in the background with a spitting mad governor railing at feeling double-crossed by Speaker Sheldon Silver of the Assembly and an equally defiant state legislature having, according to the state's constitution, the last word on the matter, the promotion from assemblyman to comptroller rolled through and over the controversy.
Manhasset Indoor Boy's Track Win County Championships
The Nassau County Boys and Girls Indoor Track Championships were held on Super-Bowl Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. at Suffolk County Community College. Manhasset's Shannon Mason (12) won the county championship in the 55-meter dash; was fourth in the long jump and ran the anchor leg on the county championship 4 x 200 meter relay team. The other very fast members of the gold medal relay team were three juniors: Kadeem Howell (1st leg), Shea Licata (2nd leg) and Chase Cotter (3rd leg). All three juniors are top football players and are very fast and strengthen the relay around Mason who is one of the fastest athletes in Nassau County. The team outran top teams - Westbury, Roosevelt, Lynbrook, Garden City, Malverne and Valley Stream South for the title. Shannon Mason was MVP scoring 16 1/2 points for his team.
Kwon's Karate and Kumodo School Holds In-House Championships
On Saturday, Feb. 10 over 50 local students at Kwon's Karate and Kumodo School on Hillcrest Avenue in Manhasset removed their shoes and lined up excitedly in the sun - dappled gymnasium for the first in-house championships. Ranging in age from 4 to 17 years they competed to earn their white, orange, green, red and black belts. There were two categories - form and free sparring. Andrew Jacono has been a student for a couple of months and Jorge Matus, with 6 or 7 months "under his belt," claimed "it is really fun and the best is when we do sparring and the worst is the sweat test, when we don't sweat enough and have to do more work - 50 jumping jacks, 10 sit ups and 10 push ups.' Red belt Damien Quinn said he intended to have a good time in the competition and that he hoped "for the best and if things don't go well I will just keep trying." Twenty adult volunteers assisted with the judging that was efficiently divided into several groups testing the same skills. George Georgiadis, a student for 12 years, was engaged in judging his first competition, and grasped a red flag in his left hand and a white in his right. When called upon to show her best Karate form, Alexander Steck completed her moves, then waited for the judges to hold up her scores. The studio is run by father/son team Hy and Dae Kwon. Dae Kwon began helping his father in the studio at age 14. At the time he was in the Manhasset Middle School, having attended Shelter Rock Elementary and then Schreiber High School after the family moved to Port Washington. He is now a certified instructor and teaches alongside his dad who has been teaching for about 40 years. Hy Kwon was in Korea from 1981 to 1983 when he taught Karate to the US Army. Later from 1976 to 1981 he again taught Karate to the Army in Brunei, at the time not independent and under British rule. In 1983 the family moved to the United States and Kwon opened his first studio in Long Island City in 1985. In 1992 he moved the family to Manhasset and has operated Kwon's Karate and Kumodo School for the past 15 years. On Saturday the karate students participating in the first in-house championships were disciplined and serious yet having a good time. Mom Deirdre Denihan said, "It's a great discipline for kids. It teaches them how to stay focused."
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