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Local Students Attain Belt Promotions

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 “Our goal at Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school. “The studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is a full time, professional martial arts school, with classes for children, adults and teenagers.  The school is the only one on Long Island that also offers Karatatot, the only program specifically designed for children 4 1/2 to 6 years old. 

Congratulations to the following graduates:

From Brookville:  Elan Adami to brown belt.

From Williston Park: Jake Barraza to purple belt, Austin Velez to black/brown belt,

Thomas Zaid and Matthew Gavagan to yellow belt.

From Roslyn Heights:  Michael Diehl to red belt.

From New Hyde Park:  Edward Mauceri to Green Belt, William Birkdale to Brown belt.

From Carle Place: Michael Mancuso to orange belt, Vincent Natalie to yellow belt, Jack Taveras to orange belt.

From Manhasset:  Nikhil Mehta to brown belt.

From Mineola:  Andrew Paternostro to brown belt, Ethan Sargeant to brown belt,

Addie Steinberg to brown belt.

From Old Westbury:  Zak Zulfiqar to yellow belt.

From East Williston:  Anthony Tufano to yellow belt, Gabrielle Tragale to brown belt.


News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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