On March 26, the Long Island Ducks announced the signing of pitcher Gustavo Chacin. The former Major Leaguer begins his first season in the Atlantic League and 14th in professional baseball.
“Gustavo brings a tremendous amount of Major League experience to our rotation,” says Ducks President/General Manager Michael Pfaff. “We are excited to see him on the mound this season.”
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto and Town Councilwoman Beth Faughnan visited with the participants and volunteers at this year’s United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County’s (UCPN) 8th Annual Polar Bear “Break the Ice” Swim at Theodore Roosevelt Park and Marina.
Alex Gallego past President of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce has often participated in the Polar Bear swims, representing the chamber. This year he brought along his two beautiful daughters.
Following the earlier and equally stunning news that future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning would sign as a free agent with the Denver Broncos, Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner, found himself on the trade block. The Jets swooped in and acquired the lefty, while surrendering two mid-round draft picks. So, what’s the early verdict?
Oyster Bay High School Freshman Nicholas Orlowski began playing lacrosse for Oyster Bay in 2010 when he was in the 7th grade. He loved the sport so much that he looked for other ways to play in the off-season. Nick joined a summer travel team in a program called “For the Love of the Game.”
The coaches noticed that Mr. Orlowski had exceptional skills and recommended that he try out to compete on a national level. In the summer of his 8th grade year, Nick made the team. He traveled with his team comprised of other 8th grade players from Long Island to Maryland to compete in a tournament facing off against teams from all over the country.
On Saturday, March 24, Centro Cultural Hispano’s Youth Group will be hosting its first-ever sports clinic – for free. “One of the goals of the youth group is to teach adolescent youths about the satisfaction of giving back to their communities,” says Cinthia Scavone, the programs director. “What better way to give back to your community than to teach younger kids.”
For many sports, if a team wins the county championship, they often go on to regional and state championship competitions. In Fencing, the county championship is the highest plateau.
When the Oyster Bay High School Boys Varsity Fencing Team recently won the Nassau County Championship it seemingly spelled the end of an illustrious high school fencing career of Oyster Bay High School senior Jack Greenfield.
Local residents Delaney Eichorn and Maggie McNamara have qualified for the Metropolitan Swimming Junior Olympics to be held in West Nyack, New York. The athletes will be competing for their club team Long Island Aquatic Club during the three day competition.
Long Island Aquatic Club, located in Garden City, is the premier USA Swimming Club on Long Island. The team regularly sends swimmers to compete at regional and national competitions, and has already qualified seven swimmers for the USA Swimming Olympic Trials this summer.
Members of the Polar Bear Plunge committee enjoyed lunch at the Coach Grill after a visit to Roosevelt Park in preparation for the March 11th Polar Bear Plunge!
The convivial group included Mary Brosky, a Development Manager at the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. and the coordinator of the Polar Bear Plunge event; Pat Quinn the Community Outreach manager for UCPA of NC who helps get community involvement in the Polar Bear Plunge event; as well as co-chairs Frank Ozol, past chief Atlantic Steamer Fire Company; and co-chair Jack Sullivan.
The New York Islanders are partnering with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) for a special fundraising night Thursday, March 29 when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m. To go along with the donations and support of Islanders fans and all hockey fans in the area, Islanders Owner Charles Wang plans to personally match the total donation from the evening.
“It’s terrible that this is even an issue we have to deal with in our country, but it’s a big problem,” Wang said. “These are our children we’re talking about. They’re our future. We have to protect them as best we can. This is one of many steps we need to take and I look forward to the rest of the NHL and professional sports communities joining us in this fight.”
Just 398 hardy soles braved the inclement weather on Saturday morning, Feb. 11 at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, and when the snowflakes had settled 22-year old Bradley Raxenberg of Woodbury and 31-year old Shari Klarfeld on Plainview emerged as the top male and female finishers overall. The OBVR 5 Kilometer Run was the kickoff event of the new RunNassau Series of races leading up to the Long Island Marathon in May.
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