Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00
The U11 Plainview Hawks won a championship game over the Levittown North Stars by a score of 9-1 in the Hicksville Fall Classic. Plainview went 7-1 in the fall and the team’s only loss was to this Levittown team in the first game of the tournament by a score of 6-3.
This was a team win with patience at the plate, aggressive base running, timely hitting and strong pitching. Eric K. started the game and at first it looked like Levittown came to play. Their leadoff hitter walked on four pitches and went on to steal second and third base. Eric settled in by striking out the second batter of the game, and a soft line drive to first was caught by Alex J. for the second out. With the runner still stranded at third, Eric battled to strike out the next hitter for the final out of the inning. Eric went on and pitched his heart out and ran into very little trouble to finish a complete game, giving up one unearned run, three hits and finishing with nine strikeouts.
The Hawks took advantage quickly in the bottom of the first inning with Max L. leading off with his own walk. He stole second base and Ryan S. executed a sacrifice bunt to advance Max to third base. Max would go on to steal home to make it a 1-0 game. Jason P. and Alex J., who both would reach base on consecutive walks, scored on a double by Matty M. Ethan B. would follow Matty with his own double to bring in the fourth run of the inning. Ethan B. came up limping with a hard slide into second base and pinch runner Ryan S. would wind up stealing third base and scored on a sacrifice play by “BIG” Gianni R.
The Hawks went up 5-0 in the first and never looked back. They went on to score one more run in the second inning, another in the fourth, and two more in the fifth.
On a footnote, the Hawks finished the game with nine runs by eight different players. They also attempted 14 steals while only being thrown out once. Congratulations go out to the U11 Plainview Hawks: all their hard work resulted in a successful fall season and the championship.
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.
Massapequa resident and event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
For as long as she could remember, Christina Amato-Smith has always wanted to open her own hair salon. The Floral Park native worked at a salon down the road from her home, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Amato-Smith made good on her promise to herself.
“I came to Bethpage to open my business because my clients were here,” said Amato-Smith, who now lives in Lindenhurst and has owned Top Cuts for 20 years.
While her business has been met with much success, in 2008, Amato-Smith’s personal life was met with a life altering challenge when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. It was this event that prompted Top Cuts to organize a cut-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. This year’s event occurs on Saturday, Nov. 1.