Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
On Friday February 15, St. Pius X Church’s very own fifth-grade girls basketball team was named the CYO Long Island Division Champions. The season-long effort from the Plainview based team resulted in them placing first out of 68 teams in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
The girls, coached by Michael Mastorides and Jamie Ortsman, defeated St. Frances in a close and exciting championship game. St. Pius X was trailing St. Frances the entire game, but with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Pius tied up the game by sinking two foul shots. The game then went into overtime, 15-15.
The intensity from the game carried through into overtime, where neither of the teams scored for a majority of the three-minute period. In the final seconds, a St Pius player, who was trapped in the corner, shot the ball into the air. The final buzzer went off as the ball ricocheted around the rim and dropped through the net. Both the team and the crowd in the gym went wild in celebration of the girls 17-15 championship win.
Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00
One local playwright and his company — The Plainview Project — seem to be headed to the big leagues.
Claude Solnik of Plainview, the Plainview Project’s writer, is married with two children. While he has a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University, after graduating he ended up going into journalism, which currently remains his day job. But in his free time he indulged in his true passion, hammering out numerous play scripts until the day they he realized that he needed to stop sitting on these works he was creating and put them in the hands of actors that could give them life.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Even as they hoped the parties would reach a last-minute settlement, commuters across Long Island were scrambling last week to devise alternate plans for getting to work if Long Island Rail Road’s 5,400 workers go on strike July 20. And they were vocal in their anger with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The strike, it seems, has roused commuter ire over a wide range of LIRR issues, from timeliness to cleanliness to costs.
“I’ll have to figure out a new way home from work,” said Marco Allicastro, a 20-year-old Queens resident waiting for a train home at the Bethpage station after a day’s work at the local King Kullen. “Long Island doesn’t really have a lot of options in terms of transportation. Maybe I should get a new job.”