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New York Mets Stars Visit Viscardi

Murphy, Gee take time for local youngsters 

Over the years, many New York sports legends have visited The Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center in Albertson. Among them have been Joe Namath, Tom Seaver, Don Mattingly and Rusty Staub. A number of years ago, several members of the New York Islanders also entertained Viscardi students.


On Wednesday, Sept. 18, it was the turn of two current New York Mets stars—Daniel Murphy and Dillon Gee—to brighten the day for youngsters at Viscardi. 


The two Mets mainstays were big hits with the students as they played ball and fielded questions about life in the major leagues, such as their favorite teams to play. As part of the visit, Viscardi students received a Mets knit hat before they returned to their classes.


The visit brought some good luck to the Mets. That evening, as the Mets entertained the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants at CitiField, a video of the Viscardi visit appeared on the big Mets scoreboard in centerfield. That accompanied a thrilling 5-4 victory by the Mets over the Giants. 


The big day was Dillon Gee’s second visit to the school. Gee has also participated in Viscardi’s highly popular annual Celebrity Sports Night.


“It’s better every time I come,” he said. “They had some great questions to ask today.”


“This was a chance to come and take a step away from our job and see what good is done here,” added Murphy. “We came to lift their spirits, but you are more blessed than when you walked in.”






Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


SUNY College at Old Westbury recently named Dr. Anthony DeLuca of Levittown as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  

DeLuca, now entering his third year at Old Westbury, also holds the position as director Old Westbury’s Honors College.


“We are thrilled that Dr. DeLuca will serve as Old Westbury’s Faculty Athletics Representative,” said director of athletics Lenore Walsh.  “He is a champion for intercollegiate athletics and has been involved with our program since his arrival at Old Westbury.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Dr. DeLuca in support of our students’ academic and athletic pursuits at Old Westbury.”

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


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