Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00
The Town of Oyster Bay will host a Soccer Festival on Saturday, Aug. 11 at John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa. The event will feature the NCAA men’s and women’s soccer forces from Hofstra, Fairleigh Dickinson, Stony Brook and St. John’s Universities.
The NCAA women’s soccer game will begin at 4 p.m. with Hofstra University versus Fairleigh Dickinson University. The NCAA men’s soccer game will begin at 7 p.m. with Stony Brook University squaring off against St. John’s University.
“The festival, featuring NCAA men’s and women’s soccer, will showcase some of the area’s best soccer talent and will make for an entertaining day for the community to watch and enjoy,” Supervisor John Venditto said.
In between the men’s and women’s games, there will be a free youth clinic at 5:30 p.m., where kids can practice soccer techniques and enjoy a barbecue with players and coaches.
“The sport of soccer is one of Long Island’s most popular youth participation activities,” Venditto said. “This festival represents the widespread appeal of the sport. It should be very popular with local residents who enjoy seeing soccer played at a fun, yet competitive, level. We hope to see our community at the games to support our local college teams.”
Admission is free for town residents, but all attendees are encouraged to bring cans of food, which will be donated to Island Harvest to benefit the fight against hunger.
Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:00
A vehicle accident left a motorcyclist and his passenger dead following an accident on the New York State Thruway. The fatal motorcycle accident occurred at 1:10 a.m. on Sunday, June 2 near Exit 16 in Woodbury, the Associated Press reported.
According to officials, a Suzuki motorcycle operated by Rafaelito DeJesus, 23, of Valley Stream was headed north on the Thruway when he was hit by another vehicle.
Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00
The New York State Senate today passed a bill to protect young and inexperienced drivers by helping to remove distractions that could lead to accidents. The legislation. sponsored by Senator Carl Marcellin (R, Syosset), prohibits the use of cell phones—including hands-free devices—by drivers who hold learner’s permits.
“Young and inexperienced drivers, holding only a learner’s permit, are behind the wheel for one purpose—to learn how to safely operate a vehicle. These drivers need their full attention on the road and for the task of becoming a responsible driver,” said Senator Marcellino. “Even the best teenage drivers don’t have the judgment that comes with experience. Until a new driver has some skill and experience, the use of cell phones while driving should be banned.”
Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
This spring, in anticipation of fielding their strongest Varsity Baseball squad since the program began eight years ago, Portledge decided to change leagues from IPPSAL (Independent Private and Parochial Schools Athletic League) to the Private School Athletic Association and Athletic Conference of Independent Schools (PSAA/ACIS Alliance), in hopes of finding stronger and more consistent competition. As a newcomer to the Alliance League, which consists of independent school teams from all over the metropolitan area, the Panthers were placed in the 10-team 2nd Division.
It didn’t take long for Portledge to demonstrate the rapidly developing quality of their baseball program, as the Panthers hammered their way to a regular season mark of 9 wins and 1 loss. Moving on to the league playoffs, Portledge quickly dispatched their quarter and semi-final foes before heading to the championship game against Bay Ridge Prep on May 21 at MCU (Municipal Credit Union) Park in Brooklyn.
Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
The weather was blustery but hearts were warm at the SYAC Pony League All-Star Game, held at H.B. Thompson Middle School last month.
Thirty specially selected girls who play in the Pony League (grades 2-3) of SYAC Girls Softball put on a fine show for the bundled-up fans. They provided a barrage of hitting, combined with great fielding that ended rallies, sometimes by double plays. Eight dads who volunteer as coaches in the SYAC softball program, assisted the players.